The 88’s keys to success

The 88 Let’s
say you have a band that made two well-received albums and toured across
the nation, sharing stages with the likes of Dave Grohl and Elliott Smith.
You’ve been championed by the influential radio show “Morning Becomes
Eclectic” on Los Angeles station KCRW, and named best pop/rock band
in town by L.A. Weekly. You’ve performed on network TV talk shows (Jimmy
Kimmel’s and Craig Ferguson’s), had your music used in the hit show “The
O.C” and such movies as “Failure to Launch.” Spin magazine
just featured you in a story about the hip rock scene of L.A.’s Silverlake
district, and you’re even about to appear (as yourselves, no less) in
an episode of the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”
Chances are you’d feel like
a success, even without having that coveted major-label record deal.
At the least, the members of
L.A. quintet the 88 should feel like a success for having made as incredibly
catchy and compelling an album as their second CD, “Over and Over.”
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Keith Slettedahl has a knack for bright, expertly
contoured melodies and has a voice that recalls Jeff Buckley in its remarkable
flexibility. The rest of the band plays with the sort of flair and precision
that makes every note a new thrill.
The 88 returns to Portland opening
for singer-songwriter Matt Costa. And as an unsigned opening act or as a
megastar, success is making new fans.
9 p.m. Tuesday, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.; $10 advance, TicketsWest; 503-224-8499
— Marty Hughley