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David Bazan, Rocky Votolato

CASEY JARMAN
9 pm, Friday July 15 | $15
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave.
 
[ROCK BULLSHIT DETECTOR] Even for David Bazan—who has made a career out of calling out his own bullshit—new disc Strange Negotiations is one conflicted album. This becomes resoundingly clear on the album's fourth song, "People," where Bazan sings: "Man, you've got to find the truth and when you find that truth, don't budge/ Until that truth you found begins to change, and it does/ I know." That sentiment, delivered over raw, live-sounding riffage, pretty much sums up the Seattle songwriter's legacy—but there's something satisfying about hearing him cop to it. And while Bazan focuses much of Strange Negotiations on self-improvement and reconciliation ("Level With Yourself," "Virginia"), he finds plenty of time for casting cathartic stones ("Wolves at the Door," "Don't Change"). But he's at his best on the title track, a moving six-minute meditation on the U.S. bank bailouts and corporate control that reminds us that Bazan, already one of the finest songwriters of his generation, is indeed getting better all the time.

Where: Mississippi Studios
Phone: 288-3895
Address: 3939 N Mississippi Ave.
Website: www.mississippistudios.com

 
 

Mississippi Studios

3939 N Mississippi Ave.
Portland, OR
 
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