VIDEO PREMIERE: “NEVER KNOW” by ERISY WATT

It’s been said that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but as we all know, life’s paths are never so direct. “I started writing our single ‘Never Know’ in college, but then I put it down for a while. One of my songwriter friends told me that if you can’t finish…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: CALEXICO

It’s a family thing y’all–that was the takeaway message from Calexico’s recent performance at Portland’s Revolution Hall. The show was sold out, a formula for some high-level energy. And as Calexico, on tour supporting their latest (and ninth) studio record, played their hearts out, they delivered in spades. Their eclectic style of American pop, mariachi,…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: FRUITION

Frequently I try to use million-dollar words to bring the concert experience to life. However, this time I’m going to keep it simple—Fruition’s recent concert at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley Music Club was downright fun. Please don’t get me wrong, the band brought plenty of musical fire and lyrical flare, but blended in a dose…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

It’s no secret that They Might Be Giants put on an unparalleled performance–rowdy, ravenous and raucous fans packed the Crystal Ballroom to see their beloved band whose songs are so deeply embedded into their psyche it was hard to tell where the band started and fans ended. Established in 1982, TMBG, as they are affectionately known,…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: LUCY ROSE

If you want to melt into your seat at a concert, Lucy Rose can make that happen. The British singer/songwriter slid on stage and right into our collective heart at her recent show in Portland, wowing us with her beautiful vocals. Her partly acoustic set showcased her hauntingly sweet lyrics and her strength as a songwriter, taking us on…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: CANDACE in PORTLAND!

When the bond of bandmates is strong, a crowd can feel it–the synchronicity, the flow, and the seamless harmonies. Such was the case with Candace, the new-wave rock trio that currently calls Portland, Oregon their home.  Relocations and lineup shifts have made the journey a long one for the group. They’ve been through a lot…

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,…

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,…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: THE LUMINEERS in PORTLAND!

When you finally get a chance to see a group you’ve liked for years perform live for the first time, the excitement and anticipation is next level.  You spend more time getting ready.  You rush your friends out the door so you’re sure to get a good vantage point. You’re amped the minute you walk…

LIVE SHOW REVIEW: HAMILTON LEITHAUSER in PORTLAND!

Hamilton Leithauser is a tall drink of water. I have never stared up in such awe at a performer that my neck hurt the next day, but his performance at the Wonder Ballroom left me with a crook in my neck and a smile in my heart.  He opened with the statement, “This is the…