Eight Gigs: There Is No Mountain

Fri., Jan. 15, 8 p.m., Naked Lounge, $5

Most bands that have married couples in them tend to create a sound with gorgeous harmonies. I’m thinking of Yo La Tengo, Mates of State. Portland’s There Is No Mountain, which is, like early Mates of State, strictly a two-piece, creates something a little different. It’s dark, eerie and unsettling. The couple evokes a certain sense of minimalism, but between the nuanced, dynamic songwriting, the spooky harmonies and worldbeat influence, they really fill the songs out and create something truly unique. 1111 H Street, www.thereisnomountain.com.