Wow & Flutter

Portland’s Wow & Flutter have been making music for the better part of a decade, yet they remain criminally overlooked by Northwest audiences. On 2008’s Golden Touch, they vacillated wildly between artful, post-punk rumbles and spaghetti-Western romps, all the while with a dark undercurrent churning beneath them that hinted at what more menacing moments might be downstream. Indeed, with follow-up Equilibrio! (released this month on Seattle-based Mt. Fuji Records), they’ve dived headfirst into that current, going darker and deeper in tone and timbre, but still with just enough pop savvy to keep things buoyant. With Virgin Islands, The Golden Blondes, The Botherations. HANNAH LEVIN

Fri., Oct. 29, 10 p.m., 2010

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