Thursday evening marked the debut of The Clear Blue Pearl, a 10-song musical epic about the hunt for an aquifer amidst a punishing drought. The highly imaginative piece was scored last winter by Portland jazzsmith Ben Darwis...More
Seeing as how both are built of powerful frontwomen, bandmate husbands and a fondness for key-fueled retro-minimalism, Tennis and Love Inks could have followed identical indie paths. The two trios are built much the same, but function in completely different ways. The two acts did not share a Portland bill in mid-December, nor did they share a single venue. Instead, and fittingly so, the two gli...
[Whoops, this one got a bit lost in the shuffle. Sorry, y'all. Better late than never.]
Chris Taylor has no reason to be bashful. He’s the bassist for Grizzly Bear and a big part of the Brooklyn band’s mesmerizing songwriting psyche. He’s also human, and he’s fidgeting nervously before an undersized crowd at the Doug Fir.
What I like most about CANT’s debut recording is tha...
“You guys want us to play," asks Josh Epstein, half of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. "Or do you want us to keep throwing you popsicles?"
Perhaps it was a mistake to toss frozen treats into the crowd so early in the set, but it is 95 degrees and the masses are desperate for refreshment. It’s a bit like pigeons fighting over bread crumbs. Darwin’s survival of the fittest is on full display, as th...
Long-Awaited Rain, Spirited Soul And House Parties
Austin City Limits reached the decade mark this year, celebrating with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Arcade Fire and some band called Coldplay. Somehow, ACL 2011 featured zero Portland acts, a far cry from the usual Rose City respect Zilker Park delivers. But after the bustle and beautiful nativism of MFNW the weekend prior, a festival set in the heart of Texas known for harnessing huge names as ...More
I entered Bunk Bar with the expectation of a scattered crowd, a few diehard photographers and the faint smell of pulled pork. I left with the filling knowledge that Motopony is not just another pawn of independent music. The Seattle quartet is, in fact, a smoldering, unapologetic stew of folk, rock ‘n’ roll and new soul. Here are ten thi...
Writers love to break bands. And while I’m certainly not the first to print the name Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., it sort of felt, Monday night at Mississippi Studios, like I was getting in on the ground floor.
Maybe it’s a collective weariness towards all things Detroit—this proud band’s hometown—a seemingly indomitable city built on blood and sweat that lies awake on life support today...
[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
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...