El Corazon Hosts the Return of Phenomenauts & Creepshow For A Fun-Filled Night, by Holly Homan

On April 9 I bore witness to five bands at El Corazon who were beyond fabulous. Though the headliner was Creepshow, from Toronto, there really were two headliners — the other being The Phenomenauts. Hailing from the East Bay area, The Phenomenauts are part corny fifties TV sci-fi show, part comedy troupe, part rock . . . → Read More: El Corazon Hosts the Return of Phenomenauts & Creepshow For A Fun-Filled Night, by Holly Homan

Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter

The Dixie Hummingbirds, one of the great Gospel vocal groups of the past half century, are perhaps best known to listeners as the background vocalists on Paul Simon’s “Loves Me Like a Rock.” (I’m posting their own version below.)

One fact about the group has always fascinated me: After one of their members, William . . . → Read More: Dixie Hummingbirds – Loves Me Like a Rock, by Jacob Slichter

Denyse Tontz – Use It

Denyse Tontz is the darling of the Disney TV show “Dog with a Blog” and soap opera “All My Children” (she plays Erica Kane’s granddaughter), for which she won a pre-nomination for a Daytime Emmy. She describes this song as, “My weird little way of saying you’re awesome and haters aren’t.”

#SELFIE – The Chainsmokers

Hannah Lou Clark – Calamity, by Mike Hughes

Hannah Lou Clark (TAPKA FOE) – new song, new video. Yup, different, but all still there for sure.

– Mike Hughes

Poke Da Squid Host CD Release Party at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

On Friday April 4, Seattle band Poke Da Squid played a concert to celebrate the release of I Honestly Had Higher Expectations (click to see my earlier review of the CD).

Poke Da Squid is a young band. I’m positive all members are under the age of 30. They’re also adorable and ooze charm . . . → Read More: Poke Da Squid Host CD Release Party at El Corazon, by Holly Homan

This Wild Life – History

Hailing from Long Beach, CA, This Wild Life is Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso. Jordan and Del Gross grew up in the tightknit DIY punk scene in Long Beach. They quickly became friends after working at the same musical instrument store, bonding over music of their teens. The conversations were about hardcore, . . . → Read More: This Wild Life – History

Brian Eno, Karl Hyde – Someday World

Storied rock experimentalist and well-traveled collaborator, Brian Eno, is set to release Someday World, a spritely album undertaken with Karl Hyde of house and electronica juggernaut, Underworld, in May. The first two songs off the work are available for listening below.

Eno and Hyde describe the work in this way, “Someday World is . . . → Read More: Brian Eno, Karl Hyde – Someday World

The White Buffalo and Chuck Ragan to Bring the Manliest Tour on Earth to Portland and Seattle

An amazing act which I’ve just discovered, The White Buffalo (aka Jake Smith), will be co-headlining a Wonder Ballroom show in Portland on April 8 with the equally amazing Chuck Ragan, unleashing the local manifestation of what their publicist promises will be the manliest tour on Earth. Both the White Buffalo and Ragan . . . → Read More: The White Buffalo and Chuck Ragan to Bring the Manliest Tour on Earth to Portland and Seattle

Lindsey Stirling – Beyond the Veil

Tori Amos – Trouble’s Lament

Photo by Amarpaul Kalirai

Here’s “Trouble’s Lament,” the engaging first single off Tori Amos’ upcoming album, Unrepentant Geraldines, which will be available May 13. Amos will tour the Pacific Northwest in July with concerts at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle on July 17 and at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre in Portland on July 18.

. . . → Read More: Tori Amos – Trouble’s Lament

Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed

Celebrity update: Yesterday I drove Austin Carlile from Of Mice & Men in my cab. I had no idea who this person was. At the request of his very tough female tour manager, I had to back the van up into a roiling human sea of equipment movers and fans in order to pick . . . → Read More: Of Mice & Men – Bones Exposed

Seasick Mama – Gimme Something More To Work With

This is from Seasick Mama’s new EP, Tip Top Shape, which can be heard here. There’s another video at that location also.

Fefe Dobson – In Better Hands

This tune wasn’t produced by Bob Clearmountain but it’s got three Clearmountain Pauses or at least Clearmountain-like pauses at approximately 1:18, 2:27 and 3:10.

The Return of the Onetime FOE, Hannah Louise Clark, by Mike Hughes

East Portland Blog is run by a man I’ve never met, but have become good friends with over the past few years. Let’s call him Davey. And just to prove that Davey takes notice of what he puts up on EPB, in one of our email conversations the other day, he asked “So . . . → Read More: The Return of the Onetime FOE, Hannah Louise Clark, by Mike Hughes

Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin . . . → Read More: Oregon Native Hanneke Cassel Brings Hot Scottish Fiddle For Every Occasion

Drew – Plus One

Former record label executive and electro-soul singer-songwriter Drew releases her new single “Plus One” off her upcoming debut EP, The Other Side. Produced and remixed by Robert Lux and recorded in the famous Cutting Room Studios in NYC, “Plus One” is the second single of her debut EP.

Drew’s “Plus One” features . . . → Read More: Drew – Plus One

Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom

JONNY TWO BAGS, heretofore better known as Jonny Wickersham, guitarist for Social Distortion, will be appearing in PORTLAND, OR at WONDER BALLROOM on TUESDAY, APRIL 8th – opening for Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie. Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8:30pm. Tickets: $20.00 – $23.00.

In January 2014, Rolling Stone premiered the lead track from Two . . . → Read More: Social Distortion Guitarist, Johnny Two Bags, Brings Solo Show to Wonder Ballroom

Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”

YES, this is it! The Hebrew language cover of the Del Vikings tune “Come Go With Me.” In the early days of Facebook I was looking for this tune and no one on the social media landscape would even believe that it existed. But I had heard it from Terri Gross, so it had . . . → Read More: Danny Sanderson – Hebrew Version of “Come Go With Me”

Mayssa Karaa – Arabic Version of “White Rabbit”