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Deer Tick ~ Photo by Laura Partain

Deer Tick bring double dose of music to Wonder Ballroom this weekend

11/01/2017 | comments

Bands that fall in the spaces between musical genres have tremendous flexibility. Some get lost in that amount of creative freedom. Others, like Deer Tick, thrive. Simultaneously folksy, funky, soulful, ...

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William Bell  ~ Photo by Ginnette Callaway

Grammy winner William Bell visits Portland Wednesday as part of the Take Me to the River tour

10/17/2017 | comments

In his spoken intro to the song I Can't Turn You Loose, Elwood Blues of the Blues Brothers says, "By the year 2006 the music known today as the blues will exist only in the classical records department ...

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Find Yourself: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

10/11/2017 | comments

After cutting his musical chops the past ten years, Lukas Nelson may finally have broken through to the national stage in a major way. His latest album "Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real" is a great ...

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The Mavericks: Paul Deakin, Jerry Dale McFadden, Raul Malo, and Eddie Perez ~ Photo by David McClister

Mavericks relish a brand new day: Play Revolution Hall Thursday

10/11/2017 | comments

Being successful in music can have a certain Peter Pan quality: The temptation to never grow up is strong. "When you're at the top, the waters can get really muddy in terms of how you carry yourself and ...

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Annakim Violet published a series of posts on Instagram about her father Tom Petty that were heartbreaking.

Commentary: Yesterday sucked and today hurts

10/03/2017 | comments

I had been out Sunday evening and away from my messages. Taking a quick look at my phone before going to bed, I saw a push notification from the New York Times mentioning a shooting in Las Vegas. My first ...

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Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats ~ Photo by Scott Cunningham

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats at Pioneer Square

10/02/2017 | comments

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats cruised through Portland on Saturday evening with a solid show at the Widmer Brothers' Oktoberfest Saturday at Pioneer Square. Quite honestly, I'm not sure how ...

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Sarah Shook & the Disarmers ~ Photo by poprockphotography

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers at Mississippi Studios Thursday

09/26/2017 | comments

North Carolina based Sarah Shook swings through town this week with a stop at Mississippi Studios on Thursday night. "Sidelong", her latest release, dropped back in April and is a raucous trip featuring ...

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit // Photo by Danny Clinch

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit appear at Keller Auditorium next Monday

09/05/2017 | comments

Life is full of irony and the latest musical version of this observation comes from the Country Music Association. Over the weekend, Jason Isbell's latest release, "The Nashville Sound", was announced ...

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Rich Layton

Rich Layton: Coffeeshop Conversations #115

08/31/2017 | comments

We are where we usually are this week, World Cup Coffee & Tea at NW 18th and Glisan in Portland, but we've changed it up a bit. I'm sitting in for Tom D'Antoni, hosting our Coffeeshop Conversation ...

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Rebecca Correia: Solid Ground

08/23/2017 | comments

Rebecca Correia's latest single dropped today alongside a moving video featuring dancer Adrianne Haslet, who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. The song was produced by Keb' Mo' and is being released ...

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Pokey LaFarge at the Wonder Ballroom Tuesday

08/19/2017 | comments

Evidently, time is flying by because when I started to think about writing down some thoughts about Pokey LaFarge I was kind of surprised to (re)discover that since his debut in 2006 he has put out seven ...

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Ray Wylie Hubbard would like the devil to know he's on his way

08/18/2017 | comments

Robert Johnson, as legend tells it, sold his soul to the devil in exchange for being able to properly play his guitar. One could be forgiven for beginning to think Ray Wylie Hubbard has made a similar ...

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Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue at Edgefield this Saturday

08/16/2017 | comments

Saturday evening at Edgefield is lined up for an epic night of music as Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue come through Portland with St. Paul & The Broken Broken Bones providing support. In April, ...

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Karina Rykman

Karina Rykman: Loving life on the bottom end

08/09/2017 | comments

Describing the speed of life in New York City to someone who has never spent time there is pretty difficult. Imagine people constantly being hyped up on triple espressos, walking faster than the traffic ...

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John Moreland ~ Photo by Matt White

John Moreland brings his Big Bad Luv to the Aladdin on Thursday

08/07/2017 | comments

John Moreland is out with a new album titled "Big Bad Luv" and swings through Portland this Thursday with a date at the Aladdin Theater. In a preview like this, I'd normally focus on the new music and ...

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Naomi Wachira

Walters Cultural Arts Center 2017-18 concert lineup announced

08/04/2017 | comments

The Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro announced their 2017-18 concert series this morning. Tickets for all events are now on sale. Seattle folk artist Naomi Wachira kicks off the season on September ...

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James McMurtry in Bend on Thursday

07/31/2017 | comments

James McMurtry is on the road during August with a handful of dates this side of the Rocky Mountains. On Thursday, he makes his only Oregon stop with a date at the Domino Room in Bend. In the vast landscape ...

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Blackberry Smoke ~ Photo by Rob Blackman

Blackberry Smoke hits the Roseland Theater on Wednesday

07/30/2017 | comments

Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke cruise into Portland Wednesday night for a date at the Roseland Theater in what is sure to be one of the better rockin' and partyin' nights of the summer. Lynyrd Skynyrd ...

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Offa Rex at the Aladdin Theater on Sunday evening

Offa Rex at the Aladdin Theater

07/26/2017 | comments

Offa Rex, the new collaboration between Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists, played the Aladdin Theater in Portland Sunday evening in their first live gig following the release of their first album "Queen ...

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Dr. Hook: Smooth rock flashback

07/25/2017 | comments

In the process of tidying up my digital music library, I came across a greatest hits compilation from Dr. Hook. Their smooth rock sounds from the 70's launched them to international stardom, bankruptcy, ...

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