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From Rose City to Austin City: An ACL Wrap-Up


When Austin City Limits Music Festival began in 2002, it lasted two days and attracted close to 40,000 fans. Wilco, Shawn Colvin and hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. occupied a bill of 70-some acts. Clark, responsible for this year’s most memorable set, was just a high-schooler, eager to play on a big stage in a festival with an unpredict...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Cait Olds

Prison City (Gorbie International)

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[BEDROOM FOLK] There’s a sense of quiet Western solitude in Cait Olds’ work. The Portland-via-California songwriter recorded full-length debut Prison City at Materials to Outlet, Jake Kelly’s    More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Corin Tucker Band

Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)

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[PARENTAL PUNK] Collaboration cures what ails you. Corin Tucker took this for granted in the immediate wake of Sleater-Kinney’s breakup, evidenced by the Portlander’s introverted approach on   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARK STOCK

LIVE REVIEW: Yeasayer at Crystal Ballroom, August 31


Yeasayer at the Crystal Ballroom, August 31, 2012
In all honesty, the fans were wrong: Daughn Gibson doesn’t sound like Crash Test Dummies. He also doesn’t sound quite like the National. Instead, the former drug-rock artist is a sophisticated collage artist, one who prefers unlikely merges—namely, R&B with twang.

Yes, he s...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Thursday, July 19 @ Holocene


Two weeks ago, I knew nothing about Bubu music. In fact, I still no very little. My depiction of the West African sound was a generalized and largely Americanized one, influenced by the likes of Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Paul Simon, and the Very Best. Sure, there is common ground shared by these domestic acts with Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay, but the differences between the two are gr...   More
Friday, July 20, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Top Five Promising Tribute Shows This Week

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Replacements tribute (Star Theater, Wednesday)Chase a screening of the excellent Color Me Obsessed with a musical tribute to the band that made rock ’n’ roll cool again.Joey Porter does Sly and th   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 MARK STOCK

Live Review: JD McPherson at Bunk Bar, Saturday, June 2


He’s been all over the radio dial lately, fitting because that’s the format his early '60s-era sound used to break through. He’s also spilling a rare and succinct batch of retro rock ‘n’ roll that’s not just turning heads, but affixing them to his every move. But that’s not why I visited the Bunk Bar Saturday night. My interest resided in that howling, ever-eccentric, Little Richar...   More
Monday, June 4, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Allo Darlin', Thursday, May 10 @ Mississippi Studios


Co-founder of late-'70s Australian band the Go-Betweens, Robert Forster knows a thing or two about independent rock. Here is his description of UK breakout band Allo Darlin’, something I understand fully after seeing the quartet live: “The music they make is indie pop, a simple label but one hard to pin down in an ever-expanding indie scene that gobbles up genres and spits out mutations at a ...   More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock Does Coachella, Day Three ("OMG You're Still Talking About Coachella?" Edition)


MIraculously, the days are only getting hotter. The car is telling us that it’s 113 degrees in Palm Springs, just before noon on Sunday. The car is probably wrong, calibrated incorrectly from the get-go, but it doesn’t matter. People aren’t even going to church, and people love them some church. The Coachella crowd has acclimated by now. Parking lots are completely full and it’s the bigge...   More
Monday, April 30, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock Does Coachella, Day Two


Day Two Yesterday, Thom Yorke DJ’d a brief set at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs before heading off to the festival grounds. The guys in the lobby were there, and are wondering why Radiohead is so important, saying that tonight’s show “will be good, if we have enough drinks in our system.” I bet Thom was spinning dubstep and weirding everybody out with his newfound samurai Willie Ne...   More
Thursday, April 26, 2012 by MARK STOCK

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