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Live Review: Baths, Braids and Gobble Gobble, March 2 @ Holocene

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Sometimes three bands play a single show. Other times, three shows play a single evening. Wednesday night at Holocene felt more like a mini-festival than a single ticket, offering bands with certain ties but very distinctive sounds.
“There’s a whole lotta Canada in...   More
 
Friday, March 4, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Smith Westerns at Doug Fir, Tuesday, Feb. 15

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I love a good Point Break reference and Chicago’s glam rock upstarts Smith Westerns make it all the easier. Frontman Cullen Omori is the personification of the 1991 film, equal parts Keanu Reeves in appearance and Patrick Swayze (RIP) in shear infectious recklessness. For a band that’s comprised of kids, the quintet is truly impressive, incorporating sides of Bowie, The Kinks and—probably mo...   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Peter Wolf Crier, Friday, Jan. 14 @ Doug Fir


A good band is a double-sided one. Its head sees all and therefore tends to be a bit prettier, occasionally in makeup and always smiling for the studio microphones. Its tail is scrappier, with bald spots here and there and the wagging freedom of next to no constraint.

I saw Peter ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits: Part Three (Photos, too!)


Hangovers, stolen band equipment, migas, God and a severe lack of towels at the hotel. Not to mention Portland's big breakout day (the reason I avoided the National and Band of Horses covering Cee-Lo). It's Sunday in Austin, Texas.

Blind Pilot at the Zync Card Stage
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Friday, October 15, 2010 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits: Part Two


No rain, more football jerseys than “Keep Austin Weird” bumper stickers and barbecue for breakfast. It must be Saturday in the capitol of Texas. Somehow, I managed to see M.I.A.'s “Paper Planes” performed three different times, saw Danger Mouse play every instrument on stage...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock at Austin City Limits: Part One


We sent Mark Stock to Austin for the ACL festival again this year (well, he sent himself, but we got him a press pass), only to find out that he's a Phish fan. He took lots of photos with a non-digital camera. Those are coming tomorrow. So without further ado, part one of his Austin adventures.....   More
 
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Admiral Radley, Wednesday, July 21 @ Doug Fir


It ended too soon, but that's the sad truth about young bands with limited catalogs. “We don't know anything else,” co-lyricist Aaron Espinoza said, wrapping up the last of his new band's record I Heart California.

Admiral Radley is a little more Grandaddy tha...   More
 
Friday, July 23, 2010 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Sera Cahoone, June 1 at Mississippi Studios (with photos)


The quiet shows are always the most vulnerable. Chit-chat at the bar can poison an entire evening, wafting over from clanking glasses to the stage like a toxic cloud. I have seen musicians simply pack up and leave when conditions are too boisterous for their fragile ways.

Tuesda...   More
 
Friday, June 4, 2010 by MARK STOCK

LIVE REVIEW: Shout Out Louds & Freelance Whales, Sunday, May 16 @ Doug Fir


On a balmy Sunday night at the Doug Fir, three very different bands squeezed into a single bill. Opening act the Franks, quick to tout childhood connections to the Pacific Northwest, loosened up a growing crowd of overzealous, sunburned weekenders. While sounding somewhat like a an avera...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: The Antlers, Monday May 3 @ Doug Fir


The Antlers is the strong mother of countless fables, nurturing and tender when health is at stake but brutally honest and forceful when emotions pile up. In a mere 75 minutes, Peter Silberman and company shook the crowd by the nape Monday night, offering a slower—though more muscularR...   More
 
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 by MARK STOCK
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