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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Lower Dens, and Hibou

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Neptune Theatre University District
Fri., Jan. 29, 9 p.m. 2016 All Ages

$18

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s third album, Multi-Love, is the kind of cultural artifact that’s so out of step with the times that it’s timeless (only the references to smart phones give the game away). The muted trumpet on “Necessary Evil” and slick saxophone on “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty" evoke 1980s fern bars filled with wine cooler-sipping Patrick Nagel collectors in designer polo shirts. Not exactly the hippest reference point, but founder Ruban Nielson knows how to turn unfashionable tropes on their head. On other tracks, his Portland trio recalls Michael Jackson circa Off the Wall, or Scritti Politti circa Cupid & Psyche 85. It’s a kaleidoscopic dance record in which sunshine pop, paisley funk, and chrome-plated jazz coalesce into an irresistible whole. KATHY FENNESSY

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