Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning | Cat's Cradle | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning

When: Thu., Oct. 7, 8:30 p.m. 2010

Mines, the first album from Portland trio Menomena in three years, reasserts their place as one of indie rock's most challenging but accessible acts. Never content with a straightforward structure, rhythm or melody, Menomena's music is a highly developed guide through the unexpected, making the bait and the switch synonymous. Meters flash forward and disappear; tones tease and escape; songs take shape, evaporate and reform, drama consistently ratcheted higher and higher. "Tithe," for instance, opens with a chorus of thumb pianos, slowly staggering against bells and radiant chords from a distant grand piano. Over the next four minutes, guitar, bass and drums claw and cut, the parts shooting past like disconnected fragments that have happily found one another. Indie pop is rarely this exploratory and energizing. Brooklyn's Suckers open with their hyper-convoluted, prog-lined pop, along with Corina Repp's new project, Tu Fawning. —Grayson Currin

Price: $12-15

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