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...

Wavves & FIDLAR at the Larimer Lounge

I approached the Wavves show at Larimer Lounge with only cursory knowledge of their music, and in today’s Pitchfork-fueled indie rock gossip mill, I actually knew more about Nathan Williams’ volatile on and off stage presence than about their discography. Wavves’ initial impact on the festival scene during summer 2009 placed him as a rebellious outlier marinated in the stylistic tropes of 90s fashion and music....

04 Apr 1:37 AM 0 Read More...

Bill Baird - "Spring Break of the Soul"

With school coming to a close and summer break right around the corner, Bill Baird’s Spring Break of the Soul is a record to bring in the bucolic joy of springtime with a twisted attitude. Known for his work with the bands Sunset as well as Sound Team, Baird’s new release is the product of two full years in the studio, culminating in this epic, warped, but delightful dose of summertime splendor. Stretched acro...

03 Apr 5:48 PM 0 Read More...