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click to enlarge Shook Twins with Mama Magnolia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15/adv, $20/door, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com
  • Shook Twins with Mama Magnolia, Thursday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., 10 S. Parkside Drive, $15/adv, $20/door, 476-2200, stargazerstheatre.com

Shook Twins have built a reputation for augmenting traditional Americana instrumentation with a weirdly eclectic array of accoutrements: beatboxing, chicken squawking (!), a repurposed telephone microphone, glockenspiel, the list goes on. But none of these can be found on the Portland-based act’s latest single “See It Through.”

Released two weeks ago on their own label, the song features Katelyn and Laurie Shook’s symmetrical sibling harmonies drifting above nothing more than quietly strummed guitar and traces of piano. It’s an exercise in restraint that lasts all of 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Now, more than a decade into their career, Shook Twins have released four critically acclaimed albums and built up a fan base that includes Neil Gaiman, who praised their “dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it.”

Earlier this year, Shook Twins released Some Good Lives, a full-band album that includes a production assist from Gregory Alan Isakov. Their current live show places the new material alongside cherry-picked selections from their diverse back catalog. They’ve also been known to throw in a couple of no-less-eclectic covers along the way, ranging from The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” and Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” to The Cranberries’ “Dreams” and Cyber Camel’s eminently cluckable “Chicken Wing.” — Bill Forman

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