Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Zags


AM Clouds

9 pm

$8 advance, $8 day of show

21 and over

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The Zags


The Zags

On the Zags' third full-length, the Portland pop band's familiar over-driven guitars, excitable back beats and insistent ear worms are as apparent as ever. But The Cliff also shows off a more varied spin on the band's established template. Songwriters David Ricardo and Stanton Hall offer spare, slower songs; arrangements with trumpets and oboes; and, given the times, some lyrics that touch on weightier issues like the rise of American fascism, privilege and the global climate crisis. Most of all, every song carries hooks that threaten to crawl into the listener's brain and stay awhile!






Post-punk pop


Bend-based indie rockers Cosmonautical interweave driving rhythms and soaring guitar harmonies to create cranial post-punk hooks that dig in with all the pull of pop, while retaining their own brand of fiercely thought provoking lyricism. Drummer Phil McIntire and bassist Mackenzie Hatfield lay down a solid foundation of pulse-pounding rhythm that provides a launchpad for lead guitarist Jaren Brown, and singer-guitarist David von Schlegell, whose masterful vocals breathe life into complex but catchy lyrics. All the members of Cosmonautical are active members of the central Oregon music community.



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