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Sasquatch! A recap

I just got back from the Sasquatch Music Festival at the beautiful Gorge Ampitheater in Eastern Washington. It’s one of my favorite festivals because it always has a fantastic lineup and takes place in an unbelievably beautiful place. But this year I discovered another reason why it’s so great: small bands getting their chance to play for huge crowds. The festival itself welcomes 25,000 people through the gates every day, and the mainstage seats 20,000+. For some of these bands, playing the mainstage at Sasquatch (and even the side stages) is the largest crowd they’ve ever played.

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Review | JBM – Stray Ashes

JBM – Winter Ghosts Montreal born singer-songwriter Jesse Marchant, more commonly known to fans as JBM, just released his haunting new album “Stray Ashes,” a masterful follow up to 2008’s “Not Even In July,” and the years in between releases have seen the Canadian’s fanbase swell. A touring schedule with the likes of Elvis Perkins and St. Vincent, just to to name a few, has also opened new hearts to his captivating sound. He has been compared to one of the greatest singer-songwriters to pick up a guitar, Nick Drake, and that is praise not thrown around lightly. It appears…

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Review | The River and the Road – S/T

The River and the Road – Too Much of a Good Thing Spurred by a submission by one of the bands siblings of a couple of live videos I was desperate to hear Vancouver’s The River and the Road’s self titled debut. I contacted them, and waited. Having to wait while they were putting together the record I played this video again and again. And a month or two later, I had in hand, a full copy of their self titled debut album. Finally. The River and The Road are a two piece Vancouver based Folk Americana act comprised of…

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Review | Jack White – Blunderbuss

words by Ryan Doyon Ok sure, I am still saddened by the demise of The White Stripes. After an amazing 14 year run which produced 6 highly praised studio albums, giving us countless fuzzy guitar infused blues rock, they called it quits in 2011 leaving fans everywhere crushed. Jack White has added his musical one-two punch to many a band over the years but nothing came close to the energy that the Stripes produced in their time together. Almost a year to the date Jack White releases his first solo album, “Blunderbuss.” And it appears he has returned to form.…

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Review | Reptar – Body Faucet

Reptar – Orifice Origami Sometime last summer an EP dropped into by inbox. It was called Oblangle Fizz Y’all, and I was intrigued. Sure enough, that weekend was the August Hurricane of 2011 that hit Boston and Oblangle Fizz Y’all became the soundtrack, phrase (‘Hey, what’s up?’ ‘Oblangle Fizz Y’all!’) and drink (essentially a mojito with carbonated cranberry juice for the fizz of course) of the weekend. When the power, and internet, came on a day later I did some investigating. Turns out the four guys from Georgia were still in college, and had created an EP strong enough to nab…

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Review | Father John Misty – Fear Fun

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings Forget anything you think you know about Josh Tillman. Father John Misty, Tillman’s new project and name under which he released Fear Fun, out today on Sub Pop, is about as far from Fleet Foxes and his seven albums as J. Tillman as you can get. And this is a good thing. A damn good thing. The first single off Fear Fun, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings, is a thrashing folk rock anthem, and the second single off the album, Nancy From Now On, is just as good, and as perplexing as Hollywood Forever…

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Live Review | The Lumineers at Cafe 939

The Lumineers – Ho Hey If you still don’t know who the Lumineers are, let me catch you up. HO! A few years back, lead singer Wesley, and friend Jeremiah abandoned New York City and headed west, settling in Denver. HEY! They took out a Craigslist Ad and met Cellist Neyla and formed The Lumineers. HO! Their sound is the perfect incarnation of stomp-and-clap folk that has become popular over the past few years from bands like Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and The Head and The Heart. HEY! I dare you to watch this video and not sing,…


Live Review | Reptar, Quiet Hooves and Dirty Dishes at the Great Scott

photo credit: David McClister Reptar – Orifice Origami The Athens, GA based foursome Reptar has been described as a ‘synth-based pop’, ‘electro funk,’ and ‘experimental dance’ band. But none of these seem to do the band’s sound justice. In live festival performances, the band throws tamborines across the stage and band members dance in short jean shorts and full-body spandex suits. Their music videos feature talking lips, lazer beams and varieties of fruit. But the one element that comes through whether you’re seeing the band at a festival, watching a music video on YouTube, or catching a small live show,…

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Review | Horse Feathers – Cynic’s New Year

Horse Feathers – Where I’ll Be Portland, Oregon based folk outfit Horse Feathers released their fourth studio album today, Cynic’s New Year. The quintet has always had all of the pieces to make up a great folk group. The combination of fiddles, banjo and strings with lead singer Justin Ringle’s rough but soothing voice have always made Horse Feathers’ sound distinct. But on their fourth album, they have managed to About using dry especially their . Recommend looking. Is make extra free viagra in denver has hair Armani long without order prednisone from canada this It’s a. Wanted…

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