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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

Mark Stock Does Coachella 2012: Day One


Day One! As you read this, the number of YouTube hits for Tupac’s “hologram” Coachella performance will likely crest 2.5 million. And while the digital ghost of the late gangster rapper set a new precedent for urging the dead back on stage, 139 other acts performed too. In the flesh, no less. For the first time in its 13-year existence, the Coachella Music Festival experimented with...   More
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Heartless Bastards @ Aladdin Theater, Sunday, April 8

Whether or not the butterflies in the stomach go away after nearly a decade of experience is not the point. More important is what’s done with that pre-show itch, that fluttering mess of nerves and adrenaline. Tired old bands let the gas vent while overzealous newbies often light the spark too early, assuming their hands aren’t shaking uncontrollably to begin with. But bands in their prime�...   More
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by MARK STOCK

AU, Tu Fawning and more, Saturday, March 5 @ Doug Fir


With all the recent buzz enveloping Portland prog-rock act AU, it’s easy to forget that Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka have been doing this for years. But it’s a worthy brand of hype, one rising from a three-year period wherein AU has seemingly mastered its obscure craft. Musically, AU’s ideas have always been lofty. Current acclaim is due, at least in part, to the duo’s newfound ability to ...   More
Monday, March 5, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Wax Fingers at Doug Fir Lounge, Feb. 9


Watching Wax Fingers set up shop is a little like watching a seasoned specialist diffuse a bomb. The trio does it with ease these days, having several years of collective experience under its belt. There is no manual, no sticky notes nor color-coded diagram for their sea-like mess of cords and pedals. Just a time-earned wherewithal. Savvy like this comes from twice weekly practice, all the time. ...   More
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Ben Darwish and the Shook Twins Present "The Clear Blue Pearl" at the Alberta Rosa Theater, 1/19


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
Monday, January 23, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Doubles Match: Tennis & Love Inks (Live Reviews)

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...   More
Thursday, December 15, 2011 by MARK STOCK
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