Arcata's Naïve Melodies is the closest thing to seeing the Talking Heads
In the '70s and '80s, New York art pop group Talking Heads, led by iconic mastermind David Byrne, established themselves not only as one of the most innovative bands of their time, but one that would inspire the work of others for decades to come. Some more directly than others.
Portland folk artist Hanz Araki bridges his heritage with a flute
One tradition calls it a buinne, the other calls it a shakuhachi, but both regard the instrument more commonly known as the flute with extremely high esteem. Irish Japanese artist Hanz Araki honors that dual heritage by complimenting Gaelic folk music with the spiritual allure of masterful flute playing.
Reno's Moondog Matinee brings the heat
Like a tattooed, grizzly, sunburnt Santa Claus, Reno's Moondog Matinee travels from town to town—almost non-stop—gifting audiences with grungy classic rock as grimy as a lump of coal and just as good at conducting fire. As such, music writer Whitherby Sutton calls Moondog Matinee a group of "wandering heathens," and bass guitarist Adam Carpenter—who will return to Bend with the band at Pakit Liquidators Dec. 5—agrees with that label.
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Stevie Ray Vaughan lives... in the dreams (and music) of Hobbs Magaret
A rocket ship shredding space on its way to the blazing sun; a charging bull free from confinement; or, the final scene in Fight Club where towering buildings all come tumbling down in fiery plumes—all good ways to visualize the massive rock sound of local blues group Hobbs the Band. It also doesn't hurt to imagine Stevie Ray Vaughan sitting in a corner riffing off the chaos with taut guitar solos.
Records that inspired today's youthful bands
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Portland trio Patrimony is from the next generation of classic rockers
Patrimony (noun): property inherited from one's father or male ancestor. Figuratively bequeathed a medley of talent from bands like The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Johnny Winter and The Beatles, Patrimony members—and youngsters—Trevor Martell, Wyatt Phillipi and Jason Allenby form a balanced blend of rock artistry.
Kyle Gass of Tenacious D fame launches
new '80s-style metal band
Once upon a time there was a mugger in New York City who spent his time learning guitar at Julliard, rocking out on stage in front of a giant penis-shaped bird and making television show cameos on par with Clint Howard appearances in film. OK, that's a slight exaggeration, but not a story without some tidbits of truth.
Lisa Mann plays the blues
In the second installment of this year's Jazz at the Oxford, the King Louie Portland Blues Review is presenting a sampling of some of the region's most talented blues musicians. At the forefront is Lisa Mann.
Folksy troubadour Brett Dennen doesn't have a special approach, just good music
Requiring little more than something personal to say, good enough acoustic guitar skills and a coffee shop to sing in, the singer-songwriter is as commonplace in America as the aspiring actor. In 2005, California musician Brett Dennen was one of many—Amos Lee, Brandi Carlile, James Blunt to name a few—who released debut albums hoping to stand out in this crowded field.