Mix Magazine
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