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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

CHINA FORBES, '78 (Heinz Records)


[LILITH POP] As the story’s told, Thomas Lauderdale rescued China Forbes from a singer-songwriter career 14 years ago to front Portland art-lounge outfit Pink Martini. A gazillion-selling albums later, it seems Forbes never lost her old dreams. Nor, troublingly, her old journals.  Pink...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 by JAY HORTON

China Forbes ’78 (Heinz Records)


Music Stories
[LILITH POP] As the story’s told, Thomas Lauderdale rescued China Forbes from a singer-songwriter career 14 years ago to front Portland art-lounge outfit Pink Martini. A gazillion-selling albums ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 JAY HORTON

The Young Immortals, "Lottery" (Unreleased)


As Jacob Ray wings his way to Hawaii following the dissolution of the (alpha version) Young Immortals, the frontman/songwriter plans to recuperate from the past few months' drama, begin work on the next a...   More
 
Friday, February 8, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Q&A: Jacob Ray of the Young Immortals


[PSEUDO-BRIT POP] After last summer’s cross-country tour and the subsequent release of bristling guitar-rock debut When History Meets Fiction, the Young Immortals’ future seemed, well, endless. Reviews were sparkling, Starbucks employed standout track “The Fever” as the de facto soundtrack for its in-store iTunes kiosks, and labels had started to call. Now the b...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Jacob Ray of the Young Immortals

Deal or no deal: Mapping out the (momentary) fall of the Young Immortals.


Music Stories
[PSEUDO-BRIT POP] After last summer’s cross-country tour and the subsequent release of bristling guitar-rock debut When History Meets Fiction, the Young Immortals’ future seemed, well, end ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 JAY HORTON

BodogSport: Revenge Of The Slants


Battles Of The Bands rarely resemble actual battles. They tend toward unadulterated popularity contests with size of entourage the greatest weapon and winners rarely in doubt. Of course, the Slants aren't your average band. Nine months after rocking Reed house parties, they've an international...   More
 
Monday, February 4, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Morgan Grace, "Come Around" (Unreleased)


After parting ways with former drummer (and Napalm Beach mainstay) Sam Henry, Morgan Grace has finally taken the first steps toward a lifelong fantasy—the hand-picked all-female super(girl)group. "Come Around" doesn't quite reach supergroup status—Grace plays all parts on the dem...   More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Slabtown’s Choice: The owners of Portland’s unsuspecting garage-rock epicenter—and organizers of its annual music fest—play favorites, gingerly.


Slabtown's 2007 opening party, the Bender, was an impromptu affair—an opportunity for the new owners to show thanks, and to mark the storied venue's new, rawk-centric direction with a weekend-long, free music festival. It was never meant to attract bands from across the country. And, h...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 by JAY HORTON
 

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