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Live Review: Tweedy at Crystal Ballroom, 3/14


It’s safe to say Tweedy is very much a family affair—it’s even in the name. What once started out as a solo project of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy has quickly blossomed into a subtler creative endeavor alongside his 18-year-old son, drummer Spencer Tweedy, culminating in an album dedicated to Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother. Despite the disheartening nature of the songs—much of Sukierae ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)

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[FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one    More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

C’mon, Get Happy

Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle cheers up…sort of.

Music Stories
Justin Ringle generally doesn’t see things in black and white. As the lead vocalist and songwriter behind Portland’s Horse Feathers, he’s spent the better part of a decade struggling to ma   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Future Historians

Portrait of Self (Self-Released)

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[SHIMMERY FOLK] When Future Historians’ Dave Shur set out to put together his band, he had a single quote in mind: “It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.”    More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Ryan Adams at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Oct. 5


To say Ryan Adams wasn’t always doing so good would be an understatement. The acclaimed singer-songwriter—known most notably for bringing alt-country to the mainstream while fronting Whiskeytown—spent a decent chunk of the mid-2000s on a what seemed to be a solo bender, supporting his drinking habits with a fair amount of cocaine and opiates, while his band, the Cardinals, seem to be ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Hearts of Oak

New England (Deer Lodge)

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[SHOEGAZIN’ COUNTRY] The term “shoegazer country” is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when talking niche music genres, but it remains an apt description of the warped soundscapes an   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)

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[FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: Northwest String Summit

Music Stories
[STRING JAM] When you’ve curated your own three-day festival for more than a decade, you’re somewhat expected to headline at least one night—or in the case of Colorado’s Yonder Mountain    More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Introducing...: Hook & Anchor

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Who: Kati Claborn (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals), Gabrielle Macrae (violin, vocals), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Erik Clampitt (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Luke Ydstie (bass, vocals). Sounds like   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Ed & the Red Reds

The Liar’s Dream (Self-Released)

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[INDIE FOLK] Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon certainly isn’t the only musician to ever hole up in a secluded hunting cabin in the middle of the woods to write an album. Portland’s Ed Thanhouser, th   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER
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