LIVE: Islands, Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR

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By Cory Butcher

Islands came to the Doug Fir on Sunday, in support of their fifth album, Ski Mask. When I caught Islands at Mississippi Studios last year, touring the mellow, piano-heavy A Sleep and a Forgetting, the mood at the show was pretty subdued. On this night, however, Nick Thorburn and co. played an energetic set for an enthusiastic crowd, even dedicating a few songs to characters from Breaking Bad. After opening the show with “Wave Forms,” the leadoff track from the new record, they kept the crowd moving with songs like “Hushed Tones” and “Nil,” as well as older favorites such as “Creeper,” “Tender Torture,” and “Don’t Call Me Whitney, Bobby.” For the encore, Thorburn jumped on the keyboard to play “Hallways” before closing the set with “Swans,” which was the perfect end to the show .

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