All in-store performances at
32nd & E Burnside, 503-231-8926.
w/ Live Performance From Jordan NortonFriday, January 22nd at 6:30PM
Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part "music criticism," the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers ... especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.
Celebrating ten years in 2015, Rosenthal's San Francisco-based independent record label Tompkins Square has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.
Jordan Norton creates beautiful and technically astounding music seemingly without effort. Be it a banjo, slide, guitar, or even no instrument as demonstrated recently at Interzone wherein he made a noise symphony only using a pedalboard; Norton is one of those purely musical creatures that are rare in the species.
Saturday, January 23rd at 3PM
Gifted with a gritty and genuine voice that at once feels familiar to fans of rock and country music, Idaho-born songwriter, singer, and guitarist Jeff Crosby (perhaps best known as a guitarist with Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons) has been writing songs, grinding out shows, and sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the United States and beyond for the better part of the past 10 years. Alongside him now to form "The Refugees", brother Andy Crosby, & Will Prescott have created a force of honest, provocative rock and roll that is quickly gathering both a fervent fan base and critical acclaim wherever they go.
Crosby now adds another notch to his musical belt with Waking Days. The 10 song LP was recorded in Los Angeles at Bedrock Studios and in Nashville and was produced by John Gilbertson and engineered in Nashville by Rob Matson. Waking Days blends the sounds of Americana; folk, and 70's inspired psychedelic rock. "I'm in a much different head space musically since the last record," said Crosby, "This record has more soundscapes and has stretched out the atmospheric tones that are floating around the songs."
Monday, January 25th at 6:30PM
Grizfolk, an alternative rock quintet, has been catapulted into the spotlight by a distinctive sound that forges sharp, raw vocals with edgy electronic textures and heavy guitar and drums. KCRW's Jason Bentley championed Grizfolk as one of his favorite new bands inviting them to appear on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic", Spotify put them on its list of Artists to Watch for 2014, and alt-rock chart-topper Bastille handpicked Grizfolk to open on its fall 2014 arena tour. "The Struggle," from Grizfolk's 2014 EP From The Spark (Virgin Records), introduced the band at radio stations across the country early in 2014, and is followed by the driving pulse of the band's first modern rock single "Hymnals." Remix veteran RAC also released his version of "The Struggle," which quickly climbed to #1 on Hype Machine.
Formed in Los Angeles, the members of Grizfolk come from two different continents and vastly disparate musical backgrounds. Indie rock singer Adam Roth left the small Florida town he grew up in and headed west about the same time that Swedish producers Fredrik Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze decided to trade the snowdrifts of Stockholm for the palm trees of Southern California. After marrying the effortless range of Adam's heartfelt vocals with Fredrik's piercing guitar and the harmonizing keys of Sebastian, Grizfolk expanded to include the similarly alt-rock-minded Bill Delia and Brendan James. The band has been winning acclaim for its electrifying performances and striking songs ever since.
Featuring Paul Chasman,
Andy Anderson & Jack McMahon
Monday, February 1st at 7PM
Paul Chasman's musical career has spanned over 45 years during which time he has been a guitarist, composer, teacher, recording artist, guitar harmonics innovator, and one of the founding members of the Acoustic Guitar Summit. Guitar Player Magazine described his music as: "A fine example of a guitarist's devotion to the full exploration of his instrument's capabilities." Three years ago he was reincarnated as a singer/songwriter and is currently having much more fun than he ever had as an instrumental guitarist.
Like any good Southerner (or any Southerner worth their salt), Andy Anderson loves a good story. Listening to them or telling them. "The magic's in the discovery....sometimes sunny and honey...and sometimes bitter and gray. Sometimes they're the same side of a flipped coin. Heads and tails."
Jack McMahon has been a performing singer-songwriter for all of his adult life. From his teenage days with New Jersey band "The Nightwatch," and his early stints as a solo artist in and around NYC?s Greenwich Village and Upper Eastside clubs, Jack has always given the music priority over antics and image. His colorful voice brought him to the attention of Brill Building songwriters, for whom he worked as a demo singer, and Columbia Records, for whom he cut some of his own songs. When a proposed Columbia album deal didn't materialize, Jack headed West and eventually landed in Portland, where he quickly became a regular on the local music scene fronting "Tracks," "The Chameleons," "The Jack McMahon Band," and working as a solo act. With four albums to his credit, McMahon?s latest offering "Day For Night" features his skills as a seasoned songwriter, and exceptional singer/guitarist.
: Danny Newcomb & The SugarmakersFeb 13th
: Jack MortensenFeb 28th
: Virtual Zero