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Live Review: Four Tet, Thursday, March 26 2009 @ Holocene

Electronica is a cutting edge genre, constantly reinventing itself. In that sense, it has a habit of outdoing itself, stretching itself thin in an effort to sound like the music of 20 years from now.

Four Tet, though shoulder deep in a workspace of cords, dials and laptops, comes ...   More
Friday, March 27, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Ra Ra Riot, Tuesday, Feb. 24 @ Doug Fir

Tuesday night at the Doug Fir, young Sycracuse buzz band Ra Ra Riot were positively radiant. With an adhesiveness and enthusiasm on stage not witnessed since the Partridge Family, Riot won the crowd over through and through.

Frontman Wes Miles bears a vocal resemblance to Zach Con...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Your Valentine's Day Playlist

Valentine's Day revolves around another special four letter word: S-E-L-F. But face it, you're nothing without sweet, reliable, always-enchanting music. Music will laugh at all your jokes, and it'll do so melodically. In the event you're journeying solo tomorrow, don't fret, because you've always...   More
Friday, February 13, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Wax Fingers and Breakfast Mountain at Holocene, Wed, Feb. 4

There were jokes about how the only fans at the show were friends or family.

Until a few people interjected, asking collectively, "what about us?"

Modesty aside, Wax Fingers confidently kick-started a fine evening and they did it in the company of many. The Port...   More
Friday, February 6, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Broken Social Scene: Assembling the Wreckage

Canadians multiply. Hence Broken Social Scene, the Great White North's contemporary answer to the Traveling Wilburys or the New Pornographers. The Jesuit High School of music, BSS have recruited talent a'plenty, creating a snowballing monster of blessed individuals that combine to c...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by MARK STOCK

The Album Leaf at Rotture, Friday, Jan. 30

Rotture seemed like it might be too snug a fit for San Diego's uber-atmospheric the Album Leaf. Jimmy Lavalle's vast, piano-strung medleys are so nomadic one might think he and his band only play outdoors, in endless meadows or on a raft out at sea. But Rotture's fit was actually the right one&...   More
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 by MARK STOCK

The Knitters, Dead Rock West at Dante's, Wednesday, Jan. 21

Dante's had the feel of Austin, Texas on this night. Beer bottles are being dropped in metronomic fashion, the lights are dim and red, and Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West is taking a shot in between songs. After a quick wince, she's back at the mic testifying in her full but fragile way—...   More
Thursday, January 22, 2009 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Wow & Flutter at the Doug Fir, Thursday, Dec. 11

Before a smallish crowd and a stage adorned with various Christmas paraphernalia, Wow & Flutter did what I'd only heard about before: It melted an amp.

The often used but always amusing fog machine could only mask the smell of burning wiring and plastic for so long. Finally, aft...   More
Friday, December 12, 2008 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Chris Robley & The Fear Of Heights at Someday Lounge, Friday, Dec. 5

Save the Polyphonic Spree, a cult so large it's confusing, anticipation seems to grow in direct proportion to the number of musicians on stage. Chris Robley brought his gang of eight to the Someday Lounge Friday evening, occasionally reaching a double digits stage presence with guest appearances...   More
Monday, December 8, 2008 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Tom Heinl at Doug Fir, Wednesday, Nov. 27

Tom Heinl: He's a learned man, able to make a Bloody Mary out of ketchup and Schlitz and a musical instrument out of a three-gallon gas can. Better still, Heinl is a comical reminder of Oregon's other, much woodsier, much redder, side.

It's part parody when you consider his Eugene...   More
Monday, December 1, 2008 by MARK STOCK

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