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Live Review: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Thursday, July 19 @ Holocene

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Two weeks ago, I knew nothing about Bubu music. In fact, I still no very little. My depiction of the West African sound was a generalized and largely Americanized one, influenced by the likes of Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Paul Simon, and the Very Best. Sure, there is common ground shared by these domestic acts with Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay, but the differences between the two are gr...   More
 
Friday, July 20, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Top Five Promising Tribute Shows This Week


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Replacements tribute (Star Theater, Wednesday)Chase a screening of the excellent Color Me Obsessed with a musical tribute to the band that made rock ’n’ roll cool again.Joey Porter does Sly and th   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 MARK STOCK

Live Review: JD McPherson at Bunk Bar, Saturday, June 2

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He’s been all over the radio dial lately, fitting because that’s the format his early '60s-era sound used to break through. He’s also spilling a rare and succinct batch of retro rock ‘n’ roll that’s not just turning heads, but affixing them to his every move. But that’s not why I visited the Bunk Bar Saturday night. My interest resided in that howling, ever-eccentric, Little Richar...   More
 
Monday, June 4, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Allo Darlin', Thursday, May 10 @ Mississippi Studios

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Co-founder of late-'70s Australian band the Go-Betweens, Robert Forster knows a thing or two about independent rock. Here is his description of UK breakout band Allo Darlin’, something I understand fully after seeing the quartet live: “The music they make is indie pop, a simple label but one hard to pin down in an ever-expanding indie scene that gobbles up genres and spits out mutations at a ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock Does Coachella, Day Three ("OMG You're Still Talking About Coachella?" Edition)

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MIraculously, the days are only getting hotter. The car is telling us that it’s 113 degrees in Palm Springs, just before noon on Sunday. The car is probably wrong, calibrated incorrectly from the get-go, but it doesn’t matter. People aren’t even going to church, and people love them some church. The Coachella crowd has acclimated by now. Parking lots are completely full and it’s the bigge...   More
 
Monday, April 30, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock Does Coachella, Day Two

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Day Two Yesterday, Thom Yorke DJ’d a brief set at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs before heading off to the festival grounds. The guys in the lobby were there, and are wondering why Radiohead is so important, saying that tonight’s show “will be good, if we have enough drinks in our system.” I bet Thom was spinning dubstep and weirding everybody out with his newfound samurai Willie Ne...   More
 
Thursday, April 26, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Mark Stock Does Coachella 2012: Day One

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Day One! As you read this, the number of YouTube hits for Tupac’s “hologram” Coachella performance will likely crest 2.5 million. And while the digital ghost of the late gangster rapper set a new precedent for urging the dead back on stage, 139 other acts performed too. In the flesh, no less. For the first time in its 13-year existence, the Coachella Music Festival experimented with...   More
 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Heartless Bastards @ Aladdin Theater, Sunday, April 8


Whether or not the butterflies in the stomach go away after nearly a decade of experience is not the point. More important is what’s done with that pre-show itch, that fluttering mess of nerves and adrenaline. Tired old bands let the gas vent while overzealous newbies often light the spark too early, assuming their hands aren’t shaking uncontrollably to begin with. But bands in their prime�...   More
 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by MARK STOCK

AU, Tu Fawning and more, Saturday, March 5 @ Doug Fir

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With all the recent buzz enveloping Portland prog-rock act AU, it’s easy to forget that Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka have been doing this for years. But it’s a worthy brand of hype, one rising from a three-year period wherein AU has seemingly mastered its obscure craft. Musically, AU’s ideas have always been lofty. Current acclaim is due, at least in part, to the duo’s newfound ability to ...   More
 
Monday, March 5, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Wax Fingers at Doug Fir Lounge, Feb. 9

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Watching Wax Fingers set up shop is a little like watching a seasoned specialist diffuse a bomb. The trio does it with ease these days, having several years of collective experience under its belt. There is no manual, no sticky notes nor color-coded diagram for their sea-like mess of cords and pedals. Just a time-earned wherewithal. Savvy like this comes from twice weekly practice, all the time. ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by MARK STOCK
 

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