Dodos, Au, Light Pollution | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Wed., Oct. 8, 8 p.m. 2008

Au’s new Verbs (Aagoo) isn’t an album response to No Age’s Nouns, but the two do share a similar approach, pulling disparate influences into one rollicking, weird-pop whole. Au is a project of multi-instrumentalist Luke Wyland, who dips into Portland’s indie-pop pool to make records and play shows. Verbs, his second album, features 25 guests, and his band’s ever-changing lineup can be anywhere from two to two dozen strong. For this tour he’s backed by Dana Valatka of Jackie-O Motherfucker on drums and vocals. The songs are sprawling and expansive, with shades of Eno and Reich coming through the cacophony, but Wyland’s clearly got a tight rein on things; it’s not a new-folk jamboree even though it sometimes leans that way. —Jessica Hopper

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