The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan

On the warm spring evening of January 24, I had the utmost pleasure of seeing the legendary Motels starring Martha Davis.

The Motels hit the charts in 1982 with songs like “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer,” but although those songs are exquisite, they proved this night that they have more than just . . . → Read More: The Legendary Motels Play Warm, Melodic Music to Match the Springtime Temps Outside, by Holly Homan

Meshuggah – Bleed and BEST MASHUP EVER With Lady Gaga, by Mark Erickson

San Dunn wrote and directed a series for VH1 called “Metal Evolution.” In the series, he traces various subgenres of metal, e.g., Nu, Black, and Progressive. So Mr. Nunn starts his exploration into prog metal by tracing roots to Yes, Genesis and King Crimson. He then tracks to Rush; specifically, Caress of Steel and . . . → Read More: Meshuggah – Bleed and BEST MASHUP EVER With Lady Gaga, by Mark Erickson

Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas

Was interesting to hear in both the movie and the panel discussion afterwards last night in LA, how many “punk legends” got inspired by “prog-rock” in the early 70’s. Great discussion by Jello Biafra about Hawkwind and Keith Morris praising Yes, King Crimson, etc. He wasn’t mentioned but John Lydon also went down that . . . → Read More: Records Collecting Dust Movie Coming to Portland Feb. 11, by Pat Thomas

Dengue Fever – No Sudden Moves: Band to Perform at Doug Fir on Feb. 11

The video above is for “No Sudden Moves,” a track off Dengue Fever’s first new album in four years, The Deepest Lake.

The band has numerous Northwest shows coming up. The most important of these is here in Portland at the Doug Fir on 2/11. They will also be appearing at WOW . . . → Read More: Dengue Fever – No Sudden Moves: Band to Perform at Doug Fir on Feb. 11

Freedom Fry – Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na) and The Wider Mile

Freedom Fry is an American/French indie pop duo made up of Bruce Driscoll (from Blondfire) and his wife Marie.

“Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na),” (above) is their first single of 2015 and they describe it in this way, “At the heart of this song is a crazy delayed percussion loop that . . . → Read More: Freedom Fry – Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na) and The Wider Mile

Seinabo Sey – Pistols At Dawn (Lucian x Mickey Valen Remix)

I don’t know much about this tune, but I like it:

Desperate Journalist – Control

I love this new tune from British combo Desperate Journalist. It’s a postmodern pop tune with a slight Smiths feel, as if Morrissey and Marr were both in the delivery room when “Control” came aborning.

This band consists of two girls and two boys who have bonded in the abandoned wilds of North . . . → Read More: Desperate Journalist – Control

My Goodness Releases New Video, Will Perform at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on Feb 6 and Seattle’s Tractor on Feb 5

Powerpacked, feedback-overloaded, garage-born Seattle blues rock dynamo, My Goodness, has released a new video for the tunes “Bottle” and “Say You’re Gone,” which you can see below. The video features a mature man who looks a little like East Portland Davey. The old coot strips down to his boxers and takes a bath in . . . → Read More: My Goodness Releases New Video, Will Perform at Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre on Feb 6 and Seattle’s Tractor on Feb 5

Surf Rock is Dead – Equinox

With peppy electro beats and wistful vocals, Brooklyn-duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD) presents blissful tunes that hit you like a bittersweet wave of nostalgia, kind of like that last hangover of the summer. Loading up on fun and laid back California vibes, this washed out duo is releasing an effervescent new single, “Equinox.”

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Jenny La Sexy Voz feat. Arcangel – Los Blue Prints

Chosen Few’s Jenny “La Sexy Voz” and megastar Arcangel prove to be a dynamic duo in the song “Los Blueprints” unleashing their lyrical prowess over a melodic and catchy beat. Critics and fans alike have dubbed the single one of the realest reggaeton records in years and the video one of the most zaftig . . . → Read More: Jenny La Sexy Voz feat. Arcangel – Los Blue Prints

Phil Collins – I Don’t Care Anymore, by Steve Stav

El Rey’s Miami Vice marathon continues… of course, Vice and Phil Collins are eternally linked, from the very first episode. I don’t know too many people who care for Phil anymore, especially amongst my musician friends. I know, I know, he (and Genesis) wound up spreading the cheese pretty thick. I know, I know, . . . → Read More: Phil Collins – I Don’t Care Anymore, by Steve Stav

The Bats – Daddy’s Highway, by Pat Thomas

Not only the best LP to come out of the massive Flying Nun / Kiwi stable (which had much good to great talent, but few who delivered complete albums as consistent and captivating as this one), but amongst the best indie albums anywhere by any group in the second half of the 80’s.

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Joe Cocker – Darling Be Home Soon, by Pat Thomas

Joe Cocker was one of those guys that my pals liked to mock and was fun for John Belushi to parody. But at his peak, Joe was “thee song interpreter” of his generation. Most famously, he was one of the first and best to really rework a Beatles song into something new, different and . . . → Read More: Joe Cocker – Darling Be Home Soon, by Pat Thomas

X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble Fill Seattle’s El Corazon for a Holiday Rock and Roll Show, by Holly Homan

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Friday night in Seattle, less than a week before Christmas, and all through the house (called El Corazon )it is packed to the gills where X and the Blasters played a double bill. Seattle’s own Girl Trouble opened.

All three bands are perfectly blended. The Blasters are traditional roots rock while X have . . . → Read More: X, The Blasters & Girl Trouble Fill Seattle’s El Corazon for a Holiday Rock and Roll Show, by Holly Homan

Brian Charette – Time Of The Season

Los Angeles jazz organist Brian Charette has released his new single, “Time of the Season,” a cover of The Zombies’ 1968 hit. This supercoolish vamp is the latest from Charette’s full-length album, Good Tipper, which was released November 2014. When not recording or performing, Charette teaches master classes all over the world and is . . . → Read More: Brian Charette – Time Of The Season

The New Pornographers – Joseph, Who Understood, by Tom Fredrickson

The Joseph of the Nativity story is a cipher: one of those New Testament characters whose very blankness seems to invite us to step into their sandals and ask what we would do if we were witness to such strange events. It wasn’t until I became an adoptive father that I suddenly (if narcissistically) . . . → Read More: The New Pornographers – Joseph, Who Understood, by Tom Fredrickson

Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan

Friday night December 12, I once again made the long drive south to Tacoma, Washington to see yet another great show at Jazzbones. This time it was Nekromantix with Angie & the Car Wrecks opening.

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen Nekromantix, but this was the most fun show I’ve seen them . . . → Read More: Nekromantix & Angie & the Car Wrecks Raise the Dead At Tacoma’s Jazzbones, by Holly Homan

Laura Nyro – Christmas and the Beads of Sweat, by Pat Thomas

For me, this 1970 LP is the best “holiday” album. Why? Laura Nyro wrote all the songs, except one, which Carole King did. Felix Cavaliere and Arif Mardin produced it. The backing band are the Swampers from Muscle Shoals – plus Duane Allman AND Alice Coltrane play on it. What more could you want?

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Free Christmas! EP From Awesome Canadians, Zerbin

Friendly Canadian indie-rock trio Zerbin is spreading holiday cheer with a free download of its latest EP. Premiering on Pancakes & Whiskey, the new release features Christmas classics with a modern pop twist and two never before heard remixes of the band’s hit song, “New Earth.” The free download is available via NoiseTrade.

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Anna O – Symphony

After spending the last few months working on new music, Australian songwriter Anna O is excited by the release of her latest single, ‘Symphony.’ The track is brought to life by the artist’s warm, soulful vocals, which glide over a landscape of dreamy synths, strings and an overall sense of intrigue. It’s this unique . . . → Read More: Anna O – Symphony