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Drew Norman is a lofty balsam among the abundant flora in our local music scene— one whose own magnetic roots burrow back the better part of twenty years. We remember him as guitarist of notable shreddery for Porcelain God, and the subsequent mach-two version: the Cow Trippers. There, he occasionally contributed the odd song, typically delivered in a gruff, somewhat salacious manner,...MORE
When Blitzen Trapper first came to the fore in 2007, with the release of Wild Mountain Nation, the band had already been in operation as a recording entity for four years with two releases prior to that. All the same their visibility on a national scale escalated incrementally from that point, with key support from Pitchfork online magazine, especially. MORE
I’ve told the story before, probably more than once. Quarterflash and I go way back. Way back. Back before Seafood Mama. Before Beggar’s Opera. Back before Jones Road. Back to the days of Oregon College of Education. You won’t find that school listed in any current register! It’s called Western Oregon State University now. It’s in Monmouth, which is west of Salem and north of Corvallis, on the road to somewhere else...MORE
New BUKO TV exclusive interview cuts of some of last years Inductees! KGON's Iris Harrison. Mark Hudson, EVERCLEAR, DK Stewart, Calvin Walker and the unforgettable U-Krew!
Its time again to recognize the very best musicians who have made history and helped shape our incredible music scene!
This year's Induction Ceremony is Saturday, Oct. 5th at the Aladdin Theater. Go to OMHOF.org, the Aladdin or Music Millennium! MORE
In one way, it’s hard to believe that Pink Martini are nearly twenty years old. In another, it seems like they have always been here...one thing is certain: there is no other musical aggregation in the world that can approach the incredible feats of sonic perfection Pink Martini regularly demonstrate. MORE
Four headlining acts would play the main stage inside the Sleep Country Amphitheater and two small outdoor stages were built in the parking lot for numerous other bands to also play. The festival promised to give you a full day of rock n’ roll and they sure kept that promise. MORE
For most people the title of this album, White Lighter, would connote an inexpensive incendiary device of no pigmentary value. A white lighter is certainly something with which the average human might be familiar. You see lighters every day. Some of them may be white.
However, there are some walking among us (and I count myself as one) for whom the context is completely different. They are “white lighters.” They’ve seen the white light. Oh yeah, the vaunted white light at the end of the tunnel when you die. Sure. Most folks think that’s an urban myth, until they experience it for themselves. I began experiencing the white light at an early age and was availed of the occasion to experience it again a time or two through the course of my adult life. I think I know what Kyle Morton, leader of Typhoon, is talking about... MORE
Billy Triplett died of a heart attack on Sunday, August 11th. Anyone who knew Billy knew him to be in every way a gentle giant of a man. He was physically massive in every way—tall and very heavy. But he was the friendliest guy you are ever likely to meet. Exceptionally helpful. Incredibly kind. A real sweet man... MORE
Once upon a time in a Portland long ago and far away, there was a band called Providence. They didn’t play around town that much. They weren’t exactly a “bar band.” Actually they were many things the Moody Blues sought to be, and vice versa.
Whereas the Moodies used Mike Pinder’s mellotron—in most cases—to achieve an orchestral-like choral string ambience, Providence just went ahead and incorporated a real string trio... MORE
Ladies and Gentlemen, here's the official trailer for Buko TV produced Portland Waterfront Blues Festival full-feature film! All proceeds are to benefit the Oregon Food Bank and their wonderful efforts to feed hungry people and families in Oregon.
We started four years ago filming answers from the many walks of life and prototypes who make up the pulse of this seminal event. Adults, children, vollunteers, music industry insiders, Security and stage peeps, Food Bank Representatives and even Peter Dammann!
The rock music scene in Portland is fifty years old this year. To a certain extent 1963 is an arbitrary date. There were something like rock bands before that time, but they were combos who played sock hops and the like. Bands such as the Wailers and Paul Revere and the Raiders were already up and running in the Northwest. So were Portland’s Kingsmen, more or less. But in 1963, the rock music “club” scene first began to take shape. They were teen soda bars, to be sure. But live rock music was... MORE
Musical acts with a choral female vocal core have been a mainstay of popular music since the genre was inaugurated early in the 20th century. The Boswell Sisters, in the early ‘30s, come instantly to mind as purveyors of tight harmonies and blues-inflected jazz phrasing. Later the Andrews Sisters glommed onto those tight harmonies and, later still, it was the Chordettes singing “Mr. Sandman” in 1954... MORE
Susannah “Little Sue” Weaver has been a fixture in the local folk picture for, dare I say it, about twenty years now—since she first burst upon the scene with the lamentedly late, great Crackpots (In Exile). And while we have all aged to greater or lesser degrees over those two decades, there is little question that Little Sue has aged better than most...MORE
Anyone who knows me knows I have a deep love for Led Zeppelin. They were pioneers in music and their music still continues to influence and inspire. They are easily one of the best. When the band came to an end in 1980 due to the late John Bonham’s passing, the rock world mourned... MORE
Drive By High Five's first single, "Meet Me Half Way," video was Directed Freddy Heath. MORE
A fixture in the Portland music scene for the past twenty years, singer/guitarist Pete Krebs has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, desmoplastic melanoma. It is known to appear in the head and neck regions of individuals with sun-damaged skin. Pete’s doctors have determined the extent of his illness to be at Stage II. MORE
In the fast-paced world of independent music video production things can go from major to minor in a heartbeat. Soon after completing a music video for a New York-based artist, filmmakers Glenn Scott Lacey and Steven Dempsey of Portland-based Americonic Films got word that the musician had decided to go in a different direction...MORE
The Greater Midwest were putting on a show to celebrate the release of their CD Consumer Confidence. I got an advance on their music and really liked what I heard...MORE
We first heard from Steve Wilkinson and his new musical entity the Wilkinson Blades about nine months ago with the release of their debut album 4AM, which scored for them the Number Six slot in my Top 9 of 2012 list. And while that venture was more or less a solo album with benefits, many of the same side players who contributed to tracks on that album are now fully integrated members of the real band. Having played dozens of gigs together over the past year, no one in the band sounds like a guest... MORE
Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding has secured two coveted prizes at the 55th Annual Grammy Award ceremonies—one of which she shares with longtime local musical treasure, Thara Memory... MORE
The (semi) annual Monsters of Rock show at Dantes was just that a MONSTER. The show pulls from a talented pool of local musicians and puts them in special one off band situations for just this event...there were so many awesome performances, musicians stepping out of their comfort zones and really challenging themselves and fans left wanting more. MORE
Recent recipients of the Number One slot among my highly coveted “Top 9 of 2012” awards with Court the Storm, Y La Bamba have returned eleven months later with the breathtaking Oh February. The six songs found here serve as a window into the world of artists in the midst of tremendous musical growth. The members of YLB are maturing as individuals, as musicians, and together they are ripening—very satisfyingly—as a precise musical entity of great power and portent. MORE
As always, there are a million reasons to shop at Music Millennium. Now there’s one more, and it may be the most important reason of all... MORE
It’s the end of one year and the beginning of another. And at the end of every year, every music critic, music columnist, music writer, music journalist, music blogger or music fan of any note generates a “Best of…” list. Late in my career I am making the attempt to fit in to one of those categories. So, I have prepared my own “Best of…” list. I’ve been seeing these things pop up since, like, Thanksgiving, which seems awfully early to me. MORE
After three years together, Crown Point are the perfect example of how a band evolves. When singer-songwriters Jon Davidson and Russell Stafford first aligned at the beginning of 2010, both came to the project with industry pedigrees. Stafford was actually signed to Sony Australia before he moved to the US. Davidson and Stafford put their band together slowly, methodically, with intention. They released a six-song EP, Wolves, a couple of years back. MORE
Over the years I’ve reviewed dozens of various artist compilations comprised of the works of local artists. KGON produced a couple of collections in the early ‘80s. I reviewed Volume 2, the Homegrown album back in 1982. KKRZ, Z100 gave us in Pride of Portland in 1986. Since then, there have been other radio station related promotions...Local labels have regularly released compilations. Mike Jones’ Schizophonic label was one of the first in 1990, gathering eleven high profile bands and a poet for the initial I-5 Killers series, which ended up numbering three that I know of. Cravedog Records released at least a couple volumes of Can’t Stand the Smell...
But—of all the myriad various artist compendia ever to have been released in this region—none can touch this one. Not even close. MORE
Join Typod for an exclusive Lloyd Jones TV interview and sold out show at Jimmy Mac's...just in time for the BF 25th Anniversary...right here, right now!
It’s been six years since Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus. For many music lovers, myself included, June 27, 2006 will forever remain a day of black sadness...The dawn of Century 21, S-K had carved for themselves a very secure niche in the national music scene. Renowned music critics Greil Marcus and Rober Christgau championed the band. In 2001, writing for Time magazine, Marcus called Sleater-Kinney “America’s Best Rock Band.” MORE
Here is the complete uncut interview with Obo Addy less than a year ago backstage at last year's OMHOF Ceremony. We believe it was his last on-camera interview.
He talks candidly about his illness, his career, his history and the importance of teaching children.
Ghanian master drummer, beloved teacher, and long time Portland treasure, Obo Addy, died Thursday afternoon after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 76 years old. The son of a Wonche medicine man, and one of 55 children, Addy emigrated to the United States from West Africa in 1978 and moved to Portland soon thereafter. At the forefront of the World music movement, he was one of the first to bring African musical culture to mainstream American audiences. In 1996 Obo Addy was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment of the Arts. He leaves behind his wife, Susan, and six children. The family has set up a page to help raise funds for costs related to Obo’s illness and funeral expenses at http://www.indiegogo.com/oboaddy.
Things have been moving awfully fast over the past couple of years for talented young Sara Jackson-Holman. The story is fairly well known: about her casually opportune interaction with Anthony McNamer, head of Expunged Records—Blind Pilot’s label—via her random post on the band’s fan page. Subsequently McNamer arbitrarily checked out Sara’s MySpace page, where she had posted home recordings of a few of her songs, a decision that eventually led to her signing on with the record company without the benefit of so much as a demo. Ah, kismet! MORE
I’m pretty sure we went all through this about six or eight years ago when I reviewed one of Jim Walker’s albums (Terrible Pictures of Harriet, 2005), here and (earlier, in 2003) here, for Two Louies in what we at Buko refer to as “the waning days.” I remember that Walker had been going by the name Jeroan Van Aiken when he arrived in Portland from Los Angeles in the early ‘90s. He’d pretty much done it all, as far as a SoCal musician can do...But, he ended up coming to Portland. MORE
You wouldn’t think a little town this size could sustain more than a couple of surf bands. There’s certainly nothing wrong with the genre, and Portland has always had a history of providing some pretty good ones over the years. Satan’s Pilgrims and Surf Trio come readily to mind. But there have been many others lurking in the margins of the local music scene. Since the ‘80s anyway, there have always been a few surf bands playing around.
Which is sort of weird. Think about it. This is Portland not Malibu... MORE
I’m late in getting to this album, as it was released at the end of May. But seeing as how these previously-unreleased tracks were originally recorded between 1989 and 1992, it didn’t seem like an extra month or so would matter a whole lot one way or the other... John Smith and Valerie Day waited twenty years for this one. MORE
It seems like every century some composer decides he wants to take a crack at the solar system as artistic inspiration. Over the years this has gotten successively more difficult to create...That brings us to Carlos Severe Marcelin. Carlos has been playing around our happy little mizzle-stop for the better part of twenty years. In the ‘90s he was lead guitarist for intellirockers, Silkenseed. Then, in the early Oughts he married fortunes with Sally Tomato,... MORE
by Brent Angelo
Singer/songwriter/frontman Steve Wilkinson has been plying his craft around Portland for going on twenty years. Jeez. I remember him as a young pup with Gravelpit, back in the days of Belmont Inn. Why do I recall Steve as the original drummer in the band early on? And a different lead vocalist? Or maybe he sang lead from the drums. Or maybe it was a different band. Thrillbilly? It was a long time ago. Anyway, when Steve took over the duties as front-man, that was in the earlyish mid ‘90s, Gravelpit seemed to jell as one of Portland’s chief purveyors of Post-Nirvana grunge. MORE
It is late February, seasonably chilly and wet. Luz Elena Mendoza and I are sitting amidst the noisy clatter of the busy Barista cafe in Northeast Portland. Luz is the extraordinary vocalist and passionate, shamanic presence fronting the nuevo Latino folk band Y La Bamba. The release of their second album Court the Storm on February 28th, heralds a new level of excellence within the band. MORE
It's been five long years since James Mercer and his band the Shins released the Grammy-nominated Wincing the Night Away. In those intervening years Mercer (that's Mister Shins to you) divorced his longtime band mates and set off on numerous musical adventures. Those took him all over the world, real and conceptual. With the release of Port of Morrow, we find James Mercer exploring a deeper sense of introspection... MORE
Brianne and Jared Mees, empress and emperor of the Tender Loving Empire, welcomed baby July Simone Mees into the realm on March 21st, 2012 at 6:22PM. With a fighting weight of 8 pounds 9 ounces, little July is expected to release her first album sometime in 2013 on the Tender Loving Empire label. Proud mother is recuperating. Proud father is bouncing off the walls. Let's all wish them well.
Help the Oregon Music Hall of Fame inspire the next generation of talented Oregon Musicians! Please give $12 in '12 to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and PLEASE SHARE this link on your FaceBook wall. MORE
See, this sort of thing has been going on for some time in this town. Incest. Oh, not that kind. Although, it’s always been apparent in Oregon that there is a bit of that in the backwater towns. No, I’m talking about the intermarriage of bands. Over the past decade it’s only gotten worse. And the aggregation affiliated with the creation of this project (and its various predecessors) is the perfect example of this intermingling. MORE
It’s said that there are no straight lines in nature. If that is in fact the case, then this is the most natural album ever made. There’s no “shortest distance between two points” here. Nothing resolves as expected. Just when you think you’re moving toward something, you veer. No straight lines. Still, as beautiful as any tree. Songs as lovely as wind and birds. MORE
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been asking yourself “Why don’t more surf bands use a theremin in their act?” You also may be asking yourself, “What in God’s name is a theremin?” And for that you are to be forgiven. MORE
I have seen the future of art. I wasn’t expecting it and I certainly didn’t anticipate it coming from the mouths of talking teddy bears, but such are the cumulative quintessences of kismet and epiphany. Ephemeral. Ethereal. Evanescent. Temporal. All exists in the moment. Like a room full of talking teddy bears venting their deepest, darkest secrets. MORE
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost three years since Laura Gibson’s last recording, Beasts of Seasons, was released. But it’s not as if she’s been sitting on her hands the whole time since then. Early in 2010 Laura collaborated with sound collagist Ethan Rose for the ethereal Bridge Carols. And she has toured relentlessly all across the US, with occasional forays into Europe and the UK. MORE
On a chilly Sunday in December I ended up at the Portland Meadows for “Oregon Championship Day.” The horseracing season in Oregon runs from the middle of October to the middle of March. I’m no authority, but if I were a horse, I’m not so sure how much I would enjoy sprinting in the neighborhood of a mile through the miserable chill and the sort of slop an Oregon fall and winter might dump on a racetrack. MORE
Yeah, you read it right. Burgerville Records. This is the biggest corporate coup since Andy Pribhol (Pribal) hooked up with Plaid Pantry. And before you start turning up your nose at the Burgerville connection, there are a couple of things to remember. First, Burgerville is locally owned. MORE
The Shakers’ Sessions is a compilation of Northwest musicians singing songs written by Portland musician, and Parkinson's patient, Rob Barteletti. The album will see one-hundred percent of profits going to the Brian Grant Foundation, a non-profit organization that is an informational and inspirational resource for a community of people empowered to live unique and fulfilling lives with Parkinson's. MORE
Maria Callahan is a seasoned veteran in the local music scene with a career stretching back to the early ‘90s, first as shredding guitarist with Insane Jane, then through the ‘90s as part of Doris Daze, and as a member of the “supergroup” Sophia Starlight in the early ‘00s. In that time she has distinguished herself as a solid singer and songwriter and a very talented multi-instrumentalist, though her specialty is guitar. MORE
You’re right. The “Ommies” or the “Hoffies,” maybe. There’s probably a better name for them. The awards themselves sort of look like the shards of a shattered windshield. Maybe the Shardies. There’s something vaguely mountainic about the objets. Like Mount Hood. Maybe the “Hoodies.” MORE
Ronnie Montrose‘s guitar work helped shaped the sounds of classic rock greats like Edgar Winter, but it was his band, Montrose that put him into the spotlight to showcase his many talents. With the help of Sammy Hagar on vocals, Denny Carmassi on drums, and Bill Church on bass, they made the kind of music that defines rock n roll. MORE
Put on your thinking cap, it’s another Rachel Taylor Brown album! You may have misplaced your thinking cap since Rachel’s last release in 2009 (Susan Storm’s Ugly Sister), so we’ll wait here until you find it. While you’re at it, better put on your scrutability belt–because there’s a lot here that’s not particularly scrutable. And without your scutability belt in place, you’ll recall, your pants of discernment will fall to the floor. If not your scrutability belt, then better wear your best ironic underwear. MORE
Check out pics from day one of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival. MORE
China Forbes has been forced to take an extended hiatus from her duties as Pink Martini vocalist. Suffering an injury to her vocal cords earlier this year, at first it was hoped that an extended respite might restore her to health. But it has since been determined that she will require throat surgery. MORE
Steve Hettum has been a presence within the local music scene for the past thirty years. He first made his name as the manager for Billy Rancher and the Unreal Gods back in the early ‘80s. He managed other acts as well. He had his fingers in numerous pies. His affable, accommodating nature has always stood him in good stead in the greater Portland musical community. MORE
Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival returns July 1-4
Read about the History of the Waterfront Blues Festival
by Keith Laurent
This artical was published for the 20th Aniversary of the festival, but its always good to refresh your memory about its humble beginings.
Oregon Music Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Alex McDougall, Emily Potter, Emma Davis, Jean Choi, and Jasmine Terry-Shindelman are the recipients of the annual OMHOF College Scholarships. MORE
Rich Layton's thick accent and even thicker musical history comes from deep roots in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. Its been said the brilliance of any flower is determined only by its longest root. MORE
Generally, when a label owner releases his own band’s work on that label, suspicion might suggest “vanity project.” But Jared Mees is no ordinary label owner and the Grown Children are no ordinary band. MORE
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the new album from Portland-based Rockers Black ‘N Blue on May 13 in Europe and May 17 in North America. Hell Yeah! is a proud comeback statement for a band that wrote the pages of hard rock history in the 80′s. MORE
It is not apparent whether the Decembrist’s contract with Capitol was a five-record or three-record deal. One gets the impression it must be a three-record deal, as most record companies would have a major solid gold cow if one of their acts decided to hiatus in the middle of their contract. Especially riding a hit album like this should turn out to be. Cue the Greatest Hits package. MORE
Half the city was in attendance. That's right…they all squeezed in to be part of one of the best shows this year so far. They also got a free full-length CD of the band's new release, 'Pro-Bone-O'. A richly decorated album containing a collection of cleanly recorded killer numbers. There's backwood boogies, uptempo Texas style shuffles, with shit-stomping Telecaster leads. There's four-bar baddies mixed with some funk- driven horn sections, and informal r&b, bringing both Smokey Robinson and Tower of Power to mind. MORE
Web Gallery - The Boogie/Tones show
This was a spectacular event for the band's premier with drummer, Kevin Rankin. Youdathunk him was their's from the beginning, except for powerhouse exiting kick-drum-stretcher, Anthony Tripp was on hand to wish him well. MORE
The past year has been a busy one for Kyle Morton and the ever-malleable Typhoon. Last May saw the release of their highly-praised first (real) full-length album, Hunger and Thirst which has been at the very top of innumerable Best of 2010 lists, both locally and nationally. And rightfully so. MORE
It was 2007 when we last had an album, “Paper the Walls In,” from Loch Lomond. In the interim, Bend native and refugee of the band The Standard, Ritchie Young and his troupe of versatile bandmates, have traveled all over the map: including on national tours opening for the Decemberists and Blitzen Trapper. MORE
What better way to trick or treat then at Portland's Premier super-nod to FZ's famous Halloween shows in N.Y. Circa 1977. It looked much like it too, especially when compared to his 1977 film, 'Baby Snakes' projected in Gigantia on the back wall for effect. Cheapness was abound in all its glory, avant-garde disregard and misbehavior was the tone set for everyone... MORE
Out of a select few people I admire, near the top is Keith Richards. Yeah, that's right. He's a better role model than too many to count. I'd even trust him with the country's loot- In fact, indefinitely more than I would about 95% of our elected officials. He's honest, tells it like it is and he pulls no punches. He might take the cash up front, but always delivers without so much a hint of promise. This kind of raw honesty in our culture is rare, and even less so from politicians we elect time after time. Ha…send in the clowns, then try putting them up against the public-spirited character of someone like Richards…especially him. MORE
It’s pretty much common knowledge that Hosannas were formerly called Church until an attorney for the band The Church in Australia cordially invited them to knock it off or get their asses sued. And so there was a brief interlude where the Portland aggregation inexplicably decided to call themselves Ape Cave, presumably in commemoration of the lava tube of the same name, situated precariously (given the mountain’s propensity for restructuring itself) on the side of Mt. St. Helens. MORE
Finally - what we have all been waiting for... the Mummies are up next - I can't believe it. The stage has been draped with a huge sheet of muslin. The second I have noticed it, it raises and the crowd surges forward with screams and cheers for the gauze wrapped band standing behind it. Water and beer sprinklers are in full effect, drenching the audience and the band. MORE
In the past twenty-five years, Dan Reed has pretty much seen it all in the music business. Since the launch of his band the Dan Reed Network at the long departed Last Hurrah in December of 1984, Reed’s fortunes were on a consistent upward trajectory for many years. MORE
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Matt McCourt's band opened for metal monsters Raven October 3rd.
Here are some shots of Matt and the new Wild Dogs with Robert Robinson on Guitar and Troy Stutzman on drums. Not to detract anything from the 'Dogs as they are also metal monsters.
The press conference at Jimmy Mac's has announced the inductees for the 2010 4th annual OMHOF induction ceremony, which will be held October 9th at the Roseland Theater. The house was filled with enough star power to light a fire during a monsoon. MORE