From the press e-mail: "For the fourth year, John Teske and Neil Welch present music among the trees in Seattle, joined by local musicians. The ensemble will perform a number of short works, with room for improvisation to respond to the natural environment, starting at 7:30pm and ending as the sun sets at 8:32pm that evening. Previous years have included performances by soloists, string quartets, and mixed ensembles, including composed pieces and free improvisation. The location is not made publ... more » free.
What’s the sound of major-label compromise and competency? If you said “Broken Bells,” high-five yourself. Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton and the Shins’ James Mercer are seasoned studio pros who write and produce a perfectly anodyne breed of pop music that finds the exact center of the middle of the road and then places a dull beige flower there. Whatever edge and funk Danger Mouse had in his hiphop productions have been smoothed to a radio-ready gleam and a soft toe-tap. Mercer has always possesse... more »
How strong is your Deep Purple lust? Do you want to venture out to Snoqualmie and gaze upon gray, wrinkly Brits (and relatively youngish American guitarist Steve Morse) burning through a grip of songs they’ve been playing for 40 years or longer? Well, when they’re some of the most exhilarating, ’ard, and ’eavy rock tunes ever to blow back your muttonchops, you probably can overlook the potential motions-going-through display and revel in the familiar heroics. Bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Pa... more »
If Kevin Morby's name doesn't ring a bell, you may know him from Woods, where he played bass, or the Babies, the scrappy pop outfit he formed with Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone. The Babies' debut took the shambolic thing too far, but the band hit their stride by their second full-length—just in time for Morby to move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and reinvent himself as a singer-songwriter. Fortunately, he has the goods to hold his own within that overcrowded field. As with the Babies' initial effort... more »
Deep within the mystical redwood forests on the moody Eureka coastline live the ladies of the modern-day girl group the Lost Luvs. Although they mostly perform songs we associate with the genre, what sets them apart from being just a straight cover band is that unlike most singing groups, Lost Luvs’ five women play their instruments while harmonizing, allowing them to make unique arrangements that let the ideal amount of their punk influences from their other bands (such as guitarists/frontwomen... more » $5.
Malian singer/guitarist Vieux Farka Touré is the son of Ali Farka Touré, who is also a famous singer/guitarist. The music Vieux and especially his father play has been often compared to American blues. There is even this idea that the connection between the two forms is biological—blues being in the DNA of black cultures that are separated by a great amount of time and a whole ocean. But one thing is for sure: As with Zairean guitarists and South African singers, Malian musicians like the Tourés... more »
Friday is the first of three days of this four-year-old Canadian music festival, located 45 minutes north of Vancouver and 30 minutes south of Whistler. There are more than 70 bands playing four stages, and even though the marketing suggests people should be most excited about seeing “Very Important Grammy Award®–Winning” artists Arcade Fire and Bruno Mars, the only way I’d willingly cross that strict-as-hell international border would be to catch Detroit rappers Eminem and Danny Brown. I’... more »