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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

LIVE REVIEW: Yeasayer at the Aladdin Theater, Friday, Nov. 21

Why is Yeasayer setting up its equipment? Why was it so painfully simple to stroll right up to the front of the Aladdin's makeshift pit? Why is this hipster prick in front of me texting his girlfriend during the endless harmonies of “2080?”

Such are the questions that swam...   More
Monday, November 24, 2008 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Brett Dennen at the Doug Fir, Monday, Nov. 3

Brett Dennen's the high school kid you never should have made fun of. And while you were busy scheming a way to steal his sack lunch, he was finger picking the air and shaping a voice that's completely his own.

Dennen, the shaggy redhead from Oakdale, Californi...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Bob Schneider at Doug Fir, Monday, Oct. 20

If ever I wished to be Moses, last night was the night. Oh, to be able to create a chasm between fans and act, to part the smooth folk pop of Bob Schneider and the Budweiser-bearing homeboys who nearly talked over his entire set.

But it almost made sense. The antsy atmosphere fuel...   More
Tuesday, October 21, 2008 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Sigur Rós at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Monday, Oct. 6

When Sigur Rós walked on stage and began playing "Svefn-g-englar" (aka the Steve Zissou track), I could imagine the disgruntled aristocracy. The nerve frontman Jónsi had, to widtle away his electric guitar with a violin bow. Monocles would fall into martini glasses and white gloves...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 by MARK STOCK
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