Mitski plays the McMenamins Edgefield amphitheater in Troutdale, 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, showcasing the best of her latest album, "Laurel Hell," and a smattering of five previous albums.
Her confessional lyrics and intoxicating melodies work on headphones and in concert halls. Will they work wafting over a picnic blanket?
Because half her energy comes from her passionate fan base, and they are ready for a second helping (she just played the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in March). Most of the year they have to live off scraps from her Instagram Mitskileaks, but now she's coming home to where she's loved up extra hard.
What kind of music do we hear from Mitski?
Pain is just weakness leaving the body, but emotional pain is money in the bank for Mitski.
In "Working For the Knife" she sings about feeling left behind. While "The Only Heartbreaker" is classic Mitski, she's the heartbreaker, because she cares too much. The sleeper hit of "Laurel Hell" was "Valentine, Texas" and it slathers on the heartbreak.
This is the age of the quality female singer songwriter, and they all seem to be touring right now: Lorde, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo. … We even got a glimpse of Joni Mitchell at the Newport Jazz Festival last week.
Mitski likes to sum up each song on "Laurel Hell" in three words. "Stay Soft" was Sex. Trauma. Disco. For this show, your cardboard sign should be: "Welcome. Home. Mitski."
General admission tickets $49.50 in advance at www.edgefieldconcerts.com. and $55 day of show.
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