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Nerd-folk duo performing in Tualatin on nationwide tour

The Doubleclicks, including a former Times reporter, to play free, all-ages show.

COURTESY PHOTO BY JESSIE KIRK - Aubrey and Angela Webber comprise the self-described 'nerd' duo the Doubleclicks, who are making a stop in Tualatin this weekend on a 30-city tour.Self-described “nerdy-feminist” folk musicians Angela and Aubrey Webber, sisters who perform together as the Doubleclicks, are back in their native Portland this week amid a 30-city concert tour.

The duo is performing Tuesday evening at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland. But after that, on Sunday, they will be putting on a free show at the Tualatin Public Library, part of the library's series of indoor summer concerts.

“I'm really excited, because I've been there before and there's a mastodon (skeleton),” Angela Webber said of the Tualatin Library.

Webber, who lives in Portland, is a former reporter for The Times who covered Tualatin from 2010 to 2011. She and her sister, a resident of Beaverton, started the Doubleclicks a little more than five years ago, she said.

The Doubleclicks' “nerd music” moniker comes from their song lyrics, which include such topics as dinosaurs and “Dungeons & Dragons.”

“We write about the things that we care about passionately,” Webber said. “And for some people, that's nature and love and heartbreak, and for us, it's learning and … positive messages about believing in yourself and whatnot.”

The Doubleclicks have not performed in the Tualatin Library before, Webber said, but playing their music in libraries is not new to the group.

“It's a pretty good fit, because a lot of our songs are about science and other nerdy-type activities,” she explained. “As kids who kind of grew up in the library as our social time, it's comfortable to be back.”

Some of the Doubleclicks' shows are in bars and other adult spaces, whereas the library show is an all-ages performance. But Webber said that makes little difference for the duo.

“Our shows are all pretty much family-friendly,” she said. “We don't write songs intentionally to be kids' music, but if you write songs about cats and dinosaurs and superheroes, kids tend to like them.”

Additionally, Webber said, many of their songs have themes of self-empowerment and positive thinking.

“When we're able to play that in front of kids and they sing along, it's pretty cool,” she said.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. Like most music programs at the Tualatin Library, it will be an informal performance, about an hour in length, in the hearth area.

Among other material, the Doubleclicks will be performing their latest album, “President Snakes,” at the show. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's Comedy Albums chart last September after its release.

Webber encourages people to check the Doubleclicks out on YouTube, where their videos have more than two million views. Those videos will give listeners a good sense of whether they will enjoy the show, she said.

Just for good measure, Webber offered up another hook as well: “Our shows are perfect for the kinds of people who go to a party, ignore all the people and just talk to the cat.”

The Doubleclicks' show is the penultimate performance in the Tualatin Library's summer concert series. The series will close out July 31 with a Caribbean-flavored 2 p.m. performance by Terry Baber, who performs on steel drum as the Northwest Panman.

The library is located at 18878 S.W. Martinazzi Ave.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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