They told me in rocanrol critic school to avoid comparing one act to another, especially if said comparison spanned generations and involved musical entities younger readers may not know, understand or appreciate. Well, fuck that, as Lester Bangs reportedly said when confronted with anything that smacked of upholding the normative. Getting on from that, I have always had a special place in my heart for the work of Ben Gibbard. The same goes for the Regina Spektor. Totally dig that shit. So how do you think I feel about He is We, an idie pop project created and maintained by Rachel Taylor? Very hopeful is the answer to that one, carnales, as I realize they sorta sound like the aforementioned. Those kids from Portlandia sure as hell can plaintively play, as He is We demonstrates sweetly and succinctly over and over again. Try “Happily Ever After” or last spring’s “I Wouldn’t Mind” for size if you are concerned that this music is somehow not relevant to you. On the other hand if all this turns out to be diggable then you’ll appreciate the information that follows. He is We is gigging on Friday, Aug. 10 at the Jam Spot (415 Central Ave. NW). Come down now, they’ll all say. 6pm • $12 • All-ages.