EXPIRED – Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Fest! (Giveaway Day 3)
Jul31

EXPIRED – Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Fest! (Giveaway Day 3)

Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Festival! Your Entries 0 Total Entries 11 Days Left Ended We have 4 pairs of passes to the inaugural Mohawk Valley Music Festival, so we'll be giving one away each day this week!! This brand-new festival is located east of Eugene/Springfield, and features, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Pimps of Joytime, Fruition, Shook Twins and so many more! It is absolutely FREE to enter this giveaway! All you have to do is complete ALL 3 of these steps (if you or a friend does not have Facebook, you are welcome to enter the contest via the Giveaways tab on our website): 1. “LIKE” Portland Metronome on Facebook. 2. SHARE this giveaway on your Facebook wall. 3. Click the giveaway link, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your email, and complete your entry! This contest will end at midnight tonight! ** We will NEVER give your email address to anyone EVER! We also will not use your email for anything other than letting you know if you won this contest. Pinky swear.** This contest expired. Powered by...

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EXPIRED – Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Mohawk Valley Music Fest! (Day 2)
Jul30

EXPIRED – Giveaway: 2 Tickets to Mohawk Valley Music Fest! (Day 2)

Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Festival Your Entries 0 Total Entries 6 Days Left Ended We have 4 pairs of passes to the inaugural Mohawk Valley Music Festival, so we'll be giving one away each day this week!! This brand-new festival is located east of Eugene/Springfield, and features, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Pimps of Joytime, Fruition, Shook Twins and so many more! It is absolutely FREE to enter this giveaway! All you have to do is complete ALL 3 of these steps (if you or a friend does not have Facebook, you are welcome to enter the contest via the Giveaways tab on our website): 1. “LIKE” Portland Metronome on Facebook. 2. SHARE this giveaway on your Facebook wall. 3. Click the giveaway link, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your email, and complete your entry! This contest will end at midnight tonight! ** We will NEVER give your email address to anyone EVER! We also will not use your email for anything other than letting you know if you won this contest. Pinky swear.** This contest expired. Powered by...

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EXPIRED – Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Festival!
Jul29

EXPIRED – Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Festival!

Win 2 tix to Mohawk Valley Music Festival! Your Entries 0 Total Entries 5 Days Left Ended We have 4 pairs of passes to the inaugural Mohawk Valley Music Festival, so we'll be giving one away each day this week!! This brand-new festival is located east of Eugene/Springfield, and features, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Nahko and Medicine for the People, The Pimps of Joytime, Fruition, Shook Twins and so many more! It is absolutely FREE to enter this giveaway! All you have to do is complete ALL 3 of these steps: 1. “LIKE” Portland Metronome on Facebook. 2. SHARE this giveaway on your Facebook wall. 3. Click the giveaway link, scroll to the bottom of the page, enter your email, and complete your entry! ** We will NEVER give your email address to anyone EVER! We also will not use your email for anything other than letting you know if you won this contest. Pinky swear.** This contest expired. Powered by...

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NWSS Preview: 10Q with the Shook Twins
Jul16

NWSS Preview: 10Q with the Shook Twins

Interview by Kara Wilbeck Photo courtesy of the Shook Twins The Shook Twins are two of our favorite local treasures here in the Pacific Northwest! As they gain popularity, we Portlanders consider ourselves lucky to have the identical songbirds Laurie and Katelyn right in our backyards. Their band’s fun and magical sets have been a Northwest String Summit mainstay for years, and we’re looking forward to yet another festival with them! In anticipation of this weekend’s festival, we talked with Katelyn Shook about the Shook Twins’ music, their new album, and what we can expect from them at NWSS! 1. Portland Metronome: Your music has a sound that we just haven’t heard before. Growing up and making music together, how did this sound develop in its incubation period? Katelyn Shook: Well, it’s been a long process of finding out sound over the years. When we first started playing music we were covering songs of all genres for no particular reason, mostly if a song was simple enough for us to play and interesting enough for us to “Shookify.” And then out of the chords and harmonies of the cover songs, we crafted our own cheesy originals, which were not good in our opinion now! Over time, we got more drawn to the ambient and eerie sounds that we incorporate in our originals nowadays… and of course adding other extremely talented musicians like Niko [Daoussis] and Kyle [Volkman] helped us compose way more intricate instrumental parts!   2. PM: Your voices sound so similar, but you both have your unique musical personalities. As twins, how have you found ways to explore and broaden your individual styles and talents? KS: Well, Laurie has really expanded and focused on her looping and beat-boxing and percussion over the years, and she has also strengthened her harmony skills being in our side project, Morning Ritual. I have been able to focus on my rhythm guitar and vocal skills through both bands as well.   3. PM:  You are known for playing both daytime and late night sets at festivals – do you play differently depending on the setting? KS: Yes, our day sets are pretty normal… our night sets can be quite interesting depending on the festival! We always try to bring out the grooves for the late-night sets or at least get as dancy and weird as a folk band can be! We’ve been known too bust out some classic hip hop covers like “Gangster’s Paradise” and “No Diggity” and we also feature Niko and his solo project, Cyber Camel. He has some amazingly fun and surprising hip hop-esque originals that we do specially for those late-night festy sets. It’s so...

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A Gorgeous View of (More Than) 4 Peaks
Jul01

A Gorgeous View of (More Than) 4 Peaks

Story by Kara Wilbeck Photos by Alexander Maso Well, it’s official, and I’m not afraid to say it: I absolutely love, love, LOVE 4 Peaks Music Festival! The first time I went to the festival in 2012, it was a drizzly weekend, but the beauty of the place was not lost on any of us. This time around, though, the combination of the gorgeous weather and unbeatable view was overwhelmingly beautiful. It’s really impossible to get tired of the view at the Rockin’ A Ranch, with its rolling grassy hills surrounded by the high desert of Bend, which looks out upon the sprawling peaks of the Cascade mountain range. 4 Peaks was significantly larger this year, thanks to a mass gathering permit issued by Deschutes County. Even with the expansion, 4 Peaks still qualifies as a teensy-weensy festival, and instead of crowding more people in to the existing space, additional campgrounds were opened up for the bigger crowd. I love that the festival promoters know that part of the draw is the easygoing, hassle-free environment, and that they make sure that experience is preserved, even as the festival grows. This year’s music was top notch as usual, featuring mostly string bands with a peppering of funk. On Friday, some afternoon highlights included Polecat and Hot Buttered Rum (who played a handful of seriously awesome covers), and a super-long tent set from The Congress. Poor Man’s Whiskey (who have played at 4 Peaks every single year!) opened up the evening with a rippin’ set of Allman Brothers tunes, before Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk closed out the main stage with a dirty, funky dance party. After the main stage closed at 10, everyone piled into the side stage tent for a late-night set from Whitewater Ramble an accurately self-described “High-Octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass” outfit who kept the party going until it was time to unplug (at which point they continued their set acoustically, to keep the neighbors happy). Even after the end of the scheduled music, the campgrounds at 4 Peaks don’t go to bed! Despite the chilly air, campsite jam sessions went on late into the early morning. Saturday began relaxed and fun, with campground neighbors trading stories and getting together for lawn games. The music up at the stages started early in the day, with highlights such as the Brothers Comatose, Tracorum, and Moonalice. One of my favorite sets of the weekend was from Brooklyn funk band The Pimps of Joytime, who played right before the headlining set on Saturday evening. These guys have been making a huge splash on the West Coast in the past couple of years, and it’s easy to see why-...

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