If there is such a thing as an alt.country/Americana/whatever buzz band, this year it was Shovels & Rope. Heading to Pickathon this year, I was mostly excited to reunite with my Portland folks and drink during the afternoon for a few days. But Shovels & Rope was high on my short list of bands [...]
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August 5-7 at Pendarvis Farm near Portland, OR. Tickets and the info can now be found at www.pickathon.com. Not to be missed!
Yes, it’s been eleventy-three months since Pickathon and I’ve been slacking on keeping up with the blog. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t draw your attention to my other favorite discovery of that weekend, Toronto’s Elliott Brood. I’ll didn’t put Elliott Brood on my must-see list for that weekend but on Sunday morning, while [...]
I’d been tracking The Roadside Graves for a while now, and even ranked their last full-length, LP, My Son’s Home, in my Top 20 of 2009. They’ve been on a roll since then, releasing the fantastic EP, You Won’t Be Happy With Me, earlier this year. So they’d been on my must-see list for Pickathon [...]
Yes, I enjoy making fun of hippies and I don’t particularly enjoying camping. However, I am very much looking forward to this weekend’s Pickathon festival just outside Portland. For three days and two nights, I will sleep on the ground in the woods (or, rather, on a Deluxe Series Thermarest) in order to take advantage [...]
In Portland, indie-pop groups composed of skinny-jeans-clad 23-year old boys seems to multiply exponentially, so it’s always refreshing to hear that some accomplished musicians are making music I might actually want to hear. Black Prairie (love that name) is composed of three members of the Decemberists – Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee with [...]