Archive for July, 2015

  • Do you like garage rock? Have you ever thought that there might be a garage rock gene? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I heard the debut album from Le Zets entitled Deadweight. When Nicole Laurenne(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) told me that her 17 year old daughter had started a band, I was pretty sure that I was in for something good. It turns out that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that’s for sure. Margo Swann’s vocals also sound remarkably close to her mom’s with a touch of vitriol mixed in ala Chelsey...

    Le Zets – Deadweight

    Do you like garage rock? Have you ever thought that there might be a garage rock gene? I’ve been thinking about this a lot since I heard the debut album from Le Zets entitled Deadweight. When Nicole Laurenne(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero) told me that her 17 year old daughter had started a band, I was pretty sure that I was in for something good. It turns out that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree, that’s for sure. Margo Swann’s vocals also sound remarkably close to her mom’s with a touch of vitriol mixed in ala Chelsey...

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  • It’s hard to believe it’s only been a little over a year since Emby Alexander released their masterful first full length album Frontispiece. A record that was one of my absolute favorites of 2014 and something I still listen to on a near weekly basis. I was a little skeptical when Michael Alexander let me know that they would be releasing their sophomore effort  on June 1st. It seemed a little quick on the heels of Frontispiece, though I certainly admired the ambition and drive. I guess I was worried, for some strange reason that there might be an issue...

    Emby Alexander – Behave Like Beehives

    It’s hard to believe it’s only been a little over a year since Emby Alexander released their masterful first full length album Frontispiece. A record that was one of my absolute favorites of 2014 and something I still listen to on a near weekly basis. I was a little skeptical when Michael Alexander let me know that they would be releasing their sophomore effort  on June 1st. It seemed a little quick on the heels of Frontispiece, though I certainly admired the ambition and drive. I guess I was worried, for some strange reason that there might be an issue...

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  • In 2013, in no uncertain terms, my favorite local album was Living Dreams by There Is Danger. I still play that album on a regular basis. Born from the ashes of The Whisperlights, Ills Riske had sojourned on to make some of my favorite music in the valley to this day. Their follow up EP, Gold Mine, is no different in this matter. First of all, Riske may be one of the more underrated songwriters in the entire town, secondly, he has an ear for chiming, amazing indie rock that should just grab your heart and run with it. The...

    There Is Danger – Gold Mine EP

    In 2013, in no uncertain terms, my favorite local album was Living Dreams by There Is Danger. I still play that album on a regular basis. Born from the ashes of The Whisperlights, Ills Riske had sojourned on to make some of my favorite music in the valley to this day. Their follow up EP, Gold Mine, is no different in this matter. First of all, Riske may be one of the more underrated songwriters in the entire town, secondly, he has an ear for chiming, amazing indie rock that should just grab your heart and run with it. The...

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  • I’ve been writing about the local scene for over seven years now and I have to say, this is a stunning summer for live music. Many times in past summers the whole thing just kind of implodes once we hit the serious heat of July and August. Not this summer. I’m sure this is helped by the fact that there a bunch of new venues sporting local music like Pho Cao, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge. Nevertheless, I am continually impressed by the sheer volume of shows happening very nearly every night of the week. This week is no...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I’ve been writing about the local scene for over seven years now and I have to say, this is a stunning summer for live music. Many times in past summers the whole thing just kind of implodes once we hit the serious heat of July and August. Not this summer. I’m sure this is helped by the fact that there a bunch of new venues sporting local music like Pho Cao, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge. Nevertheless, I am continually impressed by the sheer volume of shows happening very nearly every night of the week. This week is no...

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  • Well holy hell, just look at the rest of the week below. I should have written this yesterday because there were three or four killer shows on Tuesday, but I wasn’t feeling that great and sleep took a priority. Nevertheless, this week is just action packed from here until Sunday, the next week is much the same, it’s all just unreasonably good. Check it out and get some live local music love in your ears soon… When & Where: Wednesday, July 22nd 8pm at The Rebel Lounge Reasons to Attend: This really should be a weekend show, but on a...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well holy hell, just look at the rest of the week below. I should have written this yesterday because there were three or four killer shows on Tuesday, but I wasn’t feeling that great and sleep took a priority. Nevertheless, this week is just action packed from here until Sunday, the next week is much the same, it’s all just unreasonably good. Check it out and get some live local music love in your ears soon… When & Where: Wednesday, July 22nd 8pm at The Rebel Lounge Reasons to Attend: This really should be a weekend show, but on a...

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  • So the story goes that I wrote a wonderful version of this article on Tuesday night. I was feeling particularly ambitious that evening and had already written my New Times piece. As I added the last flyer to it, my computer crashed, and upon reboot I discovered that WordPress hadn’t saved a draft after the first five words. I was crestfallen to say the least and it was two in the morning. Wednesday I had an amazing show to catch at Pho Cao and last night I was still resentful toward my laptop. Still there are some great shows I...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    So the story goes that I wrote a wonderful version of this article on Tuesday night. I was feeling particularly ambitious that evening and had already written my New Times piece. As I added the last flyer to it, my computer crashed, and upon reboot I discovered that WordPress hadn’t saved a draft after the first five words. I was crestfallen to say the least and it was two in the morning. Wednesday I had an amazing show to catch at Pho Cao and last night I was still resentful toward my laptop. Still there are some great shows I...

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  • Due to a combination of illness, writers block and a generally terrible time at my day job, I wrote not a damn thing last week. It was a pretty good week and I have a few regrets about not promoting some of the shows, especially the ones I attended. There really is no use in crying over spilt milk, though and I had a fabulous time regardless. This week is jam packed once more and the bonus is that it’s not squeezed into one holiday event! Nope, it’s spread throughout the week in a lovely fashion, though, I’m not going...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Due to a combination of illness, writers block and a generally terrible time at my day job, I wrote not a damn thing last week. It was a pretty good week and I have a few regrets about not promoting some of the shows, especially the ones I attended. There really is no use in crying over spilt milk, though and I had a fabulous time regardless. This week is jam packed once more and the bonus is that it’s not squeezed into one holiday event! Nope, it’s spread throughout the week in a lovely fashion, though, I’m not going...

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  • Time slips by easily, caught in the hustle and bustle of life and music and shows and all else. It seemed to me that the campaign to get play the documentary off the ground just began, but alas, we are inside the last two days for the Kickstarter campaign for this amazing project. I wanted to spend some time talking about this, but I can’t do it much better than Matty Steinkamp has done on the Kickstarter page itself. I will say this, the importance of getting children interested in music (and all the arts, really) at an early age...

    play – the documentary

    Time slips by easily, caught in the hustle and bustle of life and music and shows and all else. It seemed to me that the campaign to get play the documentary off the ground just began, but alas, we are inside the last two days for the Kickstarter campaign for this amazing project. I wanted to spend some time talking about this, but I can’t do it much better than Matty Steinkamp has done on the Kickstarter page itself. I will say this, the importance of getting children interested in music (and all the arts, really) at an early age...

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