Miss Tess & the Talk Backs take notes from the masters
Miss Tess isn't a traveling schoolteacher with a nasty class of disobedient students, the Talk Backs. Rather, the Brooklyn, NY, musician is a smooth-singing troubadour, influenced by only the best blues and country-western virtuosos.
Theory of a DeadmanEli Young Band The musical guests of the Deschutes County Fair offer something for everyone, just so long as everyone listens to top 40 radio.
Johnny Cash and Queen tribute acts take different approaches
It's hard to imagine two people who do loosely the same thing being more different than Giles Taylor and Doug Benson. Taylor, a classically trained actor and musician from the UK, plays the stunning role of Freddie Mercury in the show, "Queen—It's a Kinda Magic," while Benson, a former hard-traveling optical engineer from San Diego, sings Johnny Cash songs with his band Cash'd Out.
TV Mike and the
Scarecrows Chugging along to the beat of its own folksy drummer somewhere between Wilco and a Californian dog day afternoon, TV Mike and the Scarecrows aren't searching for a lost brain, they're masterminding a Laurelhurst Canyon resurgence.
Nahko and Medicine for the People attempt to make it a better place
"Hoka Hey," a Sioux battle cry loosely meaning, "Today is a good day to die," is the motto that Nahko and the Medicine People live and play music by. They call it their own prayer of intention to take direct action and perhaps make today a better day to live.
Quasar Wut-Wut score Buster Keaton's The General
The most expensive scene in silent film history belongs to Buster Keaton's The General, the highly acclaimed locomotive obsessed caper about a man and his beloved train (and his fiancé, or whatever) at the breakout of the Civil War. The scene involved a single-take of 500 horse-mounted extras from the Oregon National Guard, a dummy engineer and the very real explosion of a train and bridge near Cottage Grove, Ore. The remaining wreckage in the riverbed below became a local tourist attraction for nearly 20 years until it was scrapped during WWII.
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Charlie Parr on the Minnesota music scene, his childhood music, and the Old Testament
I'm convinced that there's something in the water that makes great Minnesota musicians. Gloom pop group Low are out of Duluth, the riot grrrl punk act Babes in Toyland formed in Minneapolis, alt-punkers Hüsker Dü are from St. Paul.
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas make a move
Like her musical style, which is adding to already favorite genres and classics, Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas also add to the meaning of the word "hybrid." Raised a baker's daughter in Detroit's famous Mexicantown, her fresh-faced genre-bending band mixes pop, blues, gypsy-folk, rock, big band and jazz with distinctive soulful vocals.