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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Triple Crown: 11/01 - 11/14

The Artists of this installment of the Triple Crown all share a home on the amazing Chicago based Bloodshot Records. Having hosted artists like Alejandro Escovedo, Neko Case, the Detroit Cobras and Ryan Adam's Whiskeytown, Bloodshot has been a hotbed of talent for almost 20 years. Luckily the next two weeks we'll be treated here in Portland with shows by three of their current roster.
























Friday, November 4th

Wayne "The Train" Hancock
Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devils
Star Theater
13 NW 6th Ave
Doors:8PM/Show:9PM
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$15
21 & Over

Calling all Rockabilly girls, pompadore kings,old men in Stetsons, and faded rodeo queens; Wayne "The Train"Hancock is rolling back to our fair city and you sure don't want to miss it. This time through he's bringing his uncomplicated honky-tonk strut to the newly open Star Theater. With his signature two-step rockabilly swing, that's as honest as the open road and as comforting as a warm summer night, Hancock speaks to the blue collar soul in us all. Like the road wise Texas man, that he is, Wayne's live show is both compelling and fun and well worth the price of admission.
Opening the night is the hot-rod blues of Portland's own Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devils. With a voice as raw gravel Hopeless Jack delivers a soulfully raucous blues so powerful you can almost taste the crossroads mojo in the air. These two bands should make one amazing night, so dust off your dancing shoes and take this opportunity to check out this awesome new venue by the people that brought you Dante's.





Monday, November 7th
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside
Doors:8PM/Show:9PM
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$10
21 & Over

Ripe with a groovy funk of 70's style soul, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are going to move the Doug Fir lounge so hard that even the most flat footed hipster will be able to find their groove. This is music that gets asses on the dance floor and makes the ladies swoon. These songs are built with the energy of James Brown and the ache of Otis Redding. Pulsing with a mad danceable beat, this is the power of soul at it's most potent. Filled with the cries of revolution and the sharp pain of desire and love the spirit of Marvin Gaye would be proud.
























Tuesday, November 8th

Lydia Loveless
The Tumblers
Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi
Doors:8:30PM/Show:9PM
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$10
21 & Over

With her bold attitude and an amazing voice Lydia Loveless is a perfect mix of Dolly Partton's Country and the rock'n'roll of Joan Jett. This red headed country girls has a moonshine smile and the saunter as smooth as the Mississippi river. Reminiscent Of Bloodshot sirens of the past like Neko Case and Kelly Hogan, Loveless is wonderfully capable of filing some big shoes. Powerful and energetic, if her live show is even half as good as her new album Indestructible Machine then we are all in store for one hell of a night at Mississippi Studio.
Joining her on stage is the highway country lounge of Portland's The Tumblers. This should be a great show so make sure you clear your Tuesday night and take the time to catch some great music.

Tuesday Double Feature: JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound "Everything Will Be Fine" & Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "Sugarfoot"

Sometime there is nothing better than the funky feel of hard warm soul against your eardrums. It's probably what got me into this whole thing, sitting in front of my dad's stereo as his Motown Records spinned into beautiful infinity. It is the rhythm of passion, the ache of heart break and as Otis Redding once sung its sitting across from the person you love the most in this world and sharing a moment as simply profound as drinking coffee and smoking a cigarette.

So this week we solute the sweet music of soul with videos by two modern masters and their amazing groups.


JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound - Everything Will Be Fine





JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound have recently released their first album on the Chicago based Bloodshot label and will be playing our own Doug Fir on the 7th of this month.

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
- Sugarfoot
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Having released their most recent album Scandalous earlier this year, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears are on the road tirelessly touring. Luckily for us her in the North West It means that we can catch him at the awesome Wonder Ballroom on November 16th.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Black Box Revlation"High On a Wire" & Band Of Skulls "Devil Takes Care of His Own"

With a good amount of down time to recoup, I'm hoping to finish October and start November strong. So lets get going with this weeks installment of the Tuesday Double Feature that includes videos by two bands new to BLS. I hope you enjoy them as much as I.


Black Box Revelation - High on a Wire

Broken blues in black and white.


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This Belgian duo play some of the dirtiest broken blues north of the Maison-Dixion Line. Raw and gritty these boys stir in a hefty portion of psychedelic garage distortion to an already bold sound. Still grinning like new fathers from the release of the Shiver of Joy EP earlier this year, they haven't wasted any time with a new full length album slated for US release early 2012. With any luck they should be landing on American soil soon and will make their way to a town near you. Until then, enjoy this video and the rest of their online treasures.


Band of Skulls - Devil Takes Care of His Own

Gritty murk rock and Kung-fu mayhem, can you ask for anything more?



Band of Skulls plays that murky kind of rock that seem always on the verge of over whelming you. Phenomenal, their music is bold with textured guitars and an auditory dream scape that's rich with details without being too busy. Having recently been picked to support The Black Keys on their upcoming tour this UK band is certain to make an already highly anticipated show in to one of the greatest concerts of the season. So keep an eye out for them playing near you, and make sure you get your tickets early.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature:Austin Lucas "Thunder Rail" & Butch Walker & The Black Widows "Summer of '89"

Nostalgia is a powerful thing and when it comes to music, their is no subject that gets more time on tape. From the sorrow of regret to the cotton candy haze of childhood memories, musicians have been recollecting on the past since the first voice was raised in harmony.

So this week's Tuesday Double Feature is dedicated to that desire built into us all to return to a different time. Here's to remembering some good memories or burying some bad ones and the diverse soundtrack to accompany you on your journey.


Austin Lucas - "Thunder Rail"

Fittingly set in a basement where all memories seem to dwell.

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Born with a coal miner’s soul, the music of Austin Lucas has a certain honesty to it, as though told through the revealing golden light of bourbon. If you don't have any plans tonight you can catch him opening for Reverend Payton's Big Damn Band at Dante's. Amazing live, it's well worth being a little bit tired tomorrow morning. Link

Butch Walker & The Black Widows
- "Summer Of '89"

Bryan Adams has got nothing on these boys.




A long time veteran of the music scene Butch Walker and his band The Black Widows have earned their stripes on the road and the studio. Having just released their latest album The Spade, the band is preparing to head out on tour soon. Unfortunately their isn't a show scheduled for our neck of the woods but it's still early. So keep you ears pealed.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Quick Note: Catching Up in the Month of September

As some people deep clean in spring, I've decided to take this Month to catch up on a few things that got thrown on the back burner. With that in mind you can expect some neat things poping up on By the Light of the Stereo (BLS) in the next few weeks including a few album reviews, a bunch of About Last Night features and hopefully an interview or two. Here's the bad news though, unfortunately I won't be posting any Triple Crowns in September. Once I get some of this back log of material off my plate though I'll be ready to start fresh in October. I already have my eyes on a bunch of great shows to populate next month's Triple Crowns and believe me when I tell you that they'll be well worth wait. Also, I promise that if I see any really good shows coming our way I'll throw out a quick little preview so that you don't miss out..

As for the Tuesday Double Features, I'll still be posting them on time so you can get your weekly video fix. Speaking of which, if you haven't checked out last week's Zombie extravaganza then make sure you pop by before you leave.

Well I better get to it, cause I got a lot to catch up on. Thanks again to everyone that takes the time to read BLS. I might write for the love of the music but it's for you all that I keep doing it. So keep checking back, cause you don't want to miss a thing. Also this might be a great time to find our Facebook page and send us a line. I'd love to hear from you all about the music you love and the bands you'd like me to cover. While you're their check out the Photo Albums.
Hope to hear from you and don't forget.

Keep the music playing and play it loud.

Mark A. Lawrence IV
Writer / Editor


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Sweet Teen Killing Machine "City of the Shrieking Dead" & Peaches and Iggy Pop"Kick It"

I don't know about you, but as of late I have fallen in love with Zombies. I'm not sure what it is about the lumbering flesh eaters that has arrested my fascination so securely, but I'm hooked. From the classics movies of George A. Romero to Max Brooks' novel World War Z, theirs no brain munching, intestine devouring undead ghoul I don't like.
So in honor of the underdogs of the living dead ranks and the survivors that must fight to keep their flesh on their bones, this week's Tuesday Double Feature highlights two videos that feature these hungry corpses.

Sweet Teen Killing Machine - "City of the Shrieking Dead"

Zombie bashing femme fatal and horror punk rock, what else can you ask for.



I was hoping to catch Portland's Sweet Teen Killing Machine at this years Musicfest NW but unfortunately they cancelled their show last minute. Their raw horror punk is dark and gritty and I'm hoping that I can see them play live soon. Until then I have their digital presence to keep the things denizens of the dark at bay.

Peaches feat. Iggy Pop - "Kick It"

It seems totally natural that both Peaches and Iggy Pop fight zombies on the side. Don't you think.



Peaches and Iggy Pop are both artist on the edge and I can't think of any one better to have at my side in a zombie apocalypse. Peaches was just at the Roseland with her one woman DJ/MC act while Iggy Pop and this legendary band mate the Stooges are celebrating the special deluxe edition release of their album Raw Power.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Musicfest Northwest:: The Game Plan


Tonight marks the start of 2011's Musicfest NW, Portland's premier music event of the year. The hype that this will be the grandest Musicfest yet is no lie. With 197 acts playing 21 venues, all squeezed into 5 amazing nights, this will be a week to remember. With all that music though, you have to have a game plan so in lue of a Triple Crown I thought I 'd share my picks for this years Musicfest NW. I hope you all have your own plans, but if you have a few open spots in your schedule, I've listed the shows I most excited about and hope you might check a few of them out yourself.

Wednesday, September 7th

10PM Hurry Up!
Mississippi Studios
3939 N Mississippi Ave
21 & Over

Portland's newest punk sensation, Hurry Up has a rambunctiously youthful energy that can only be captured in the thralls of punk rock rebellion. A supper group of sorts that includes Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the Thermals and fellow underground veteran Maggie Vail, Hurry Up can back up their energy with the staying power of experience. I recently caught them opening at the East End and they were awesome and their show at Mississippi is a great way to start off the week.


Thursday, September 8th

10PM Witch Mountain
Dante's
350 W. Burnside St.
21 & Over

If the 80's and David Grohl have taught us anything, it's that you should always make a little room for good metal in your life. Their is something to say of the cheap high you get killing useless braincells in the act of head banging. In this case I'm making sure to catch Portland's own Witch Mountain. A thick stew of instrumentation, their melodic grind has a bluesy sensuality that is heightened by the soulful voice of Uta Plotkin. Dante's red room atmosphere is a perfect match for this band and their music which will increase the enjoyment of this show as a pairing of the right wine can make a meal that much better.


11PM Handsome Furs
Branx
320 SE 2nd Ave
All Ages

The music of this married couple from Montreal is a shadowy grit-pop that oozes with a seedy industrial kink. The soundtrack of back ally hook ups and unmentionable after parties in skid row hotels, these songs have a lusty seduction to them that makes you crave them like your worst vices. I'm guessing this show will be sinfully fun and I might just need a shower afterwards, but sometimes it's the things that get you dirty that are the most fun.
If you want a taste of their sound, I featured their video for "Dumb Animals" in last weeks Tuesday Double Feature so check it out.


12PM Phantogram
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside St.
21 & Over

LinkThe jazzy minimalistic dream scape of Phantograms music is a beautifully sparse environment that is inhabited by extremes, each sound making an impact twice as powerful as it's initial energy. Created by the duo of Joshua Carter and Sarah Barthel, I'm looking forward to seeing how their songs translate to the Doug Fir stage.


Friday, September 9th

9PM Anais Mitchell
Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
All Ages

For Friday night I feel the best bang for the effort is camping out at the Aladdin Theater for a show case of storytellers and folk song writers. Opening is the melodic beauty of Anais Mitchell. With a diversely soulful voice that can strut about with an attitude of a blues diva or can softly tell a story so touching you can almost feel the soft caress of her breath upon your cheek.Her songwriting is wonderfully organic and has a universal quality that's charming to audiences of all ages, as my 10 year old daughter will tell you. I'm excited to take the whole family to this all ages show at the Aladdin Theater.


10PM Joe Pug
Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
All Ages

Following Anais Mitchell is the storytelling perfection of Joe Pug. In my opinion one of the brightest rising stars to have picked up a guitar in the last few years. I might go as far as to say he could be the next Bob Dylan. Imbued with more honesty than Mumford and Son his musical tales are the callused handed revelation of the common man in all of us. I have become obsessed with his music and I look forward to seeing him fill the warmly embracing acoustics of the Aladdin Theater with the comforting sound of his road worn voice.


Saturday, September 10th

9PM Violet Isle
Jimmy Mak's
221 NW 10th Ave
21 & Over

Wonderfully multifaceted the Violet Isle's can be both bold and detailed. Their rich acoustic pop provided each song with a beautifully distinct flavor and their live show provides a lovingly fresh insight into their music that should not be passed up.



10PM Heavy Cream
Mississippi Studios
3939 N. Mississippi Ave
21 & Over
Somewhere between the Donna's and the Runaways, Heavy Cream, except for their one Y Chromosome, is the poster child for girl empowerment. Screw Hannah Montana and Taylor Swift, these are the girls I want my daughter to look up to. At least they can play their own instruments and they don't need to infect her with their unresolved daddy issues. Powerful and hungry you can hear it in their music. I'm excited about this show at Mississippi, because I can only believe that their live show will blow the audience away. If your curious abut the band,check out the video for "Watusi" which was included in last weeks Tuesday Double Feature. Check it out.


11PM Jared Mees & The Grown Children
Rontoms
600 E Burnside St.
21 & Over

Fun and playful Jared Mees and his Grown Children play the kind of music that makes you skip. Filled with the child like glee of sugar high sleep overs and carefree day dreaming; these songs might make one forget,even for just a moment, the bill buried world life turns into when you get older. I'm sure their set at Rontoms will rejuvenate it's audience with a popish energy that will let them finish the night strong .


12 PM Ravishers
Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Ave
21 & Over

The jazzy pop of Portland's Ravishers is filled with dreamy urban melodies and a danceable beat that gets under your skin in all the best kind of ways. Vibrant and luscious with the wonderfully light-hearted energy that defines the Portland Pop sound, this band is making the right kind of commotion. I'm certain that big things are waiting for them just around the corner. So take this chance to catch these home town boys before the road claims them for its own.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Phantogram "When I'm Small" & Jared Mees & The Grown Children "Hungry Like A Tiger"

I'll keep it short and sweet. For this weeks Tuesday Double Feature I picked videos by two of the bands I'm hoping to catch during Musicfest NW.

Enjoy.

Phantogram
- When I'm Small



Jared Mees & the Grown Children - Hungry Like A Tiger

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Handsom Furs "Dumb Animals" & Heavy Cream "Watusi"

For this weeks Tuesday Double Feature I picked videos by two of the bands I'm most excited about catching at this years Musicfest Northwest. The Northwest's premier music festival will be filling the streets with music from September 7th to the 11th. tickets and Wrist Bands are still available so don't miss your chance at the music event of the year.

Handsome Furs - "Dumb Animals"

Montreal based married couple who make industrialized new wave music. Gritty. Dirty. Good.



Having recently(June 28th) released their third full length album Sound Kapital on Sub Pop Records, The Handsome Furs are out on the road pushing the flesh. Luckily you won't have to wait long to see them as they'll be playing an 11PM set at Branx on Thursday the 8th.

Heavy Cream - "Watusi"

The Runaways for the next generation.



The Heavy Cream will be playing Saturday the 9th at Mississippi Studios for a 10PM set, check them out.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Joe Pug "Speak Plainly Diana" & The Parson Red Heads "Seven Years Ago"

Folk rock and the open road go together like blues and whiskey, so I think it's fitting that this weeks Tuesday Double Feature spotlights two up and coming leaders of the genre, with videos that show life on tour.

These are musicians on the rise so garb hold now. Like a rail car through the switching yard, they are traveling a safe speeds but soon they'll accelerate beyond catching so reach out and take hold.

Joe Pug - Speak Plainly Diana



Possessed with the same rambling American spirit as Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Job Pug's music is rich with the salt and soil that made this country. A bold storyteller, it's hard not to get lost in his lyrics. Pug will be returning to Portland Friday September 9th to play the Aladdin Theater for Music Fest Northwest. Make sure you grab your wrist band or tickets now.

The Parson Red Heads - Seven Years Ago



New darlings of the vibrant folk-rock scene of Portland Oregon, The Parson Red Head's music is an oddly beautiful mix of 70's musical influences as broad as Neil Young and mellow Tom Petty and The Heartbreaks. Celebrating the recent release of their latest album Yearling the band is on tour, so keep an eye out for them playing in a town near you.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Birthday Binge 2011-Part 2:A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock'n'Roll

Part 2 of the Birthday Binge of 2011,has a little bit of country and a little bit of rock'n'roll and it really doesn't matter what you like. All these shows are worth the price of admission. So come on out and get your own over dose of music.


Saturday, August 20th
Drag the River
Pascal Briggs
Devil's Point
5305 SE Foster Rd
Show: 10PM
Adv.:$10
21 & Over

If the walls of the Grande Ole Opry were to fall and Nashville burn to the ground, I'd have no fear for country music knowing Drag the River was in the world. Instilled with more Cash and and Hank Sr. then all the CMA's combined roster, their music is a road worn thing smoothed over by whiskey. Filled with the weeping of the petal steel and the comforting resonance of acoustic guitar their songs have the blue collar beauty of a farmer's sun faded eyes. But don't be mistaken, these boys have souls of pure rock'n'roll and their show at the confined space of the Devil's Point is sure to shake the walls.
Supporting the boys is the amazing voice and guitar of Pascal Briggs. Looking like an interesting mix of early Lou Reed and Bob Dylan, Briggs plays an oddly infectious folk punk that gets in your head. Dark and deep Briggs is one of a kind, and something tells me you're going to remember his show for a long time after.



Friday, August 26th
The Night Beats
Wooden Shjips
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside
Doors: 8PM/ Show:9PM
Cover: See Doug Fir Website for details
21 & Over

Hosted by Sailor Jerry Rum, this night of garage rock madness will feature the awesome Go-Go spy-rock of the Night Beats.Their music is a sexy beast with a dangerous swagger; rich with a delicious guitar fuzz that's nearly hypnotic and a strutting rhythm that threatens to steal your soul. You almost have to wonder if these guys spent too much time in badly ventilated garages sucking in the fumes of Hendrix records and tripping to Russ Myer films. It's simple, this band is going to blow your mind and the awesome thing is that they're just the opening act.
Headlining this show is the psychedelic audio freakout of the Wooden Shjips. A maddening stew of sound, this San Fransisco band will leave your head swimming in a euphoric state of disorientation.This night of contained auditory chaos should be a sweet release after a long week at work so order yourself a Jerry and coke and drink one for me.



Saturday, August 27th
Reverend Horton Heat
Nashville Pussy
Wonder Ballroom
128 NW Russell St
Doors:8PM/Show:9PM
Adv.:$12/ Day Of:$22
21 & Over

Like an old fashion tent revival of rock'n'roll The Reverend Horton Heat is coming to town to save you. It might be from the boredom of sobriety and good living, but why split straws. Populated by the wail of large bodied Gretsch guitars and Bull Bass slapping the music of the Reverend is a mix of hot rod rock'a'billy and swinging two-step country rock. If it doesn't rev up your engines you might want to check your pulse.
Sharing the stage of this one night engagement at our lovely Wonder Ballroom is the whiskey swilling, bar room brawling mofos from Georgia:Nashville Pussy. Their head banging hard rock is going to melt your face with the metal bending guitar of Ruyter Suys. If you can still walk after all the lovely abuse you'll take form this show you can count yourself a lucky soul, but either way you'll know you've seen one hell of a show.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Birthday Binger-Part 1:Let's hear it for the ladies

It's been 4 years since I drank enough to howl at the moon. In those days I use to be famous for celebrating my birthday with a little more than the needed amount of friendly libations. Now sober, I still have a tendency toward toasting another year of life with a little binging. These days it's with a whole lot of live music in the two weeks leading up to my birthday. So this is the first of two articles previewing the six awesome shows I'm hoping to catch in the next two weeks. I hope to see you at a few.


Thursday, August 18th
Avengers
Roxy Epoxy & The R
ebounds/Defect Defect/Ari Shine
Dante's
350 West Burnside
Doors:8PM /Show: 9PM
Adv.:$10 /Day Of:$12
21 & Over

Penelope Houston is a pivotal figure in Punk rock whether the world knows it or not, and a concert by the Avengers is better than a visit by royalty. Having originally existed in a short span of time between 1977 to 1979 this band ran with the likes of the Sex Pistols, X and the Dead Kennedy's and created some of the most meaningful punk rock that ever existed. Their music was not just rage and rebellion, it was raw emotion given purpose and their brief run might in fact have, in my opinion, legitimized punk rock as a musical form. The ground work they laid has shaped all the music that followed. Whether you like punk rock or not this is a show you don't want to miss.
Blessed with the opportunity to support this band is Portland's siren of synth-punk Roxy Epoxy and her band the Rebound. Energetic and powerful in her own right she is a perfect compliment to these trailblazers of punk. Also on the bill is the berserker assault of Defect,Defect and the unique pairing of Ari Shine's rock'n'roll. If your withing 400 miles of Portland or Seattle this weekend you need to make this show.

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Sunday, August 21st
The Ettes
Hans Condor/My Goodness
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside
Doors:8PM/Show:9PM
Adv.:$10/Day Of:$12
21 & Over

The musical equivalent to the perfect storm, The Ettes have a power and energy that can lift cars and up root trees. Their fuzz rich guitars and strutting groove makes a raw sexy sound that feel lusciously dirty and is delivered with a speed that causes whiplash in those improperly secured. With the tornado fury of Poni on drums and the deceptively aggressive precision of Coco and Jem; live, this three piece might have no equal.Touring in support of their latest audio masterpiece Wicked Will; Coco and the crew reveal a new unshakable confidence and the slightest effects of the outlaw country of their new home town of Nashville.
I saw this band 2 years ago at Slabtown and have been jonesing for a chance to see them again ever since. Joining them on stage, like two brothers, is the bluesy aggression of Hans Condor whose powerful music is a thunderously sweaty beast while the broken blues of My Goodness has a smoother yet just as effective come on.



Monday, August 22nd
White Mystery
Shannon & The Clams/The Men/Milk Music/Hurry Up
East EndLink203 SE Grand Ave
Show:9PM
Price: $8
21 & Over

The bold fuzztastic rock'n'roll of Chicago based White Mystery is a powerful thing made of an audio force that can topple buildings. Their crunchy garage madness is an assault of viciously raw guitar and a blunt force attack of brutal drumming. Like a page out of Phil Specters "Wall of sound", this brother and sister duo make the music that melts the brain and infects your body with an unforgiving rhythm. Live their energy is highly unstable and verges on volatile. Like their wild locks of vibrant red hair Alex and Francis are barely containable when on stage which will make this night at the East End outrageously fun.
Sharing the bill is four other awesome bands. Headlining is the 50's garage flashback phenomenon of Shannon and The Clams. While the supporting slots are held by the wild sonic freakout of The Man, the boldly raw force of Milk Music and the freshly birthed super-group of Hurry Up. Jammed pact with music there's no better way to spend this Monday night.

Tusday Double Feature: White Mystery "Powerglove" & Roxy Epoxy and The Rebound "Unnamed"

This Tuesday Double Feature highlights two amazing acts playing in Portland this coming week. Check out the videos and then catch them live, you won't regret it.

White Mystery - Powerglove

A redheaded love fest with an amazing garage rock soundtrack.



The sibling team up of Chicago based White Mystery play a bold powerful garage rock that's dirty in all the right way. They'll be playing at the East End, with a gang of bands on Monday the 22nd. Check out our preview of the show.

Roxy Epoxy and the Rebound - Unnamed

A low budget video but great song.



Portland's own queen of synth-punk Roxy Epoxy and her band the Rebounds will be opening for punk royalty the Avengers this Thursday night the 18th. If you want to read more about is check out this write up.


10 Questions: Mark Ortmann of The Bottle Rockets

1) Your newest album, Not So Loud was recorded at the Lucas School House in St. Louis. What in particular about this venue and show made you decide to record your acoustic album there?

MO: The Lucas School House was an intimate listening room with good acoustics and sound system, making it well-suited for the audience and performers.

2) On the new album you re-imagined and re-tooled 13 songs from your extensive catalog. What process did you take in choosing the songs you would use for the album?

MO: We chose the best performances with the best recording quality and technical aspects. However, with over four hours of music recorded over two nights, we were selective in choosing only enough for a single disc.

3) What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of an acoustic show verses an electric? Is it a misnomer that you need less equipment for an acoustic show?

MO: The quieter volume of an acoustic performance can allow songs to be heard easier. An acoustic show seems to require about as much equipment as an electric show, but the gear is much lighter to carry. I guess it's easier on our ears and our backs.

4) In converting from electric performance to an acoustic one how did the drum parts evolve?

MO: I stripped down the drum set to just a bass drum, snare drum and hi-hat, and modified the drum parts to fit within that confinement. Playing with those restrictions forced me to approach the drum parts from a different creative space.

5) Rock and Jazz are know for their drummers, from the antics of Tommy Lee to the skill of Gene Krupa. Who do you gain influence from and are their specifically any Country music drummers among the list.

MO: Some of my favorite old-school drummers are John Bonham, Joe Morello, Clyde Stubblefield, Ringo Star, and Art Blakey. I do admire the talents of many of the Nashville session drummers, but none have necessarily influenced my style.

6) In past interviews you’ve sites influences like Jim Chrochy and David Gates. What are the names of current or newer bands/musicians that have had an effect upon the music of the band? With changes in the line up over the years, did that infuse new influences?

MO: I can't think of newer acts that have influenced the band, but yes, new band members do bring different influences to the band. Not all band members share the same exact tastes in music, so each brings their unique talents when they join.

7) The Bottle Rockets have been around for almost 2 decades, in that time what has been the most significant changes to the music industry? What have you done as a band to survive these changes?

MO: The biggest change has been the decline or necessity of record labels because of the Internet. Anybody can post or share free music in the spirit of do-it-yourself. We are slow at keeping up with the newest web technologies.

8) Over the years you’ve been connected with several record labels with both positive and negative results. To date you’ve released the most albums with the Chicago based Bloodshot label. What is it about this label that’s made the difference?

MO: Bloodshot (Records) does what they say and doesn't promise what they can't.

9) Your 2002 album Song of Sahm, a tribute to Doug Sahm that demonstrated your love of his music and the respect of his craft. Name 3 other songwriters that you feel are long over due for a tribute album.

MO: I haven't thought about it, but there is such a glut of tribute albums at this point, is there anybody who hasn't had one made yet?

10) What is the name of 5 bands you love but few people have heard of?

MO: I'm embarrassed to admit I'm out of touch with that.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kasey Anderson and The Honkies - Heart of a Dog



















Kasey Anderson and The Honkies
Heart of a Dog

Red River Records

Kasey Anderson, better known for his soft spoken songwriting is getting a little loud and ruckus on his latest effort. Teamed with his band The Honkies that brings a rich full sound to Anderson's signature storyteller lyrics; Heart of a Dog is ripe with a meaty blues-guitar salvation and a rhythm section that has the swagger and precision of a shot of good bourbon.
From the Rollingstone's Blues of "Mercy" to the echos of electrified Dylon in the opening growl of "The Wrong Light" this CD presents one amazing song after another. Easily each track could stand alone but tied together they make an awesomely tight album that propels the listener on a wonderful musical journey. Comparable to Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, their is a consistent narrative to this CD that tells a story the audience can't help but to become emotionally invested.
This album documents an evolution in the creative lifespan of Anderson's music. Taking his already powerful lyrical stories and supercharging them with the power and speed of a top notch rock outfit. In addition to Andrew McKeags boisterous guitar, the powerful drum beat of Julian MacDonough and the luscious groove of Sean Cornin's bass, this album is populated with a long list of additional musicians who lent their expertise to this recording. A perfect example is the use of David Lipkind's harp on the track "Kasey Andersons' Dream" that takes an already great song and makes it awesome. With talent like this just waiting in the wings, it's no wonder this album sounds so good; as though a group of long time friends and musical collaborators sat down in the studio one afternoon and played the hell out of these songs with the same effortlessness of smoking a cigarette.
You can tell a lot about an album by who you'd recommend it to and Heart of a Dog is a one I'd give my good friend Eric. We use to tend bar together at a little place called the Driftwood Room. He loved the Stones, the New York Time's Crossword puzzle and taught me as much about life as he did about being a great bartender. I cherish the memories of closing down the bar and talking late into early morning over St. Pauli Girl and cigarettes. He has a great taste in music and I know he would love this amazing album as much as I.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Dex Ronweber Duo "Jungle Drums" &The Love Me Nots "Do What You Do"

Sometimes there's nothing better than the crunchy sweet sound of garage rock. So this weeks Double Feature serves the dirty guitar growl and and hard hitting rhythm that makes this music so additively fun.

Enjoy.

Dex Ronweber Duo - "Jungle Drums"


The Dex Ronweber Duo is currently touring in support of their new album Is that you in the Blue? on the Bloodshot Records. This coming Monday the 15th they'll be playing at the World Famous Kenton Club here in Portland. For a preview of the show, check out the latest Triple Crown.

The Love Me Nots - "Do What You Do"



2010 was a hard year for this lusciously exuberant four piece out of Arizona, but The Love Me Nots aren't a band that you can keep down. With the new year came the fresh studio album The Demon and the Devotee and a return to the stage both here in the states and in Europe. I'm looking forward to catch them next time they're in town and I hope you'll all join me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Triple Crown: 08/02 - 08/15

This Triple Crown highlights some of the lesser know music clubs in town and is quite easy on the wallet. Ringing in at $16 for all three show, there is surely enough left over for a few drinks, a nice tip for your server/bartender and something from the merch-booth. So grab your stuff, because there's two show right off the bat.


Friday, August 5th
Western Aerial
Cellar Door
The Whiskey Bar
31 NW 1st Ave
Show: 9PM
Cover:$5
21 & Over

Portland's premier rock band Western Aerial will be tearing at the walls of the Whiskey Bar this coming Friday. Geoff and the boys are sure to be at the top of their game, dishing out their hard hitting rock'n'roll with vicious guitar licks, ground shaking drums and a bass groove that makes all the ladies crazy. Fresh from the studio with a few new songs from their forthcoming album and a few new covers for summer this show should be a hell of a good time. If you don't know Western Aerial from their awesome live show or their addition to Blazer games than you need to put down the remote and make it out to catch one of the hardest rock 'n' roll bands this side of the Rockies.
Joining them on stage is the divers rock of Portland's own Cellar Door. Ripe with a stew of musical elements from grunge cadence, metal accents and a bass swagger that flirts with full fledged funk this band has a sound that has something for everyone. So order a round of bourbon and let the rock 'n' roll take control. Just in case, make sure you have your passport, a pair of clean underwear, and three felt tip pens, because you never know what might happen.


Saturday, August 6th
Sunbeam
On the Stairs/Pine Language
Laurel Thirst Public House
2958 NE Glisan
Show:9:30PM
Cover: $6
21 & Over

A warm night kissed by the slightest of breezes is the perfect setting to hear the sweet sound of Portland's Sunbeam. Richly beautiful, this is the soundtrack of late summer romances and painfully honest confessions. Built with wonderfully calculated instrumentation and populated with lyrics that are both tinder and raw this band has developed songs that are truly lovely things. Come this Saturday night, what few already knew will now be shared with the world as they celebrate the release of their debut album Sunbeam and the Lonely Ghost. The intimate settings of the Laural Thirst Public House is a perfect location for such an occasion; the raw timbered walls providing a wonderful conduit for the organic resonance of their folk pop.
Joining the celebration is the dreamy spoken word melodies of On the Stairs and the bold atmospheric alt-rock of Pine Language making for an awesome night of music. So take this chance to sit back, order a few pints of beer and enjoy this night of terrific music. At $6 you'd be hard press to find anything as cheap and entertaining on a Saturday evening.



Monday, August 15th

The Dex Romweber Duo
Thee Headliners
The World Famous Kenton Club
2025 N Kilpatrick St
Show: 9PM
Cover: $5
21 & Over

Like a Jack Kerovac novel, the music of the Dex Ronweber Duo uniquely mixes the swinging vibe of a cocktail lounge and the feel of headlights cutting through the night on a long stretch of Route 66. A time machine of sorts, these tunes have the feel of a now gone era. Even so, they are alive with a vibrant energy that pulses from their own originality rather than merely existing like dusted off covers of by gone classics. Dex channels the likes of Johny Cash, Hank Sr. and Charlie Pride all while translating it through the filter of his own personality and beat up guitar. Meanwhile his sister Sara bangs away on the drums and belts out lyrics like a Patsy Cline/Dusty Springfield cat-fight. Praised by the likes of indi-rock ideal Jack White, this band is a must see and what an opportunity we have. Tucked away in the intimate atmosphere of the World famous Kenton Club, with only a $5 cover at the door, it should be illegal to miss this show.
Opening the night is Portland's own Thee Headliners with their boldly brash style of garage rock madness. Blurring the lines between power and grace this three piece is true force to be respected. So stuff a Lincoln in your billfold and hope that the next day at work isn't too harsh.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: The Ettes: Crown of Age & No Home

To mark the release on The Ettes' 4th full-lengthed album Wicked Will, this Tuesday Double Feature highlights two video by this amazing threesome. Transplated in Nashville by way of LA this band is know for their powerfull energetic music and wall shaking live show. With the release of Wicked Will we should be treated to healthy dose of both. So enjoy and don't forget to pick up a copy of the album.

The Ettes - Crown of Age







The Ettes - No Home






The Ettes will be playing at The Doug Fir here in our fair city of Portland Oregon on August 21st. So make sure you get your tickets early.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

10 Questions: Roger Clyne of Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers


1) What excites you most about your new album Unida Cantina?

RC: To continue to produce art. I'm a lucky man. I've chosen an artistic path of a very independent rock 'n' roll band. In a very competitive environment, the world as it is, there is so much entertainment, so much stuff for people to pay attention too. It's great to create art that's so well received. It's 2 things really. One: To continue to be able to have the liberty to create. Two: To have it so well received by our fan base is great.

2) This is the first album to incorporate your new lead guitarist Jim Dalton. How did this effect the dynamic of the album?

RC: It was a big change to go from our last guitarist to working with Jim. It's part of the reason that we took so long, 3 years between the studio albums of Turbo 8 and Unida Cantina. There is a certain telepathy that I think has to happen in the band; like forming a new team. You just have to play together long enough to know what each person's strength is and how those strengths can help you with your own weaknesses. We did two years of gigging out to learn with Jim and during those years we wrote a lot. I actually feel comfortable enough to co-write with Jim more than I ever have with any other guitarist. When we finally got into the studio and started working on pre-production we knew it was time. We knew that these songs, these sketches, were ready to work with because we had taken so long to make sure our chemistry was right.
I guess that's the long answer. The short answer is that it's been an absolute delight, and it invigorated me as a writer to work with Jim Dalton.

3) For Close to a decade now, we have heard your music grow in maturity, especially in your lyrics. Has this reflected your personal growth? In this journey how has time effected how you look at the world and the way you look at the music you've made?

RC: I have always thought that the reason we're able to continue to be viable and successful as artists is because we've been honest. We've never followed the cash or chased the charts. We always wanted to make art that's close to the heart. I write songs that I don't even consider sharing with an audience. They're an expression of myself first and then I do my best to have the courage to unabashedly share that.
I guess if you're looking at the progression from Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy, with songs like "Mexico" and "Don't Want to Know" all the way through songs like "Small World" and "Just Got High" on Unida Cantina. I look at myself as a man who is hopefully maturing. I've had to, as I've grown older and have had the privilege to experience more years. I have had more responsibilities offered to me. These opportunities raised to become a man presented to me. Not only am I a lead singer, a musician, and a working poet. I'm also a small business man, a husband and a father. I think all of those responsibilities, all the hope I'm be able to derive from those responsibility is reflected somehow in the songs. As long as I get to stay here on earth, I want to continue the chance to explore my potential through this artistic journey I've decided to take.

4) I recently spoke to an artist who said the older he gets the harder songwriting becomes. D you find this to be true for your self? Why do you think this is and how do you over come it?

RC: I think that's absolutely true. If I was a painter and was handed a pallet, anything I do in the beginning is new, original and novel. After awhile though, once you establish an identity and your own personal distinct picture; the trick is how to not become derivative of yourself. It's a challenge at that point to break new ground beyond what you're comfortable with. As a songwriter I think it's very true that it's more difficult the more I produce. I don't think necessarily that it the older I get, It's the more that I produce. I have written over a hundred songs on 13 albums in my career. I find now that it's difficult if not challenging not to call back an old habit. Like using a 1-4-5 progression with a Minor 6th to break it up. In fact I've done that many, many times so what do I do next? And also, if I want to create a love song in what context can I do it? How can I make it fresh for myself? How can I make it interesting enough so it just doesn't blend in with the rest of the stuff, not only from my own catalog but other people's as well? If I want to write a protest song or an ode to or any celebratory song, it's all the same chance. How do I make another one that's not just like one I made before? Now if I were a baker and I found the perfect cookie. I would keep baking that cookie. But I'm not I'm an artist. I'm a songwriter. And it's the nature of art to evolve and change, to be a vessel for human expression with out becoming common. It is more difficult, more challenging and as for time commitment, you put more time in, to get less.

5) You have found more success as an independent artist than your short stint on a major label. What is the secret to your success?

RC: It really depends on how you define success. I agree with the deposit in your question. Yeah I have found more success because I have been able to continue to do what I love to do with people I respect and enjoy for a long career stent. I don't think that the Peacemakers are as famous as the refreshments once were or perhaps even are now. But that's not the goal. The goal is to have a career that we're all happy with. One that has an integrity of it's own, so when the lights finally go out we can look back and say we ran a good show. The Secret, I don't really think is a secret. It's to make art from your heart. That's one. Two: Be grateful for the people who want to hear it. I know a lot of artists who are less than willing to speak to their audience than in any other way than through their music. I guess that I can sort of understand that but at the end of the day we are all humans. So if someone wants to meet you outside the bus and get an autograph on their poster or whatever, I think we should all stand and be out there. I think being as human and available as I can be as a civilian is important. The most important thing is to be honest and to share yourself. Be honest and grateful and you got a game.

6) In your arsenal of instruments do you have a favorite guitar? What brand is it? Have you given it a name and what's the story behind it?

RC: Yeah, I have my stand by which is a 1999 American made Fender Telecaster. It has an ash body and a maple neck and its supper simple. I'm very hard on my instruments. I'm a pretty physical player. They get pretty dirty and beat up really fast. I strum really hard and I play very thick strings: 13 to 56 gauge strings which is tough on wood. It's hard for my guitars to have much longevity, because they just get so stressed they fail. She doesn't have a name but she has a gender for sure. She's my stand by and when ever I reach for her she's my #1. She being first in the quiver I guess she never had a name but #1.
I have several other guitars that I've come to count on and they do have names. I recently sold one. It was my first custom shop guitar, which was also a Fender Telecaster. It was silver. Silver sparkle. Beautiful, beautiful piece that I sold because I wasn't using it and I couldn't bare to see it just gather dust. I feel they (guitars) are like horses or a boat and they need to be doing what they're made to do, so I ended up selling her. But her name was The Trout because of the silver.
I got another one right now that's La Rubia which is The Blonde. I do name them and usually the names get spray painted on the cases. It's fun to name your guitars like you name a boat or a horse.

7) Circus Mexicus, your yearly festival of all things Peacemakers in Rock Point Mexico celebrates its 20th addition this year. You've stated that this should be the biggest and best fiesta yet. What pleasant surprises did fans find that migrating south of the Border?

RC: We hoped that it would be the biggest and the best but you never know. It seems that every year about the time we announce our show the state department issues its travel advisory report. So people get a little fearful. We've had to worry about hurricanes and passport restrictions and such in the past. Really, instead of pleasant surprises, we focused on what's consistent and what's become a tradition. That being, what happens before and after our rock 'n' roll show; one great Friday night event and one great Sunday night event that bookend the Saturday concert.
We didn't throw ourselves any curve balls this time and try to bite off anything marvel. Sometimes the band will dress up as a theme. We've done an aquatic theme and full mariachi garb before. We just determined that we have about a hundred songs that we would like to share with the fans and if we're lucky we can get in about forty-five in four hours. We just stood and delivered to the finest rock 'n' roll audience on the planet and gave them the finest rock 'n' roll show we could play. At the modest ticket price of $30 bucks gave you, essentially, access to great events throughout the weekend. There was the Friday night barbecue at JJ's Cantina that benefited Esperanza Para Los Ninos Orphanage. There was a jam there all Friday night. Sunday we had Mananathon again at JJ's.
One thing different we had this year. We've had a lot of guests over the past 20 shows that we've done and we essentially invited everyone up and tried to get them all up on stage to jam. We wanted to do this as a way to say thanks and celebrate that we've all created this thing together.

8) If Circus Mexicus is too much for some of your fans, and they decide to extend their stay or make the migration permanent. Play tour guide: Where should they stay? Where should they eat? What fun things are there to see and do in the area? Feel free to to drop names if you like.

RC: I definitely think that if they're going to become ex-patriots, they should set up shop in Cholla Bay which is a little peninsula that's surrounded by the Sea of Cortez. It has great people in it and is a good mix of locals and gringos. It just has a great atmosphere. You can launch your boat from there in a very, very unique way. There's this thing which is essentially a auto skeleton on stilts which drags boats on trailers out into the sea and lets them go. It's really kind of a strange poetry to watch.
You have to have a margarita at JJ's, hopefully a Mexican Moonshine Margarita.
You must have a taco next door at my favorite authentic little taco stand called Mr. Fish Taco. It's a real family owned, small thing. I can never predict when they're going to be open, but they got great fish tacos and definitely ask them for their Chilli Chino, which is a special jalapeno preparation that they do.
Watch the sunset for sure, from Cholla Bay. When you go into Rock Point proper(your about six miles away) be sure to stop at Wreck at the Reef, which is a little Catina on the sea side of the town. In their outdoor seating find yourself some shade, have a drink and watch the tide come in and out. Then I'd go to the malicon which is the tourist heart of the area where you can get any souvenir that you wish and there's also very good dining there right now. From the little taco stand to the fine dining restaurant, pretty much any of them are great.
As for things to do: I'm a diver, a snorkeler, and there's really good diving out of Pinto Point which is between Cholla Bay and Rocky Point. There's very good fishing. I recommend catch and release because there is a lot of pressure on the local fish population. Most of the fishermen I know have shifted over from just plain catch to catch and release.
You can do all that crazy airborne stuff. I'm not a fan of that kind of altitude, but you can charter a glider or a para-sail. There's all kinds of Acapulco-esc versions of entertainment should you decide to indulge. For me, it's not about doing much it's about doing little. So I enjoy long slow meandering conversations and a few drinks during the day. Watching the sun go down. Maybe getting a siesta and eating some good Mexican food. That's my idea of heaven.

9) You and the band do a lot of work in the area of community involvement. From PH's Hotdog and a smile, being members of 1% for the planet and Sombrero Solution to name a few. What future influences would you like to have on your fans through your community work and music?*

RC: You are right we are very involved and for me it is personally gratifying to create cohesion in community. I think what is most important, is that if the music has any resonance or effect, I hope it's one that fosters kindness and compassion for our fellow man and woman. And no matter how you express it, that you do express it. It doesn't matter, if you want to help with a volunteer fire brigade or do a local or national toy drive. The specifics especially don't matter, but what I think is important, is that if our music has a community building aspects to it, that people incorporate that into their daily lives. Who knows, it might be picking up a piece of trash on your neighbors lawn. Small acts done by individuals, when you put them together in a community they make a difference and I think that's something planet earth needs very much right now.

10) What is the name of 5 Bands you love but few people have heard of?

RC:
Devotchka

The Hold Steady

Six String Drag

The Proud Flesh

Pavement


*Thanks supper fan Shelly Clark for the question.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons "Trouble with the Devil" & American Pinup "Strange Creatuers"

I don't know what it is about pompadours and rockabilly girls but ever since I heard the deep twang of my first Gretsch guitar, this little boy from the suburbs has wanted to grow some gnarly chops and rebuild classic cars for a living. Instead I work a 9 to 5 job and drive a 2007 Toyota Corolla but at least I have the the music and like these, the occasional video to keep that dream a live. Who knows, maybe at 65 I'll grow those chops and start my own punk rock'a'billy band.

So if you have a inner rockabilly child too sit back and enjoy this weeks Double Feature and if you need a little more to tide you over check out Blank TV. They have a ton of videos to check out.

Pussycat and the Dirty Johnsons - "Trouble with the Devil"

A terrific video from a great band out of the UK.



This femme fronted punk'a'billy band out of the UK have an awesome sound and a mesmerizing look. I hope they can gain the needed momentum to make it across the pond and bless our shores with their presence.

American Pinup - "Strange Creatures"



Who gives a damn about Jersey Shore this is what they should be showing on MTV. This East coast band, formally named Big Sister, has gained some speed this last year. Though they haven't quiet made it all the way up to the Northwest, when they do, they can be assured that they will find places to play and an eager crowd to listen. Make sure to check out their debut album Strange Creatures on Altercation Records.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: Katie Herzig "Hey Na Na" & Ingrid Michaelson "Parachute"

I've always had a soft spot of female songwriters. So this week's Double Feature showcases two amazingly talented women who are making great music and earning a name for themselves.

Kate Herzig - "Hey Na Na"

Beautifully fun and off the wall, it describes the video as well as her music.



A wonderful singer songwriter Katie Herzig has toured with Brandi Carlile and her music has been tagged for used in several TV Shows and movies. Her latest album The Waking Sleep is scheduled to be out September and is on my list(as well as my wife and 10 year old daughter's)of most anticipated CD's of summer.

Ingrid Michaelson
- "Parachute"

The original video for the single Parachute, except no other.



In 2006 Ingrid Michaelson's song "Breakable" was used in an episode of Grey's Anatomy and ever since her career has sky rocketed and there's no looking back. Working on the final touches to her latest album. I, like so many others,am hoping that it will be ready to release sometime this fall and if "Parachute" is any indication, than we have great things in store.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tuesday Double Feature: The Hangmen "Wild Beast" & Dragbeat "Pure Dirt"

This week's Double Feature spotlights the great work of Acetate Records out of LA. This label has some of the hardest working rock bands in it's roster, including the The Hangmen, Throw Rag, Dirty Sweet, Jackson United, and tons of others who are making some of the best rock'n'roll around. So sit back and enjoy these flixs. When your done, get off you butts and visit their online store to pickup some awesome music and support this wonderful label.


LinkThe Hangmen-"Wild Beast"
Link

Just Pure Rock 'N' Roll!



The Hangmen are the the band that all the rockers love. Their latest CD: Lost Rock -Best Of The Hangmen, holds 18 amazing tracks including three originally unreleased as well as testimonials from Mike Ness(Social Distortion), Eddie Spaghetti(Supersuckers) and many more.
"Lost Rock" made my short list of most anticipated releases of the summer and having just come out yesterday makes it easy for you to be the first to have this musical gem before everyone else.

Dragbeat -"Pure Dirt"

A sexy number from this femme-fronted powerhouse of the past.



Unfortunately Dragbeat is no more but they left behind a great album in Pure Dirt. It was the first CD I bought from Acetate Records and would suggest it to everyone. You can pick it up yourself for just $8 at in their online store, so what are you waiting for.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Triple Crown: 07/12 - 07/25

This triple crown switches it up with a little cinema mixed in with some great music, cause variety is the key to life and a triple crown would be boring without it.


Thursday, July 14th
Alabama Black Snake
Heaven Generation/Red Ships of Spain/Monster Sized Monsters/The Cover Girls
Ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash St
Doors:8P/Show:9:15PM
Cover:$5
21 & Over

The gritty rock of Alabama Black Snake headlines this awesome showcase of local Portland bands. Darkly meaty with metal guitars and abusive rhythm that punches with the force of a prize fighter, Greg T and his fellow outlaws play the sleazy back ally rock'n'roll indicative of dive bars and false neon promises. Just the tip of the of the iceberg, this night is filled with so much music there's no way you can keep yourself away. Filling out the rest of the line up is the atmospheric blues rock of Heaven Generation, the raw bare bones punk of Red Ships Of Spain and Monster Sized Monsters and the unique audio stylings of The Cover Girls. At a dollar a band this is the best deal for live music to come around in some time. So make sure you garb a friend or two and make it down for a night of great Portland talent.


Friday, July 15th
"The Wanteds" Movie
West Coast, Portland Premier/ After Party

Whitsell Auditorium-Portland Art Museum/Tiger Bar
1219 SW Park Ave/ 317 NW Broadway
Movie:7PM/Music:10:30PM
Movie:$10/After party:$4
Mature Audiences/21 & Over

Friday night marks the west coast premier of the award winning documentary The Wanteds. Directed by local rock goddess Stephanie Smith of Kleveland, this film set out to capture the trials and triumphs of Tommy Harrington as he transversed the country side on his one man tour. What emerged was an emotionally compelling and tragically honest profile of what it takes to go after a dream and the lasting effect of abuse on those who survive it. This is an amazing movie and a must see for any one that loves rock 'n' roll and films.
Directly following the screening will be an after party at the Tiger Bar with a special performance by Tommy Harrington. Harrington will be playing songs form the era of the film. Both events are musts and at $14 dollars total this is an outstanding night of entertainment that will be easy on the wallet.

Sunday, July 24th
Redwood Son
Glassbones/Chris Marshall/
Gabby Holt
Lola's Room
1332 W. Burnside
Doors:8PM/Show:9PM
Adv.:$8/Day Of:$8
21 & Over

Jack Johnson might have his Hawaiian surfer folk but Redwood Son has his Northwest Americana. A lyrically rich folk pop that captures the plush green and earthy smell of the rain kissed Northwest. Beautifully honest and playfully direct this is music that makes you feel good like the smell of a quick rain evaporating off sun warmed pavement. Joining him on stage for this show at Lola's Room is the earthy rock of Glassbones and the songwriting talent of Chris Marshall and Gabby Holt that has just a touch of country.
This show will make you feel like summer even if the waether won't. So throw caution to the wind and fight the Sunday-Nighters with some great music and a beer or two.