Up & Coming
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Music previews for the week of June 26-July 2.
ALELA DIANE, HOLCOMBE WALLER (The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th) See My, What a Busy Week!, and our read our article on Alela Diane.
CHRIS PUREKA, EMY REYNOLDS BAND (Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Like the other singer/songwriters to whom she's typically compared—Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Neil Young—Chris Pureka's art thrives in emotionally desolate environments. Who can say why one person's interpretation of heartbreak and loneliness speaks so clearly to you while another's leaves you cold, or worse, bored? Thankfully, Pureka, who's recently relocated to Portland, is never boring. Actually, her sound has gotten bigger and more adventurous over the years, though the theme of fractured relationships has remained. Pureka's new EP, Chimera II, is just out, the follow-up to the first Chimera, which came out four years ago. Her impressive finger-picking is timeless, and evocative,
The Portland Mercury article