PREVIEW: JOYWAVE at THE BASEMENT EAST on 2/28/18

“I love experiencing Nashville, it has great coffee and great food. But playing there is a whole different thing,” levels Daniel Armbruster, frontman of Rochester, New York’s own electro-rock outfit Joywave. The band is on the second leg of their tour in support of their latest release, Content, which brings them to The Basement East…

PREMIERE: “TALKIN’ LEVITICUS BLUES” by JOHN CRAIGIE

Portland-based travelin’ troubadour John Craigie, with his flair for storytelling, Mitch Hedberg-esque observational humor, and folksy delivery, delights and dazzles crowds wherever he lands. Today, Craigie unleashes his latest song, “Talkin’ Leviticus Blues,” his take on an equality issue ripped from the headlines. “This song was inspired by a conversation with someone about the Bible…

PREVIEW: BRETT DENNEN at CITY WINERY on 2/27/18

“I’m trying something new this time,” reveals folk-rock singer/songwriter Brett Dennen of his decision to release two EPs this year instead of abiding by the industry’s one-album-every-two-years standard. “I’ve noticed, since my first record, it works for a while to out 10 or 12 or 14 songs every two or three years, and I’ll still…

ALBUM REVIEW: “YOU ARE HERE” by HIGH UP

Nostalgia in pop culture is at a current all-time high. Social division and unbridled technological advancement runs rampant, and has left many longing for something that feels familiar–for something safe, warm and comforting, something easily agreed upon and easily understood, a shared sense of time and place we can confide in to lift spirits as…

ZOE SKY JORDAN MADE US A PLAYLIST!

Los Angeles native, Toronto raised, Nashville transplant alt-pop artist Zoe Sky Jordan is an emerging artist telling women’s stories in an everyday way. “My music represents how many roles we play in adaptation as the world manicures us into strange, unnatural shapes,” she says. “We remain in our truest form though, as wild, independent, beautiful…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: BERMUDA TRIANGLE

December and January were quiet months, with time for family, reflection, and some much-needed rest. So, when I walked up to the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon Friday night for my first concert in a while, I was excited with the anticipation of seeing a unique performance. Bermuda Triangle, the brainchild of three close friends,…

ALBUM REVIEW: “UNCLE, DUKE & THE CHIEF” by BORN RUFFIANS

From beginning to end, there is something familiar—almost comfortingly so—about Uncle, Duke & the Chief, the latest offering from Toronto-based rockers Born Ruffians. The band may be returning to its original trio form for the first time since its 2015 album, Birthmarks, but there is no mistaking the Ruffians’ sound. Bursting with acoustic guitar riffs…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with BLITZEN TRAPPER

“I’ve been here so long, the weird stuff is normal,” laughs Eric Earley, frontman of Portland-based folk-rock outfit Blitzen Trapper, of his hometown. The band, which toured last year to support their latest album, Wild And Reckless, is gearing up to hit the road again with a show in San Jose, California on February 16th.…

PREVIEW: FRUITION at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 2/18/18

With Watching it All Fall Apart, their rocktastic new record which released February 2nd via LoHi Records, Portland-based outfit Fruition explode the confines of the rootsy box in which they’ve traditionally been placed. “We’ve always kind of been a rock band in a string band’s body,” explains vocalist Jay Cobb Anderson. “Since the band’s inception,…

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY!

  Will Varley – Spirit Of Minnie Today, UK-based folkster Will Varley released Spirit Of Minnie, his fifth studio album and first recorded with a backing band. Sweeping, yet subdued strings provide gauzy atmosphere around his delicate, acoustic finger-picking on some tracks, while others are fortified with keys, percussion, and yearning steel guitar. Whatever the…