Since moving to Portland, Oregon in 2008 I’ve been digging on emerging acts like Weinland, Blind Pilot and Blitzen Trapper. But some of top indie rocks acts in the world are also living and working in Puddletown, and their sizable ripples are being felt on coasts near and far. Modest Mouse, The Shins, The Decemberists […]

Carlos Santana is one of my musical heros. He’s also a board member and part owner of premium spirits brand, Tequila Casa Noble. I don’t drink a lot of tequila, and I can’t say that I have ever tried Casa Noble, but now that I know Carlos’ role in the company, I will give the […]

Have you heard New Multitudes, a super group made of Americana torchbearers: Jay Farrar (Son Volt), Will Johnson (Centro-matic), Anders Parker (Varnaline), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket)? The group’s new record is an intimate interpretation of Woody Guthrie’s previously unrecorded lyrics. Parker, who I had the honor of interviewing in Sept. 2008, described his […]

Be The Void, the new album from Philly-based rockers Dr. Dog dropped on Feb. 7th, and the band is out touring and doing radio promos to support it. You can stream the new album here. Sounds to me like the Dog is filling the void, rather than being the void, but it’s clearly all good. […]

We were seated in the top row of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Wednesday night for Wilco, but that didn’t stop us from getting a good taste of opening act White Denim’s 1970s-drenched rock and roll stew. The band from Austin, Texas has been kicking it old school since 2006. I don’t mean to […]

Two weeks ago in Boston, author and speaker David Meerman Scott came off the stage at DMA2011 to hand me a copy of the book he co-authored with Brian Halligan of HubSpot. Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History was my prize for being […]

We’ve been listening to Okkervil River since 2007, when The Stage Names came out. Last night at Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon we go to see the band perform in a beautiful outdoor setting. AgesandAges opened the bill, followed by Okkervil River and The Decemberists. Okkervil River’s founding members became friends at Kimball Union Academy, a […]

I’ve been playing with free streaming music service, Spotify, for a few weeks now (ever since the Stockholm-based service launched in the U.S). I now wonder if there’s a reason to buy music ever again. Spotify does not have every track one might desire in its library of 15 million tracks, but I’ve been able […]

On Tuesday, Dawes’ new album Nothing Is Wrong was released by ATO Records. The L.A. folk-rock quartet recorded the disc at producer Jonathan Wilson’s Echo Park studio late last year in between touring commitments. Jackson Browne appears on the record and band leader, Taylor Goldsmith, says the band was aiming for an “American rock & […]

My cousin Joshua Cain Daugherty came to town last week with Wammo vs. Forsyth, an offshoot of the Austin-based band, Asylum Street Spankers. It’s fun to see Joshua in action as a rock and roll tour manager. For such a laid back dude, he gets the musicians where they need to be, when they need […]

I decided to purchase The Chicago Transit Authority from Amazon the other day and the 1969 release from this hugely popular band is definitely worth the every penny. You might even call the double album a masterpiece of jazz fusion and rock. Released in April 1969, the album (sometimes informally referred to simply as “CTA”) […]

Grateful Dead hasn’t played a show in 16 years. Yet the band just sold through all 7200 individually numbered, limited edition versions of EUROPE ’72: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS in four days. Each box set sells for $450. When you do the math, that’s $3,240,000. And this is merely the opening round. The band will continue […]

Stax/Concord will release the appropriately titled, Man In Motion, from singer-songwriter and rock star Warren Haynes on May 10. The new album is a snapshot of a creatively restless musician who is constantly in artistic motion himself. “Musicians are students for life. We have to continually take new approaches,” affirms Haynes. Here are two tracks […]

Portland is home to several live storytelling events. There’s Mortified, BackFence PDX, Ignite Portland and Live Wire! Radio, to name a few. Last night, we attended the taping of Live Wire! episodes 144 and 145 at Alberta Rose Theatre, near our home in Northeast Portland. The guests included Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch, […]

Lucinda Williams’ new album, Blessed, has been out for two weeks. So there’s no excuse for you not to buy it and put it instantly into heavy rotation on your playback device of choice. Martin Chilton, Digital Culture Editor at The Guardian is fully on board (if that means anything to you). Although she has […]

South By Southwest Music Conference is underway in Austin. I wish I could be there to take in the sounds and sights, not to mention all the BBQ. Guess I’ll have to make do with the free 22-song sampler that SXSW is offering from its site. Whoa is me. The disc features new music from […]

I’ve never purchased an album by PJ Harvey before, but today I did. And I have every confidence that the $7.99 I spent with Amazon.com is money well invested. Here’s a video for “The Words That Maketh Murder,” track number four from the new album, Let England Shake. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian says the […]

Last night at the Alladin Theater, Puddletown music lovers were treated to a feast of Louisiana music, care of Voice of The Wetlands Allstars, featuring Tab Benoit, Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne and other legends of the swampy sound. It was an interesting show, which became more interesting every time Osborne stepped forward to be heard. […]