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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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Wood & Wire // Photo by Nikki Gell

Wood & Wire bring their Austin influenced bluegrass to Portland

07/24/2017 | comments

Wood & Wire is probably best characterized as a bluegrass band, but their approach to their music adds a much broader perspective to the sound of this Austin based band. They appear at the White Eagle ...

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Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival

07/21/2017 | comments

The Grand Lodge Hotel, a McMenamins property, is hosting its inaugural Sundown Grand Ol' Country Festival through the weekend. Billed as classic country, honky tonk, Americana, and bluegrass the event ...

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Cover art from John Moreland s latest release  Big Bad Luv .

On the radar: 5 Portland gigs to watch for

07/19/2017 | comments

Just updated my calendar to map out some advance coverage of upcoming dates and thought I'd share five gigs that have my attention. These five acts range from bluegrass to Americana to straight-up funky ...

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Janiva Magness: Love Wins Again

07/17/2017 | comments

Last year Janiva Magness scored a Grammy nomination in the Best Comtemporary Blues Album category for her "Love Wins Again". Although she didn't bring home the gold, the album was probably the best work ...

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Yonder Mountain String Band

Northwest String Summit kicks off today in North Plains

07/13/2017 | comments

Today kicks off the 2017 Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains. The annual event features a wide variety of music including bluegrass, folk, Americana, soul, and Celtic. In addition ...

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Aimee Mann // Photo by Sheryl Nields

Aimee Mann appears at the Oregon Zoo in Portland on July 16

07/09/2017 | comments

Aimee Mann is out with a new album titled "Mental Illness". I've always loved her vocals and on this album she absolutely shines. Her angelic voice provides a stark contrast to the lyrics, which the New ...

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Joss Stone

2017 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival numbers are in

07/08/2017 | comments

The 30th Annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival has released the final numbers for this this year's fest benefitting the Oregon Food Book. In all, $1,269,226 will go to the food bank to support their ...

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