ZHU, Gallant

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Sat., April 30, 9 p.m. 2016
Roseland Theater Old Town-Chinatown (Portland)
When Steven Zhu—who uses his surname as his onstage moniker—first started posting to SoundCloud in early 2014, he chose to remain anonymous and let his music be judged on merit alone. Now he's a Grammy-nominated artist for his club-friendly "Faded." Zhu's musical influences and versatility become apparent when you listen to The Genesis Series, a six-track EP of collabs with artists from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to Skrillex and Mind of a Genius labelmate Gallant. With his soaring falsetto and galactic production, Gallant has been stunning festivalgoers at Bumbershoot, SXSW, and—most recently—his set at Coachella, where he brought out surprise guest Seal during "Weight in Gold," arguably the singer's most popular song. At first listen, his tonality can easily be mistaken for Maxwell or even Usher, but Gallant brings distinct qualities of futurism and vulnerability to the neo-soul genre. The emotion is palpable on the entire Ology album, but especially on tracks like "Bone + Tissue" and "Skipping Stones," featuring Jhene Aiko. JENNI MOORE

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Roseland Theater

8 NW 6th Portland, OR 97209 Venue website

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