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KMRIA at Biddy McGraw's, Sunday, March 16, 2008


"... the pub where I was born."

All-star cover bands that gig annually don't, believe it or not, practice much more often. And, after Sunday's marathon rehearsal, Pogues-channeling supergroup KMRIA decided to play an unannounced show the evening before its Crystal Ballroom spectacula...   More
 
Monday, March 17, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Black Elk, "My Lil", Self-titled (Crucial Blast)


Sorta like Refused (apocalyptic dynamics nudging approachable) and Jesus Lizard (frontman absent boundaries) and Slayer (pride in craft seething coiled aggression), but still not really like them at all—even the enlightened metal circuit can't easily explain Portland's Black Elk....   More
 
Friday, March 7, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Live Wire! Celebrates the Radio Stars


Neatly blending the variety show dynamics of classic radio—one bit comedy; one bit songs; an unhurried melange of articulate and clear-voiced showmanship—and the servicey cleverness that's sold a million NPR tote-bags, Live Wire! Radio celebrates its fourth anniversary March 15th wit...   More
 
Thursday, March 6, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Garage Frock: WW dissects DT5's haute couture and hot rock, respectively.


Portland's annual speedball of stylish rockers and edgy designers—formerly known as Doom Town—returned to PDX this past weekend. After four years at the Crystal Ballroom, the newly coined DT5 (the Crystal owns the Doom Town name—presumably, it's planning a similar event featuri...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 by JAY HORTON

LITTLE BEIRUT, High Dive (self-released)


[NOT QUITE POP] Little Beirut's debut, High Dive, isn't quite pop. It goes down easy enough—infectious melodies, casually perfected structures, instantly memorable turns of phrase—but pop demands singles. For all the quartet's invention, an endless parade of potential hits numbs. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Little Beirut, High Dive (self-released)


Music Stories
[NOT QUITE POP] Little Beirut’s debut, High Dive, isn’t quite pop. It goes down easy enough—infectious melodies, casually perfected structures, instantly memorable turns of phrase&md ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 JAY HORTON

Girls Rock! Documentary (Likely) Rules


Conceptual loathing for the School of Rock phenomenon aside—authorities should always be considered the enemy and we're a generation away from doctoral shredding—the Rock & Roll Camp For Girls pretty much evades cynicism. Fact is: our daughters are far less likely to join ban...   More
 
Thursday, February 28, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Pure Country Gold, "Moanin' in the Moonlight" (Unreleased)


Portland's Pure Country Gold, as every review must note, remain hitless, twangless, and resolutely un-virginal, but one part of that's about to change. "Moanin' in the Moonlight", a roughly mastered track recently recorded with Steve Lobdell at Audible Academy for the garage duo's forthcoming second album, finds gara...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera

Campy collaboration goes for gold, swings wide.


Performance
You know the story: mall-rink leaper versus suburban princess. The plot, the baton, the knee, Gillooly. Triangle Productions’ run of Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera garnered national press when To ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 JAY HORTON

Highway, "1973" (Unreleased)


Less driving music, than loping music: This track from Highway's upcoming debut, Black Letters Home, serves up an instantly hummable tune rendered li'l bit country through relaxed beat, honkytonk piano trills and the inimitable presence of vocalist Rob Bonds. Dylan comparisons could be made, not ...   More
 
Friday, February 22, 2008 by JAY HORTON
 

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