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Album Review: Redwood Son

The Lion’s Inside (8 Ball Records)

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[ROOTS-ROCK COCKTAIL] If opening tracks are meant to forecast an album’s mood, then “Long Fall,” the first cut off Redwood Son’s two-disc debut effort, The Lion’s Inside, signals clear sk   More
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Lykke Li, Saturday May 28 at Wonder Ballrom


Is Lykke Li a diva? Because there are several industrial fans blowing stageward, sending the black prop sheets dancing in anticipation of her arrival. The young Scandinavian new-soul singer's entrance music has been blasting for a few minutes now and there's still no sign of her. It’s a question I’m still wrestling with. The rest have been answered. Yes, this is an odd crowd of young, dres...   More
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Top Five Can’t-Miss Sets at the Sasquatch! Festival

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Matt and Kim (Saturday, 7:30 pm, Bigfoot Stage) Flexing the likability of the Portland Timbers and the infectious charm of the Muppets, Brooklyn’s dance-rock duo is the band you always wanted to p   More
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Thousands at Mississippi Studios, Friday, May 20


Of Note: Mark Stock submitted the two enclosed pieces of art ("I've been playing around with my girlfriend's iPad," he says) in lieu of live photos. -Ed.
Sink or swim, Thousands’ Kristian Garrard and Luke Bergman will no doubt do so together. They share a super adhesive bond more commonly seen in chess teams, where players are forced to predict strategy five moves into the future.

As ...   More
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Belated Live Review: Yuck at the Wonder Ballroom, Wednesday, April 20

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This post is a few days late going up. It's not Mark's fault. -Ed.It’s quite easy to imagine Yuck being forged from the same hot iron that produced indie rock in the late '80s and early '90s. But they band is too young, and too distant, I keep telling myself (to no avail). After all, they’re English.

Truth is, Yuck makes me feel good.  Makes me feel fuzzy and nostalgic.  The b...   More
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Baths, Braids and Gobble Gobble, March 2 @ Holocene

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We encourage all our writers to draw cartoons to accomadate their live reviews. These bitchin' drawings come via Mark Stock.
Sometimes three bands play a single show. Other times, three shows play a single evening. Wednesday night at Holocene felt more like a mini-festival than a single ticket, offering bands with certain ties but very distinctive sounds.
“There’s a whole lotta Canada in...   More
Friday, March 4, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Smith Westerns at Doug Fir, Tuesday, Feb. 15


I love a good Point Break reference and Chicago’s glam rock upstarts Smith Westerns make it all the easier. Frontman Cullen Omori is the personification of the 1991 film, equal parts Keanu Reeves in appearance and Patrick Swayze (RIP) in shear infectious recklessness. For a band that’s comprised of kids, the quintet is truly impressive, incorporating sides of Bowie, The Kinks and—probably mo...   More
Thursday, February 17, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Peter Wolf Crier, Friday, Jan. 14 @ Doug Fir

A good band is a double-sided one. Its head sees all and therefore tends to be a bit prettier, occasionally in makeup and always smiling for the studio microphones. Its tail is scrappier, with bald spots here and there and the wagging freedom of next to no constraint.

I saw Peter ...   More
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits: Part Three (Photos, too!)

Hangovers, stolen band equipment, migas, God and a severe lack of towels at the hotel. Not to mention Portland's big breakout day (the reason I avoided the National and Band of Horses covering Cee-Lo). It's Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Blind Pilot at the Zync Card Stage
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Friday, October 15, 2010 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits: Part Two

No rain, more football jerseys than “Keep Austin Weird” bumper stickers and barbecue for breakfast. It must be Saturday in the capitol of Texas. Somehow, I managed to see M.I.A.'s “Paper Planes” performed three different times, saw Danger Mouse play every instrument on stage...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by MARK STOCK
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