The Knots in Portland on 07/12/13
Jun28

The Knots in Portland on 07/12/13

Artist: The Knots Date: Friday, July 12th 2013 Time: 9:00pm Venue: EastBurn City: Portland , OR Address: 1800 E. Burnside St. Venue phone: 503-236-2876 Country: US Admission: Free Age restrictions: No Minors Notes: The Knots is: Brad Parsons Jay Cobb Anderson Tyler Thompson Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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Preview: Garcia Birthday Band and Shafty at the Wonder Ballroom 6/29
Jun28

Preview: Garcia Birthday Band and Shafty at the Wonder Ballroom 6/29

Have you ever had someone ask you if you like the Grateful Dead or Phish better? You probably answered that it’s irrelevant, and an unfair question. They’re totally different, right? Local cover bands Shafty (a Phish tribute band) and Garcia Birthay Band (duh) are joining forces to bring us the ultimate in hippie jam band dance parties: a Grateful Dead and Phish tribute night. This whole thing is goin’ down at the Wonder Ballroom on Saturday, June 19! Be sure to get there on time, because Garcia Birthday Band kicks off promptly at 9 p.m., with Shafty “transitioning” to the stage at 11 p.m. We know you’re wondering, and the answer is YES, there will be collaborations between the two bands! According to GBB, the night will culminate in a super awesome surprise encore. Welp, we’re intrigued! Our new favorite light show in town, Lights Up Loud, will be making everything good and colorful for us. So, who’s...

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Jim James Rocks the Crystal Ballroom, 5/14/13
Jun26

Jim James Rocks the Crystal Ballroom, 5/14/13

Review by Derek M. Brown Photos by Jason Charme Who is America’s best live band? This question always stirs up some lively debate and with no definitive answer, can spur lengthy opinionated conversations that sprawl on and on. As music writers, the Metronome staff loves to kick this topic around, be it in back rooms or over bar tops. My answer is always as predictable as it is consistent. My Morning Jacket. The boys from Louisville bring it. Night in and night out, following their fearless troubadour of a leader, Mr. Jim James, the quintet flat-out rock with a ferocity sorely lacking from much of this country’s popular music landscape. With a setlist routinely morphing from stop to stop, MMJ can deliver exciting and unpredictable sets to even the most dedicated of followers. Whenever My Morning Jacket takes a break from the road, Jim James is back at it with his solo act. Because of his band’s live prowess onstage, and Jim’s reputation for melting faces with his 1998 Gibson Flying V, I approached McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom this past May 14 with immense curiosity and considerable expectations.  A buzz of anticipation could be heard as the near capacity crowd waited for the band to take the stage, readily sipping on overpriced ales. A Kentucky band calls for a Kentucky bourbon; and at the same price as some “Hammerhead Red,” it just made since. Two Bulleit-and-gingers later, the night was set to come alive. Jim’s visit, part of a tour in promotion of his debut solo work, Regions of Light and Sound of God, followed a string of sold-out shows at some of America’s premier music venues including the 9:30 Club (D.C.), Carnegie Hall (NYC), Ogden Theater (Denver) and The Fillmore (San Francisco). Regions of Light and Sound of God is not some manufactured sample of music made for consumption and in exchange for profit. It is the auditory concretization of the 1929 graphic novel God’s Man, illustrated by Lynd Ward. James found comfort in the novel after suffering horrific, tour-postponing injuries from a fall at a 2008 concert. The music is meant to be heard in order, continuously, thus the band has performed accordingly, playing Regions of Light in its entirety to begin each show.  Jim and crew came out to a clamoring greeting. As with the prior shows on this tour, James opened with a spooky tone-setting track, State of the Art (A.E.I.O.U.). What followed was an early highlight of the evening. Know Til Now is an arrangement that showcases James’ diverse influences. The smooth, R&B track allows for James to float tubular vocals on the distress of...

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Juno What?! in Portland on 09/27/13
Jun25

Juno What?! in Portland on 09/27/13


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Artist: Juno What?! Date: Friday, September 27th 2013 Time: 9:00pm Venue: Dante’s City: Portland , Oregon Address: 350 W Burnside St. Venue phone: 503-226-6630 Country: US Age restrictions: No Minors Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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Twisted Whistle in Portland on 07/30/13
Jun25

Twisted Whistle in Portland on 07/30/13


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Artist: Twisted Whistle Date: Tuesday, July 30th 2013 Time: 3:15pm Venue: North American Organic Brewers Festival City: Portland , OR Address: Overlook Park Country: US Admission: Free Age restrictions: All Ages Notes: Children under 21 only admitted with parent. $6 for tasting glass, $1 per token. Add to Google Calendar | Download...

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