When: Thu., Sept. 9, 8-11 p.m.
Mo Troper’s third solo record, Natural Beauty, was recorded in the uneasy yet fertile time after the singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist returned to his hometown of Portland from two brief, failed experiments of living elsewhere: first in Los Angeles and then in New York.
Instead of the “snot-nosed pwnage” of his earlier music (so said Pitchfork in their 6.0 review of his debut solo album), this new record presents the salient details of Troper’s life without the juvenile editorializing that has, at times, kept listeners at arm’s length.
Dogbreth is a vehicle for the intimate and often tender guitar-driven power-pop of Arizona songwriter Tristan Jemsek and an ever-revolving lineup of friends. NPR has described Dogbreth’s music as “the work of punks who write youthful, larger-than-life songs that still wrinkle at the edges.” And KEXP wrote of their 2019 LP ‘Ever Loving’ as “Bountiful with
warmth and emotional intelligence.”