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Photos | The Lumineers + Y La Bamba – Crystal Ballroom (PDX)

Photos by Colin McLaughlin [M]ost bands give you a waiting period before they blow up. Time to fall in love before you start to feel like you’ve been slighted by the mainstream for stealing “your band.” Time to walk around with their words in your headphones before you hear those same songs pouring out of a Starbucks as you walk on by. Sorry, Lumineers fans. “Ho Hey” was just that good, so that time was lost to you. Now everyone has a hold of them. Don’t worry though. The Lumineers haven’t let any of this newfound fame and adoration go…

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Live Review | Reignwolf at Cafe 939

Photos by Boston Concert Photography [W]hen I first saw videos of Reignwolf (a.k.a. Jordan Cook) performing live on KEXP, my first thought was “So much soul, emotion and stage presence for someone so young.” That was quickly followed by, “He’s literally beating the tar out of his guitar and it sounds amazing.” As it turns out, this “kid” has been hailed by many as one of the best guitarists in the world and he’s no stranger to being on stage. It seems Jordan Cook has had an axe in his hands since before he could jump (something which he’s obviously gotten the…

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Photos | Stars + Jets Overhead – Aladdin Theater (PDX)

Photos by Colin McLaughlin [T]here are people that are crushed by sadness, and then there are others that hold out hope for what comes after. Stars have always struck me as the latter. The types that will cheers heartache in a concert, because they see our days as a series of beautiful chances. “We wouldn’t have pop songs without it,” they said. I agree, it’s a fair trade, and one that they used to their advantage, no matter how sweet or sour their words ended up being. In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting their performance to be so exuberant. I…

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Photos | METZ + Bison, Bison – Bunk Bar (PDX)

Photos by Colin McLaughlin [T]here is a crown to be won right now in the world of rock. It’s made to fit the band that rages harder, plays louder and pulls more frenzy out of the people that stand before them. Saturday night proved that METZ would wear it proudly, and that they are coming for it. Screams. Shivers. Hurled limbs. This is what rock shows are supposed to be like. They shouldn’t feel predictable. They should pierce you, and make you feel like your negatives have been offered up and stripped away. We lost that for awhile, but it’s alive…

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Live Review | Dark Dark Dark + Emily Wells + The Novel Ideas at Great Scott

photos by @bosconcertphoto [L]ast week we were treated to a nice show at Great Scott. It seems as though a lot of people were excited to see this show, as I arrived at the venue to see a line out the door, even on a cold night in Allston, everyone was excited to see this one. The night was highlighted by Emily Wells’ standout set. She mans the stage entirely alone, creating loops based off of the many instruments she plays while on stage, looping them all together with heavy bassy beats. It’s really something to hear, the elegance of…

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Live Review | The Jezabels (PDX – Music Experiment Show)

Photos by Bobby Lilly [T]here are moments in life that pulsate with possibilities – moments you know will blossom into incredible stories you will happily retell for years. So when someone offers you the opportunity to cover a local opener plus an Australian headliner who are playing aboard a sternwheeler on the Willamette River in a nautical steampunk-themed celebration, you do not refuse. You rearrange your schedule, work out the logistics, and you get on that boat. The aforementioned party was the third of four Music Experiment events scattered throughout the U.S. this year. This was the result of a…

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Live Review | Jack White at the Agganis Arena

Photos by Boston Concert Photography [O]n Friday, September 28th Jack White paid a visit to Boston to promote his solo album Blunderbuss and remind everyone at the show exactly who is in charge. The last time Jack was in our neck of the woods he was behind the drums with his last super-group side project, The Dead Weather, back in the summer of 2009. When I asked fans around the arena if they had been to that show most of them said no. When asked why did they miss a chance to see Jack White in Boston the most common…

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