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No Idea Festival Q&A
In a festival-heavy town, No Idea is a breed apart. Now 14, the free improvisation/experimental endeavor exists outside of music industry mechanics with values rooted in community. Founder Chris Cogburn, himself a percussion and electronics improviser, met up to talk about the driving forces behind the festival he’s curated since 2003.

9:00AM Thu. Feb. 16, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Red Fang Sinks Its Hooks In
Red Fang has risen steadily over the last decade. Credit the Portlanders’ goofy videos, a dedicated road ethic, and their hooky, dissonance-spiked stoner rock landing on Late Show With David Letterman. Guitarist Bryan Giles called from San Francisco on opening night of a tour with Torche and Whores, all appearing Friday at Mohawk.

9:00AM Wed. Nov. 23, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Carcass
Closing the inaugural Sound on Sound as the only extreme metal band to perform – going on a half-hour after its 11:40pm slot and playing to a grounds nearly emptied by thunderstorms eight hours before – Carcass faced only a small crowd of diehards. The situation didn’t dampen the Liverpool quartet’s spirit anymore than did the rain.

1:50PM Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Bob Mould
Bob Mould relies on a simple formula: smashing pop hooks and sweet melodies against a concrete wall of slamming drums and painfully loud guitar. Just after 8pm Sunday, after the rain stopped, he cleared a sonic path through a suddenly primordial Sherwood Forest.

12:20PM Mon. Nov. 7, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Girls Against Boys
Girls Against Boys at Sound on Sound arrived as the kind of booking its literal and spiritual predecessor Fun Fun Fun Fest was predicated on: a reunion or rare performance by a beloved Eighties/Nineties alternative rock cult that makes both twentysomethings and fortysomethings realize how much they’ve missed.

12:10PM Sun. Nov. 6, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

Sound on Sound Review: Guided by Voices
Guided by Voices shows remain much like those by the Grateful Dead: No two are alike, and fans follow them religiously (at least online) to see what gems bandleader Robert Pollard might pull from his four-decade inventory.

11:25AM Sat. Nov. 5, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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Sound on Sound Review: Midgetmen Perform This Is Spinal Tap
A festival keying on the incongruity of punk, metal, indie rock, and hip-hop in a medieval theme park needs a zany opener to properly kick things off. Taking the stage next to a cheesy castle, the Midgetmen were happy to provide that experience with a rip through classic rock comedy This is Spinal Tap.

10:20AM Sat. Nov. 5, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

SOS Q&A: Carcass
These Liverpool extremists made their mark in the mid-Eighties as pioneers of both grindcore and death metal. Bassist/vocalist Jeffrey Walker and guitarist Bill Steer resurrected the act in 2008 after a 13-year hiatus, scenery-chewing thrash intact. We emailed the principals as Carcass rampages across the U.S. on the way to Sound On Sound this Sunday.

3:15PM Thu. Nov. 3, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

ACL Review: Kacey Musgraves
Sunday afternoon, Kacey Musgraves took to a Samsung stage that was decked out in neon cacti in front of a desert sunset backdrop. Despite the Old West cliches, the East Texas native from Golden brought with her concerns prompting a huge crowd: How to balance small-town values she grew up with a more expansive view of the world?

10:45AM Mon. Oct. 3, 2016, Michael Toland Read More | Comment »

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