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Lo-Fang :: Crystal Ballroom :: 05.08.14

The latest installment in 94/7’s “I Saw Them When” concert series started off on Thursday night with a great opening set by local artists Hustle and Drone. The band, fronted by ex-Portugal The Man keyboardist Ryan Neighbors, has come a long way since they played PetAid last summer. Although they were fun to listen to back then, over the past ten months, the band has become a frequent (and increasingly in-demand) fixture on Portland’s small venue circuit, honing their combination of tight electronica beats and slick harmonies into a polished act that seems ready for national exposure.

Not to be outdone, Matthew Hemerlein aka Lo-Fang (sometimes stylized as L0-Fang), started off his set with an improvised live-looping number that featured all three of the instruments he plays – violin, cello, and guitar. This initial confluence of instruments is perhaps an apt metaphor for Lo-Fang’s overall sound, which plays electronic influences against Hemerlein’s classical training and mixes moody, sometimes brooding lyrics with dreamy, ethereal vocals. There were also several classical-meets-Johnny-Cash moments, when Hemerlein swaggered around on-stage, playing his violin with his guitar slung over his back. There were several surprises throughout the set, as well – mid-way through the show, musician/entertainer Reggie Watts joined Lo-Fang onstage for a loop-heavy duet, and at the end of the night, Hemerlein put on a bathrobe to sing “When We’re Fire” before launching into an unexpected and hilariously entertaining cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony.”


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People : DroneGinuwineHustleMatthew Hemerlein (Lo)Reggie WattsRyan Neighbors

05/13/2014 9:40AM
Lo-Fang :: Crystal Ballroom :: 05.08.14
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