Head For The Hills at the The Fox Theatre

The combination of Fruition String Band and Head For The Hills at The Fox last Saturday was a warm brandy-colored infusion that went down completely smooth and friendly-like. The evening started out on a bright harmonious note courtesy of Portland based Fruition String Band, with special guest fiddler Bridget Law (Elephant Revival). It was Fruition’s first time playing at The Fox, but it seemed to me like th...

03 Nov 11:20 PM 0 Read More...

Freelance Whales at the Bluebird Theater

The concept of “guilty pleasures” is not an ideology I want to subscribe to. Taste is obviously subjective, so why should we feel ashamed of liking something? On the other side of the coin, it’s a sentiment that isn’t without truth: there is a certain bitter taste of remorse that comes with the realization of actually enjoying something that is considered by most as either 1) a waste of time 2) an unfunny jok...

24 Oct 10:42 PM 0 Read More...

Why This Band Should be Re-Named "Slay Bells"

I’ve always had a difficult time deciding to either resent or enjoy when music critics write grand, sweeping reviews that reveal (in the most decidedly snarky and specifically condescending of tones) how allegedly shitty something is. On one hand, it’s entertaining to read and while said critic usually ends up looking like an ass, it establishes his/her “integrity” in musical taste. On the other hand, I alway...

22 Oct 9:42 PM 0 Read More...

Other Lives: Not Just Another OK Act

Very few bands could truthfully say that they were hand-picked by Thom Yorke and Co. to open for their legendary band at a sold out show in a giant venue. Even fewer could express that Radiohead’s (in)famous linchpin remixed one of their tracks. Other Lives, a 5-piece alt-folk-rock act from Stillwater, Oklahoma are one of these elite few, and for good reason. A close friend of mine attended the aforementioned Ra...

19 Oct 10:53 PM 0 Read More...

A Tale of Two DJs: Flying Lotus at the Ogden Theatre & A-Trak at Rhinoceropolis

I wasn’t terribly familiar with the music of Ogden Theatre opening act Jeremiah Jae, though I knew he was as much an emcee as a DJ.  He started the show with some instrumental tracks, lulling the crowd with his occassional twiddling of mixing board knobs and the triggering of samples.  Both he and the second act, Teebs, lacked the assistance of a MacBook and Serato, which suggests the command they possess over dr...

18 Oct 10:55 PM 0 Read More...