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
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
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”
Take a look at the video below as it contains snippets of what sounds like a very promising new album entitled The Invasion Parade which has just been released by Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez. The album was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and features Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding on bass. The . . . → Read More: Cuban Pianist and Composer Alfredo Rodríguez to Release The Invasion Parade
Ms. Cecile McLorin Salvant singing the Raymond Hubbell & John Golden standard “Poor Butterfly”. For more videos, photos, touring info and more, visit http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/
Folding Legs bring cutlery and a fresh take to beloved Scandinavian celebrations of Santa Lucia Day.
It’s hard not to love this catchy tune and the accompanying spot-on performance art video. It breaks every boundary with such ease and simplicity.
According to their publicist, “Brooklyn-based alt-rock/indie-pop quartet Folding Legs have just premiered their video . . . → Read More: Folding Legs – Drown in Light
Thirty years ago today, March 2, 1984, the film This is Spinal Tap was released. This rockumentary, or mockumentary, directed by Rob Reiner, featured Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel), Michael McKean (David St. Hubbins), Harry Shearer (Derek Smalls), and a bevy of actors and actresses in guest spots. Numerous actors filled in the role of . . . → Read More: Spinal Tap: It Was 30 Years Ago Today, by Mark Erickson
JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO will perform in a solo acoustic show, Saturday, June 14 in our beloved PORTLAND, Oregon at the mighty Doug Fir Lounge.
Doors/Show/Onstage: 8:00pm/9:00pm/10:00pm – Tickets: $20.00-$22.00
Johnette did a one-off solo show in New York a couple of months ago, then one in LA, and another packed one in . . . → Read More: JOHNETTE NAPOLITANO • Saturday, June 14 • PORTLAND, OR • Doug Fir Lounge
I like this new tune from Deluka, particularly the easy, 80s theatricality in the vocals of Ellie Innocenti. She is, of course, lovely to look at as well. Her voice sounds like a Stoli Gimlet, full of limey bite, worldly burn and mysterious physiological comfort. Deluka will appear several times at SXSW. The photo . . . → Read More: Deluka – Home – Vocalist Sounds Like a Stoli Gimlet
Poke Da Squid’s new release, I Honestly Had Higher Expectations, is a very poppy album with heavy ska elements and even some harder rock. “Two Drunks Make It Write” starts things off. This song has some Blink 182 and a bit of Less Than Jake influences with catchy guitar hooks and even catchier harmonies. . . . → Read More: I Honestly Had Higher Expectations – Poke Da Squid Album Review, by Holly Homan
On Friday, February 21, I had the utmost pleasure of watching ska legends The English Beat perform two shows. One was an intimate performance at The Guitar Store in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood and the other was a sold-out performance at the Showbox downtown.
The performance at the Guitar Store attracted about 60 to . . . → Read More: English Beat Play to a Sell-Out Crowd at the Showbox After Playing a Small Show At a Local Guitar Store, by Holly Homan
Thursday February 13th, Valentine’s Day Eve, was a day I looked forward to for a long time. The Mad Caddies, one of my favorite ska bands was making a triumphant return to Seattle. If memory serves correct, it’s been about eight years since Mad Caddies played Seattle — way too long. They did not . . . → Read More: The Triumphant Return Of The Mad Caddies Packs Them In At Chop Suey, by Holly Homan
Photography © Dan Kendall
Finally, after waiting patiently for a few years now, North American fans of Public Service Broadcasting are finally getting their wish. Starting on 18 February at the Casbah in San Diego and concluding with 16 March, 2014, the south London duo are bringing their dynamic and cinematic multimedia experience . . . → Read More: Public Service Broadcasting Storm North America with Their “Inform Education Entertain” Tour, by P. Raffington
To hold fans over until they tour this spring, Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin has released this video for their song titled, “Goodnight Goodbye”. It’s a retro-coolish peek into The Julie Ruin’s touring adventures and was shot on Super 8 film in Olympia, WA last year. I love how it works as a superfantastic . . . → Read More: The Julie Ruin – Goodnight, Goodbye
These two are cousins from General Santos City in the Philippines. Their names are Aldrich Lloyd Talonding and James Walter Bucong. One of their early Youtube videos went viral and they were invited to come to the US to perform on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where they were given gifts of money and instruments. . . . → Read More: Rooftops – Aldrich and James
This is the best band playing live today.
I honestly cannot say enough in praise of this touring group. I have been there at the Chicago Winery shows the last two times through Chicago. No new record? Not needed when you have a catalogue like IH does.
Oh and it is so . . . → Read More: The Best Band Playing Live Today, By Ron Swanson
It’s a Tuesday night and four great ska bands play to a sparse but energetic crowd at El Corazon.
The night was headlined by the legendary NYC band, The Toasters. I first saw The Toasters in 1996 at the Bumbershoot festival, but spent much of the time chasing my then six-year-old son around. . . . → Read More: El Corazon Brings Out a Ska-Filled Night With The Toasters, Easy Big Fella, The Georgetown Orbits & The Skablins, By Holly Homan
50 years ago The Beatles were introduced to America. Aside from their music, which still stands on its own merits, they helped launch what we now think of as The Sixties. They didn’t start it, of course. After all, the other strands were there — the yearnings for racial equality, artistic restlessness, and a . . . → Read More: Fifty Years Ago, The Beatles Launched the Sixties, by Rich Horton
Goodnight Pete Seeger. One hates to think of the songs that might disappear with his passing. Like us all he got some things wrong…his reaction to “electric” Dylan for example. But his belief in hand-made, rooted music as a progressive force was infinite and inspiring.
– Chris Eckman
Pete Seeger’s Wikipedia Page
No . . . → Read More: R.I.P. Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014, By Chris Eckman