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Music Fest Northwest

Music Fest Northwest

How do you go about planning a 4-day post-summer music festival in the 2nd rainiest metropolitan area in the United States? Well, for starters, how about having it inside? Good idea. After Labor Day, everyone is back to school and/or work; are they supposed to ditch? How about starting the shows around 5:30pm? Cool. Music […]

I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s

I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s

Say what you like about James Brown, there’s no denying the man was a badass. With his rubbery legs and well-oiled pompadour, the Godfather of Soul dominated the stage in a way that few performers can. And the measure of his influence can be seen simply from the sheer number of trademark one-liners he left […]

Mojack – The Metal Years

Mojack – The Metal Years

Before the days of Ryan Adams, there was a fellow named Greg Ginn who wasn’t adverse to putting out a lot of things in a small period of time. Back in 1984, a time of turmoil when Reagan was getting re-elected, Bob Dylan was being religious, and my dutiful parents were conceiving me, Black Flag […]

Jambang – Connecting

Jambang – Connecting

NOTE: This review was written from the perspective of someone who breaks out into hives whenever he has to listen to “jam bands.” I will not pretend to be unbiased. Once upon a time, there was a fellow named Greg Ginn who revolutionized underground rock multiple times. First, he set trends with Black Flag, touring […]

Kristoffer Ragnstam – Wrong Side of the Room

Kristoffer Ragnstam – Wrong Side of the Room

If you love, just love great indie pop, you would more than likely love Sweden. Sweden boasts some of the greatest pop talent to ever emerge starting with ABBA. The Cardigans, Peter, Bjorn and John, Kent, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Wannadies (wrote “You and Me,” the annoyingly infectious pop song on the Romeo and […]

Jem – Down To Earth

Jem – Down To Earth

As a writer, I am fascinated by words, especially the way in which they can combine to create meaning. If these words and their combinations mean several things at once, that’s all the better. Such is the case on a number of occasions throughout Jem’s second album, Down To Earth. The title suggests pragmatism and […]

Bronx River Parkway – San Sebastian 152

Bronx River Parkway – San Sebastian 152

Truth and Soul records, a revivalist R&B label which shares ancestry with deep-funk royalty Daptone Records, has taken a turn for the Ry Cooder on its latest release, San Sebastian 152. For the uninitiated, back in 1997, Cooder flew to Cuba and reunited many of the finest (and most superannuated) stars of Cuban son music. […]

Gregory and the Hawk – Moenie and Kitchi

Gregory and the Hawk – Moenie and Kitchi

Yet another solid release from what’s quickly becoming one of my favorite imprints, Fat Cat Records. Kudos to them for having an uncanny knack for pulling out the best from their ever expanding roster which rolls both wide in styling and deep in talent. Fat Cat’s catalogue has a little something for everyone and Gregory […]

Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

Women have certainly held their share of musical movements. We’ve had riot grrrl, which mobilized female punk rockers. Then there was the whole girl power thing with Spice Girls, for better or worse. But Sarah McLachlan, who founded the touring Lilath Fair female music festival, hearkens back to a kinder, gentler, Joni Mitchell-esque musical time. […]

Melvins – Nude With Boots

Melvins – Nude With Boots

Like any method of categorization, the music genre is an inexact science. Even the broadest classifications found at your local Best Buy aren’t completely suitable. Is LCD Soundsystem electronica or rock? Is Rage Against The Machine heavy metal, punk, or hip-hop? Is Soulja Boy’s Tell ‘Em music at all? The genre is merely an attempt […]