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Live Review: Wax Fingers and Patterns, Wednesday, Aug. 26 @ Holocene

The Portland psych-rock trio (plus a computer bassist) Wax Fingers play with time signatures like a cat toys with twine. One minute accessible, the other playing with haste in some distant realm, the band challenges its listeners, who fight to find a rhythm they can consistently bob their heads ...   More
Friday, August 28, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Horse Feathers, Thursday Aug. 20 at Doug Fir

Oh so sublimely pretty: I don't know how else to describe what Horse Feathers does. Every song the group sings and strums gives me chills. And when they play before your very eyes, you can't help but think that age-old time capsule thought: If this sound was frozen and thawed before listeners g...   More
Monday, August 24, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: The Flaming Lips, Thursday Aug. 20 at Edgefield

Mark Stock has been a busy man. First he went to see the Flaming Lips, then (that same evening) caught Horse Feathers at Doug Fir. Here's the first of two live reviews going up today. -Ed.

While the antics of Wayne Coyne's Flaming Lips are over the top and utterly absurd—mor...   More
Monday, August 24, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Indigo Girls, Friday, July 24 @ The Zoo

Where do the animals go at night? If they were around on Thursday, they weren't interested in acoustic empresses Indigo Girls Friday night, who played a hits-ridden set before a large and obedient outdoor crowd.

And like the disciples of Dave Matthews or the dire hard followers o...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Sunset Rubdown, Friday, June 26 @ Doug Fir

He's the busiest man in show business and he still leaves it all on the stage. His name is Spencer Krug, and he's indie rock's version of Ashanti—always busy with a collabo or side project. The tireless Canadian poet graced the Doug Fir's stage Friday evening.

One ou...   More
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: White Rabbits, Tuesday, June 23 @ Doug Fir

With zero stage banter and complete focus, New York's thumping six-piece White Rabbits played a clean three-hour set in less than an hour. Born to play live shows, the group made the quickest return for an encore I've seen to date. Maybe they were playing another show in Seattle that very night. M...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock's Coachella, Part Three: Coachella Education

Five Things I Learned From Coachella

1. We're poor, but we still like music.

For the first time in its decade long history, Coachella offered tickets on layaway. In other words, in the tongue of a used car salesman, “half down, half paid later—in full...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock's Coachella, Part Two: Glass Candy

You have just tuned into part two of Mark Stock's Coachella wrap-up.

While the Killers pouted, the Chemical Brothers spun and Jenny Lewis strummed, a party was underway in the Mojave Tent. The sun had finally decided to leave the good people of Coachella alone and you could hear...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock's Coachella, Part One: Sub, Swelter, Savagery

We sent WW's Mark Stock to the desert. What follows is part one of his three-part series on this year's Coachella festival.

Three days in Indio, California become one long day in the desert when it's 100 degrees. You begin to imagine your limbs are long enough to reach Karen O o...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Women at Holocene, Thursday, April 2

There's been a bit of a Beach Boys revival as of late. From Animal Collective to The Besnard Lakes, Brian Wilson's falsetto coupled with surfy guitar paddles on. The latter group shares the Jagjaguwar label with buzzing band Women and their presence confirms the Indiana-based label's ever improvi...   More
Friday, April 3, 2009 by MARK STOCK

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