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POINTS: 49FORMED: 2010SOUNDS LIKE: Martians hosting a psych-rock festival inside a funhouse.Most people who’ve been to Eugene know Sam Bond’s Garage.
The small, rustic bar’s rickety old stage
Most video-store clerks aren’t writing music in the shop after hours and falling asleep in their guitar case. But Aly Spaltro isn’t most people. She was introduced to the Beatles at age 5 and had more songs to her name as a teenager than most musicians pen in a lifetime. Most of it came by the cover of night, after flipping the closed sign at Bart and Dave’s Video Explosion in Brunswick, M...
Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of Helio Sequence have been at it for almost 20 years now, turning out textured electro-rock that sounds much more like the work of a quartet than a duo. On April 13, the Hellio Sequence again proved their ability to multitask, Weikel punishing his drum kit in perfect time and running samples while Summers juggled the guitar, harmonica and crisp vocals. The ...
Scenes from the fourth installment of Boise's biggest week.
For a fourth year festival, Treefort is pretty mature. Over a five-day stretch, some 400 bands play about a dozen venues throughout downtown Boise, from impromptu outdoor stages to small clubs and arcades. The lineup is strong, the organization is admirable and, perhaps most importantly, the city loves to play host. The result is a fishbowl scenario wherein bands and fans are constantly runnin...
Much to the joy of the sold-out crowd, Lost Lander played primarily from its brand new release, Medallion, at its hometown record release show at Mississippi Studios on Feb. 27. It's a glistening pop record that marks a departure from the more nuanced dream-rock of its debut, DRRT. Bigger stages are almost certainly in Lost Lander�...
[EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang,
sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the
ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT,
[RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as
that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway
spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting
Since its last Portland show at Rotture about six months ago, the fantasy electro-metal duo Magic Sword has evolved into a revelation. We still don’t know who resides behind the masks, but the Boise band continues to carve its niche deeper with every show. At Doug Fir on Jan. 16, the Keeper and the Seeker—as the two are known —...
Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer
rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in
full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles
Seattle quartet Hibou treated a quiet Bunk Bar school-night crowd to its very own tidal brand of punk-pop on Jan. 4. A thematic guitar effect—languid, loud and lingering—gave the band a shoe gaze feel, despite fidgety structures. Imagine Pure Bathing Culture playing CBGB's and you’re nearing Hibou’s live presenc...