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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Family Affair: Tango Alpha Tango at McMenamins Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Tango Alpha TangoTango Alpha Tango sound like Tallest Man on Earth and The Pixies teamed up to write a blues-style soundtrack for an independent documentary about strip clubs. All doused with a good helping of North West indie music styling, their songs range from the straight heavy blues rock on “Kill and Haight” to soft acoustic breakup jams like “I Have Stopped Thinking About You."

Despite their range of style, there is nothing inauthentic about Tango Alpha Tango, they know what they’re doing and they’re doing it well from crooning pop melodies to firing off sexy, distortion coated guitar riffs. The finesse of their songwriting is a testament to the musical expertise of brothers, Aaron and Nathan Trueb, and Nathan's wife, Mirabai, teamed up with unrelated drummer Walker Beckman. Their powers combined, Tango Alpha Tango write songs to be admired and put on one hell of a live show.

Their two albums (released in 2008 and 2011) are both under 10 songs, but what they lack in length they make up for in quality. Over the course of their recordings you can hear the music develop from more conventional indie-pop into a whole new animal, with a country hi-gloss and a bluesy edge tied together by skillful songwriting. The band is currently working on recording their next full length release at Supernatural Studios in Oregon City. Preview a few tracks from their new album on their Bandcamp and hear them live at McMenamins, FOR FREE. 


Tango Alpha Tango

Wednesday August 1

7pm, FREE

Old St. Francis McMenamins,  700 NW Bond St.



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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Seattle Indie Take Over: Lemolo and Bryan John Appleby Tonight!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

LemoloLemolo is back! These powerful Seattle rock goddesses will be in town tonight and tonight only! If you missed this cloying duo when they opened for Hey Marseilles at McMenamins back in May, it’s your lucky day. Here’s your second chance to catch their unique brand of simplistic, dreamy synthpop.

Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox play sweet and cleverly written tunes that transport their listener to an overcast dream world. They have the tonal quality and catchiness of early Florence + the Machine with an underground, reverb-filled twist.

Bryan John ApplebyTheir full length debut, The Kaleidoscope, was just released last week but the girls are already widely renowned in the Seattle scene and were named one of Seattle’s "Best New Bands" by Seattle Magazine. Welcome back to Bend, ladies!

Listen to their music here, or watch their video for "Open Air" below. You won’t be disappointed.

Lemolo will be playing with Bryan John Appleby, singer songwriter from Seattle who will rattle your bones with his haunting acoustic originals. His musical style sounds like a mixture of David Bazan’s dark spiritual themes with an eerie Fleet Foxes quality. 

Appleby just announced a tour in late 2012 with Seattle buddies The Head and the Heart and Portland alt-country rockers Blitzen Trapper, so take this will most likely be one of the last opportunities to see him play in a tiny bar before the masses get a hold of his moving tunes.

Listen to his music here. Check out the video of him playing the heartbreaking "Noah’s Nameless Wife" below. 

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Lemolo and Bryan John Appleby

Wednesday July 11

8pm, $5

The Horned Hand 507 NW Colorado Ave. 

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tour De France - Stage 7

Posted By on Sun, Jul 8, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Wow, what a great races today! Now that we are done with the hectic first week of the tour we can get down to the real GC battle!

Chris Froome won the first summit finish of this tour, and that is no small matter.  It may be that Bradley Wiggins' (picked by many to win the tour) biggest challenge will come from his own teammate...

Froome Takes the Win

Froome set the pace up the final climb, trying to put regining champion Cadel Evans into difficulty, but Evans held fast. When the road tipped up dramatically in the final 1k, Evans put in a dig to gain seconds and win the stage, but it was Froome, not Wiggins who countered and won the stage. It showed that Wiggins is not the strongest climber in the field, which we kinda  already knew. Never the less, he grabbed the yellow jersey as Prolouge winner Fabian Cancelarra could not maintain the pace up the steep finishing climb and faded to 22nd overall.

What today really showed is that presumptive winner Wiggins has a serious chink in his armor and that Evans is going to do his upmost to exploit it. Sure, Wiggins did not lose anytime to Evans, but I don't think Evans was really trying to put any time into Wig gins today. Rather, Evans was testing the water, and what he found is that the mighty Sky team may have a problem. Just like in the Vuelta Espana last fall when Froome placed 2nd and Wiggins 3rd, they may be backing the wrong horse. If Sky had thrown it's support behind Froome last fall, I think they would have won that race, and we might see the same thing happen in this Tour.

With only 3 summit finishes in this tour, you can bet that Evans is going to attack  on the mountainous days that don't feature a summit finish but rather technical descents, something Wiggins is notoriously poor at. Both Evans and the current 3rd place rider on GC, Vincenzo Nibali are very good at. Let's see if Sky opts to protect and defend Wiggins at all cost, while Evans and Nibali gain time on him with the daring descents and explosive climbs we will see tomorrow in stage 8!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tour De France - Stage 5

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The Gorilla won his second stage in as many days, winning a rather uneventful long day of racing in northern France.


Yesterday, Greipel's win had a little asterisk next to it due to a late crash taking out world champion Mark Canvandish. That was not the case today. Cavandish's team Sky even worked to give him a lead out but the big german was able to pull away in the find 50 meters to score his second win in as many days.

Tomorrow's stage should again produce a field sprint and we may well see a repeat of today's action. There is a little bump 10k from the finish which may give an opportunity for an escape artist, but my guess is we will see Cavandish make up for today's failure and get the win.

The real GC battle begins Saturday when the peloton heads into the mountains with the first summit finish on the mighty Planche des Belles. Expect some serious racing from everyone hoping for a shot at the final podium.

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