Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Wampire at the Larimer Lounge, 6-8-13 (review)

Not many bands have covered seminal German electronic band Kraftwerk, but Wampire is not like many bands. The Portland five-piece’s cover of “Das Modell” on Saturday at the Larimer Lounge was the apex of a brilliant, way too short set that showed why this band should take off into indie stardom.

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra “II”

Would Unknown Mortal Orchestra's music have been possible in the '60s or '70s? Despite the very obvious nostalgia for vintage rock in the New Zealand/Portland, Ore., band, there are tinges of modern influences and even forward-thinking in Unknown Mortal Orchestra's music.

Listen to Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “So Good At Being In Trouble” single

With a sound that would be at home in Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new single “So Good At Being In Trouble” might be an indication of what’s to be found on the group’s forthcoming album, “II.” Though the weathered, looped drums and tape hiss from the group’s previous work are still there, “So Good At Being In Trouble” shifts the melodic emphasis from strings to vocals.