I went to my third Lamb of God concert a couple of days ago. They are a pure American metal band from Virginia who met at Virginia Commonwealth University at least 20 years ago. In 2003, I flew from Chicago to a municipal airport in Creighton, Nebraska for work. I had a nursing . . . → Read More: Lamb of God Rocks Our World While Giving Us Causes for Concern, by Mark Erickson
Coldplay has definitely found the sweetspot where East meets West:
Tommy Keene will appear live and in Portland on February 6 at the Secret Society, 116 NE Russell and in Seattle on February 7 at the Sunset Tavern.
Laugh in the Dark by Tommy Keene catches you by surprise and reminds you of fun as would a county fair stop on your way to . . . → Read More: Tommy Keene – Laugh in the Dark – Review by Paul Johnson
Formed in the spring of 2014, High Waisted is an NYC surf rock band with pop sensibilities and an affliction for rock and roll. Every show is a party. Lo-fi fuzzy bass, reverb drenched guitars and radiant harmonies mesh to create the melodies of your wave-crashed daydreams. Fronted by Jessica Louise Dye, and . . . → Read More: High Waisted – Party in the Back
Dig the layers in this tune…
Raised in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, Angela Burns grew up listening to 90s grunge, pop-punk, and post-grunge bands circa 2000s. Her biggest aspiration being acting, she wrote her first song at age 9 and began playing drums in a band with her two sisters, Kathryn and . . . → Read More: Angela Burns – It’s Sad
Cameron Heger is a musician and dog lover from right here in our beloved Portlandia, Oregonia. After writing songs and playing drums in a few bands, this past year he decided to venture out on his own and see an entire musical project through from writing, to arranging, to performing. He enlisted his friend, . . . → Read More: Cameron Heger – Championships EP
Tvärvägen, the crossroads man, Henrik Öhberg, has a released a new song called “Phantom Signals” and it’s cool like January in the arctic. Give it a listen.
Damien Lillard of the Portland Trailblazers is back with another song and video:
Samm Henshaw & Bonkaz single “Autonomy (Slave)” operates on many levels, utilizes a stunning array of tools, and drives the lane down the center of your brain. The lyrics bring to light the captive, mediated pawns that in the current life game forever run in patterns unchanged. Visceral, ballsy, soulful and sweet, the vibrato . . . → Read More: Samm Henshaw & Bonkaz’ – Autonomy – Brings Light to Captives in Current Life Game, by Paul Johnson
It’s January the first and it’s my first concert of the year. After being out until well past midnight seeing the fireworks shoot off the Space Needle, I was exhausted all the next day and wouldn’t have made the effort for any lesser band. But the Crocodile Cafe, in the heart of Seattle’s Belltown, . . . → Read More: Seattle Rings In The New Year With Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven At The Crocodile Cafe, by Holly Homan
meet The Spiders From Mars, Ziggy Stardust’s backing band. they were originally were called David Bowie & The Hype (only with later manager Tony Visconti on bass). when the Ziggy Stardust album came out, their name was changed to The Spiders From Mars. but, they played on all the tunes, helped craft the music, . . . → Read More: Another Reason Why the RRHOF is a Living, Breathing Joke, by Art Chantry
I’ve been trying to get my hands on this album for decades, today is the day I’ve got it in my hands! Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames live at The Flamingo Club in September 1963 recorded by Glyn Johns. The music has been described as involving “distinctly sensuous body movements and even the . . . → Read More: Georgie Fame – Rhythm and Blues at the Flamingo, by Pat Thomas
December 1979’s Concerts for Kampuchea, a fairly successful meeting between 70s classic rock in its final breaths and a crop of ‘new wave’ bands starting to hit commercial success. Plant was the only old dude to mix it up with a ‘contemporary’ band – although nobody thought about it at the time – Rockpile’s . . . → Read More: Robert Plant and Rockpile – Little Sister – Concerts for Kampuchea, by Pat Thomas
Old and in the Way back in the day
Jerry Douglas and Peter Rowan will be appearing at Portland’s Alberta Rose Theatre on New Year’s eve. Should be a great show. Jerry Douglas is the Bela Fleck of the dobro. This is high praise indeed. By this I mean he has taken the sound . . . → Read More: Jerry Douglas and Peter Rowan Will Perform at the Alberta Rose Theater on New Year’s Eve
Some old friends are making a great film about MALI, its music, and the culture of a special place in a difficult time.
if you can throw them even a few bucks so they can finish it, that would be great.
“Malian Pieces is a feature documentary and accompanying online series . . . → Read More: Support: Malian Pieces: Stories from a Rich Country, by Daniel Housman
These agile musicians get a great sound, an urgent beat, and the brass section busts some surprisingly nimble dance moves while playing a bass sax. Thanks to Daniel Housman for sending along this viral vid to me. 20 years ago Daniel and I saw Morphine, that excellent 90s sax-based band, at the Off Ramp . . . → Read More: Too Many Zooz Live in Union Square
On Friday night December 18th I sacrificed seeing the new Star Wars on opening night to instead see Nick Lowe at Seattle’s Neptune Theater. The sacrifice was well worth it. Now white haired and bespectacled, Nick Lowe got on stage as a solo act for about the first two or three songs. Then the . . . → Read More: Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets Bring Their Quality Holiday Review For A Fun-Filled Night At Seattle’s Neptune, by Holly Homan
I caught this on the local jazz station a few days ago. Called “Christmas Will Really Be Christmas,” this 1967 tune is an extraordinary Christmas meditation which deserves some reconsideration in 2015. As one friend described it, “Damn man, this really is a stone groove. Totally dig it.”
After Sgt. Pepper, many of us Baby Boomers became so, uhhh, “sophisticated,” that we began sneering at many of the early British Invasion bands who served as our first introductions to rock ‘n’ roll. So many superb bands, including The Hollies and The Zombies and The Searchers, got shuffed off by us in our . . . → Read More: First Loved, Then Shunned: The Zombies and Others Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, by Rich Horton
Rebecca Jade understands the pure, indomitable magic of fifties R&B. Profoundly aware of the ebb and flow of her sound as well as the soul-derived beauty of the art, “Weather The Storm” is the first single from her upcoming record, A Shade Of Jade due out in 2016.