Preview: Leftover Salmon @ Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 10
Oct06

Preview: Leftover Salmon @ Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 10

By Kara Wilbeck Photo by Alexander Maso When a college friend first played me Little Feat’s iconic live album “Waiting for Columbus,” my first thoughts were, “Cool, that was fun!” A couple days passed… then BAM! All I wanted was to listen to “Waiting for Columbus” over and over and over again. Considering that 10 years later it’s still one of my go-to albums, my surprise obsession seems to have been a lasting one. There is really only one other album that’s done that to me, and it’s Leftover Salmon’s “Bridges to Bert.” I went from zero to I-fucking-love-Leftover-Salmon-give-me-more in a matter of days. So when Leftover Salmon recently announced the addition of Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne as a permanent member of the band (Payne had been sitting in with the band on an increasingly regular basis), you can imagine how beside myself with excitement I was – and am. This Friday, Oct. 10 Leftover Salmon will hit the stage at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, which (outdoor venues aside) is the perfect place to experience the band’s signature mix of bouncy, goofy, grassy, heartfelt and straight-up brain-bogglingly psychedelic music. If you’re already familiar with Leftover Salmon, you know that they are self-described as “polyethnic cajun slamgrass.” If you’ve never seen them before, get ready to find out why that is the only reasonable genre description for them. Leftover Salmon will play at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Friday, October 10. Kyle Hollingsworth Band opens. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9. All...

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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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Festival Preview: Four Peaks, June 20 – 22
Jun17

Festival Preview: Four Peaks, June 20 – 22

Don’t get us wrong- we love big music festivals- but it’s hard to deny that the community vibe at a small festival just can’t be beat! A relaxed, easy pace mixed with intimate, up-close performances from top notch musicians makes a small festival feel personal and beautiful.  As anyone who has been to Bend’s 4 Peaks Music Festival knows, this festival is the epitome of small-festival beauty. Located on a gorgeous ranch property with one of the best views in Bend (or all of Oregon, for that matter), 4 Peaks is always a great time!  This year’s festival will be held on June 20 – 22, and the lineup brings us a great mix of bands, from headliners Railroad Earth, to funk outfits Dumpstaphunk and Pimps of Joytime. Perennial favorites Poor Man’s Whiskey will rock the stage two nights in a row, and other great acts like Carolyn Wonderland, Hot Buttered Rum, the Brothers Comatose, Polecat and Moonalice will make appearances throughout the weekend. We are so excited to celebrate the summer solstice in such a beautiful setting, and we hope to see you there! Tickets can be purchased here, and cost $120 – $135. Location: Rockin’ A Ranch, 19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd., Bend,...

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Preview: Papadosio at the Wonder Ballroom, 3/22
Mar20

Preview: Papadosio at the Wonder Ballroom, 3/22

One of our favorite bands, Papadosio, will make their return to Portland this Saturday, March 22! Due to the immense popularity of their last Portland appearance, they’ll be playing at the Wonder Ballroom this time around with support from The Main Squeeze. You can expect an incredible visual experience accompanying the music, as well as some great vibes! Read our interview with Papadosio’s Anthony Thogmartin here. Tickets are $15- $18, and can be purchased by clicking this link.  ...

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Speaking with the Space Dog: An Interview with Bluetech
Jan30

Speaking with the Space Dog: An Interview with Bluetech

Interview by Jack Yaguda Images courtesy of Bluetech Ambient electronic music producer Evan Bartholomew, better known by his DJ moniker Bluetech, will return in February to the Pacific Northwest to promote his new EP release, The Spacehop Chronicles, Vol. 1. Bluetech’s unique sound falls into the rare space of shared appeal for hardcore EDM fans as well as those who are more inclined toward other genres. The Portland Metronome’s Jack Yaguda (known to Portlandians as DJ Guda) spoke with Bartholomew about his latest work, upcoming tour, and his philosophy of social responsibility and connectedness. _________________________________________________________________ Portland Metronome: Could you tell me a little bit about this new EP that’s coming out soon? Evan Bartholomew: The Spacehop Chronicles, Vol. 1. I actually kind of dreamed up the idea on the last tour. I was thinking about getting back to my background in classical music and making really composed and melodic music, and thinking about music more from a melodic story rather than making a track that works on a dance floor. I really wanted to pair that kind of composition aesthetic with proper analog sense and some good down-low beat structures that I had popping around my head. When I got home from this last tour I went into the studio and started making it happen. PM: Did you experiment with any new compositional techniques, new sound sources, or anything like that on this album?  “[I’m] not focusing so much on the tracks, but focusing on making sounds that have an emotional resonance. For me, it’s like a sketchbook kind of concept instead of a painting.” EB: Not really. It was kind of a returning- simplifying my focus, not focusing so much on the tracks, but focusing on making sounds that have an emotional resonance. For me, it’s like a sketchbook kind of concept instead of a painting.  I just allow myself to move and to work and to let ideas move instead of being innerly pensive and focusing on microdetails. Somehow the composition just came out better and much more musical than anything I’ve done in a little while. PM: So [The Spacehop Chronicles] is going to be in four volumes, right? EB: At least four volumes. PM: What was the inspiration for doing it in multiple volumes this time? EB: The inspiration is the fact that I read a lot of graphic novels, and I love this concept of a serialized release, where you get the first piece and you have to wait for the next one. I actually have some plans for the Spacehop Chronicles expanding into a visual aesthetic, and I’m collaborating with a writer as well to tell the story of my character, the Space Dog....

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Initial Northwest String Summit Lineup Announced!
Jan29

Initial Northwest String Summit Lineup Announced!

The initial lineup for the 13th Annual Northwest String Summit has been announced. The festival, which will be held July 17 – 20, 2014 at Horning’s Hideout, will feature several NWSS favorites, as well as some exciting newcomers! Check out the lineup: Yonder Mountain String Band (3 nights) The Motet (Late night) Steep Canyon Rangers Shook Twins Fruition Dead Winter Carpenters Lil Smokies (2013 Band Competition Winners) The Blackberry Bushes Burle & The No Brainers Rumpke Mountain Boys...

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