10 Q w/ Nikki Glaspie of The Nth Power
May13

10 Q w/ Nikki Glaspie of The Nth Power

http://melkovice.cz/images/adidas-yeezy-boost-350-v2-semi-frozen-yellow-sneakers-leak-online/ Interview by Kara Wilbeck Over here at the Portland Metronome, we are super excited for the Nth Power’s return to Portland at Mississippi Studios tonight, Friday, May 13! This weekend, we had the chance to chat with the band’s leader and drummer,  Nikki Glaspie. Check out what she had to say! PM: Being a supergroup of powerhouse musicians, it must be hard to coordinate schedules to tour or record! Do you often have to schedule around shows of other bands you play with, or is the Nth Power everyone’s top priority? NG: The Nth Power is everyone’s top priority, but even still, it is hard to find time to write and record because we are working so much. PM: Your bio mentions that the band was formed from a 3 a.m. jam at New Orleans Jazz Fest. Can you tell the story behind how this jam came about? What were you all doing there, and who else had you been playing with? What was the moment when you realized you had something special and wanted to continue playing together? How long did it take you all to get organized and meet up again as a band? NG: Nick [Cassarino] and I are members of the Jennifer Hartswick band. The keyboard player Rob Marsher and the bass player Dezron Douglas couldn’t make it to jazz fest that year. Jen called me and asked me if I knew the bass player that could do the gig. Of course I did! I called Nate Edgar and said, “Do you want to come down here and play this gig?” He said yes. Then Jen asked me about Nigel [Hall]. She said, “Can he play the gig?” I said, “Yes, he can play the gig.” We did not have a chance to rehearse so at sound check we did a little jamming, and we all looked at each other and were like, this is a band. We started writing and recording immediately. And here we are. PM: Tell me one of your wackiest/wildest/funniest stories from touring! NG: On our tour last fall we were driving from North Carolina to Richmond, Va. Nick was driving and noticed the battery gauge falling quickly and said we were losing power fast. At the next exit there was an AutoZone. Courtney [Smith] went inside and borrowed a computer to find out that we needed a new alternator. He replaced the alternator right there in the parking lot. And we made it to the gig on time. That’s when we found out we had a resident mechanic. We call him Rodney. PM: You’re playing at Mississippi Studios with one...

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10 Questions for Karl Denson
Nov17

10 Questions for Karl Denson

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Review: The New Mastersounds at The Wonder Ballroom, 10/8
Oct30

Review: The New Mastersounds at The Wonder Ballroom, 10/8

Review by Kara Wilbeck For a band with such a specific, dialed-in sound, The New Mastersounds sure do draw quite the diverse crowd. Last night at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, seasoned Baby Boomer jazz heads in collared shirts boogied next to dreadlocked twenty-somethings in faded Phish tees. It’s safe to say that if you’re at a New Mastersounds show, you’re probably a pretty big music nerd- and you know what’s good.  The New Mastersounds bring a polished British sensibility to funk, and at times can lean more heavily into the genre of jazz. Drawing the obvious sound comparison to the Meters, their funk is tight and measured- which is not to say that it doesn’t, at times, let totally loose and straight up rage.  For this show, the band brought out their horns, which is a serious treat and gives their sound some extra body. The band’s ability to maneuver between masterful, clean funk and a dirty, dirty get down is exemplary of their talent. The New Mastersounds are the type of band that makes a musician want to go straight home and pick up their instrument. They appeal to the nerdiest of music lovers and party people alike. Their hype spreads mainly via word of mouth- and those who have seen them tend to talk about them a lot. Trust your friends who can’t stop raving about The New Mastersounds, and get yourself to a show.    ...

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Portland’s Hottest Halloween Shows
Oct20

Portland’s Hottest Halloween Shows

Too old for trick or treat? That doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit on Halloween! Portland loves a good dress up party, and there are lots of great options to choose from! Here are our picks for great Halloween weekend shows in the city: Friday, October 30: Crow and the Canyon and Polecat at Alberta Abbey: Love 90’s TV shows? This Halloween party features your favorite characters and theme songs! 9 p.m., $15/$20, 21+ Turkuaz and The Quick & Easy Boys at the Wonder Ballroom: If you like to get funky, this is the show for you. Brooklyn outfit Turkuaz and Portland favorites The Quick and Easy Boys will keep your booty shakin’ all night long!  9 p.m., $12/$15, 21+ Saturday, October 31: Fruition at Revolution Hall: Portland Americana rockers Fruition will bring a foot-stompin’ good time to Revolution Hall this Halloween! This show will be high energy and will not disappoint. 8 p.m., $20, 21+ Shafty at Star Theater: Portland Phish tribute band Shafty doesn’t need Halloween costumes! They’re well versed at playing spot-on versions of Phish tunes, and even putting their own spin on their shows. 9 p.m., $15, 21+ McTuff at the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge: High-caliber jazz/funk outfit McTuff will bring a serious, serious dance party to the Goodfoot on Halloween. This one is gonna be fun. w/InHalen. 10 p.m.,...

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For Chris Chandler
Sep28

For Chris Chandler

This was supposed to be a review of Brad Parsons & the Local Talent and Polecat, but instead it’s going to be about Chris Chandler. The music was great, but I would give up that show- or every show- a million times if we could just get a do-over of Saturday night. Our fun times seem so insignificant compared to what was lost. I was dancing with Chris not an hour before he was killed. We joked about an air pump he had lent me that kept turning itself on and off in the back of the car. (He told me I could keep it.) We made plans to go hiking the next day. He gave me a huge bear hug. And I had no idea that was the last time I’d ever see him. We all have similar stories about Chris. He was universally kind, inclusive, generous, and positive- and there is no one that could say any different about him. I think we are all realizing now exactly how many people his infectious warmth spread to. I can only hope that I can strive to be as kind, as warm, and as generous as Chris was, and keep his memory alive by working to become a better person. This music scene that we have here in Portland is bigger than just a group of people who share the same taste in music. There is real love here. Let’s all make sure we remember to acknowledge that, and let the people we care about know that we love them. As we struggle to find meaning in something that seems so meaningless, let’s use this experience to strengthen our bonds. Thanks Chris, for everything. Our lives are all better because you were in...

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Fall 2015 Preview: Shows We’re Pumped About!
Sep15

Fall 2015 Preview: Shows We’re Pumped About!

By Kara Wilbeck After what’s usually a busy outdoor music season in the PNW, fall brings us the return to the indoor venue: and lots of great live music! Here are our picks for some of the best shows this fall – be sure not to miss these! Saturday, Sept. 26: Polecat at the Goodfoot Lounge : Polecat is one of our favorite Northwest bands! With a strong base in the Americana/folk sound, they manage to take their music a lot of places, and rock the house every time! Portland guitar badass Brad Parsons and his band The Local Talent open, so get there early! 21+, $10, 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8: The New Mastersounds at the Wonder Ballroom: The New Mastersounds bring a very clean, very, VERY tight funk sound, which is impressive, considering they’re from England and not NOLA. Drawing comparisons to The Meters (among countless other legends), these guys are the real deal. 21+, $20/$22, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14: Dean Ween Group at the Wonder Ballrooom: OK, OK, we know. This show is sold out, and has been for a while. But we’re including it because of the pure awesomeness that it’s going to be, and you should try to get tickets on Craigslist. 21+, sold out, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22: Dave Rawlings Machine at the Crystal Ballroom: This epic string band features the inimitable duo of Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch. You will without a doubt experience some top notch songwriting and picking at this one! All ages, $32/$35, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24: Asher Fulero Band at the Goodfoot Lounge: Local keys master Asher Fulero is everywhere. He plays with pretty much everyone, moonlights as an electronic producer, and still manages to have time for a band of his own. It’s jazzy, it’s funky, it’s rock. Pair this with another local powerhouse, Yak Attack, and you’ve got a serious show here. Probably not the best night to stay home. 21+, 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31: Fruition at Revolution Hall: These local favorites (and Willamette Week readers’ choice for best alt-country band) are going to absolutely tear up Halloween evening at Portland’s newest concert venue! Definitely, definitely come in costume – because most Fruition fans do anyway, even when it’s not Halloween! Under 21 allowed with parent or guardian, $20, 8 p.m. Thursday -Saturday, Nov. 5-7: Greensky Bluegrass 3-night run at the Wonder Ballroom: Three nights! Holy moly! The progressive bluegrass band certainly has a following here, and they always give us a good show. Or shows. You can bet your britches you won’t be disappointed, whether you come for one night or all three. 3-night passes are...

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