You don't have to be brothers to make spooky-great country harmonies, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Just ask the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and the Cactus Blossoms' Jack Torrey and Page Burkum. Despite having different last names, those last two brothers are absolutely on the same page musically, and their splendid Minnesota-based band the Cactus Blossoms has among the highest shiver-per-minute ratio in the business. Portland discovered them during their remarkable performances at 2013's Pickathon, and they've recently released their first album, the JD McPherson-produced You're Dreaming. It's the kind of record that makes you want to turn the lights down low and slow dance with that special someone and write a letter home to mama. Performing this type of aw-shucks retro-roots music can be artistically limiting, but Torrey and Burkum's harmonies are the kind that inspire ear-to-ear grins. They play an afternoon in-store at Music Millennium before opening for Pokey LaFarge at the Wonder Ballroom later tonight. NED LANNAMANN
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