Tartufi at The Armoury

Upon entering the Armoury, I felt I was in the wrong place for a show featuring San Francisco's Tartufi and locals School Knights. It turns out the new venue doubles as a football (soccer) themed bar and was packed for the Mexico vs USA match. As the match wrapped up, the bands immediately began to load in. Tartufi was up first and began to piece together their elaborate setup. Having seen the band previously, I was ...

10 Apr 5:55 PM 0 Read More...

The Delfonics - "Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics"

Don’t let the name of this album confuse you. This is a William Hart solo album, with Adrian Younge producing, playing the instruments, and co-writing the songs. Well, maybe it’s better framed as an Adrian Younge solo album with William Hart singing and writing most of the lyrics. Whatever the case, it’s definitely not a Delfonics album. William Hart was the founding member of the Delfonics, a group whose r...

09 Apr 7:46 PM 0 Read More...

Interview: Zac Pennington of Parenthetical Girls

Last Tuesday night I went to my first Hi-Dive concert and had the pleasure of seeing Parenthetical Girls. Before the show I interviewed the lead singer, Zac Pennington. I told him that the rainy weather outside felt oddly fitting for a band like his and he said it felt just like their hometown, Portland, Oregon. It was an intimate show and Zac wasn’t afraid to step down from the stage and dance with the audience an...

09 Apr 7:28 PM 0 Read More...

Farmington Hill - "Bridge to Nowhere"

People love Americana right now. Most of the bands putting out various strains of Americana throw back to some past era, barely changing the sounds that inspired them, updated only with higher production quality. Many now wear black suspenders. Many wear bowler hats. And really, most of it is starting to sound the same. It’s not offensively bad, but it’s just not that good. Farmington Hill is a country rock ba...

05 Apr 9:53 PM 0 Read More...

The Dandy Warhols on the Streets of Portland

It always amazes me how influential a city can be on its music scene. I spent last week in Portland, home to one of my favorite bands, The Dandy Warhols. As I walked around the city, it became clear how the vibe and culture could have contributed to their unique spin on (for the lack of a better term) psychedelic rock. The number 13 is turning out to be something of a special number for the band. 2013 marks the th...

04 Apr 8:14 PM 0 Read More...