Live Reviews

Horse Feathers Live in Pullman

Someone once told me music is a spiritual experience; to listen to it is to allow ourselves to become a part of something intricately beautiful, difficult, and communal. Indeed there is something irrevocably spiritual about the music of Horse Feathers; a depth and lushness in their simple tone and candor that lifts us into a… Continue reading Horse Feathers Live in Pullman

Live Reviews

Jared Mees & The Grown Children: Live at Baby Bar [10.06.10]

Located in the heart of downtown Spokane sits what might possibly be the most ill coordinated bars on earth. Yes, for an act to play “Baby Bar” (the actual bar area only being a 12 ft by 12 ft room), actually means you will be squeezing you and your gear into a devastatingly small spot… Continue reading Jared Mees & The Grown Children: Live at Baby Bar [10.06.10]

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Finn Riggins: Live at The Empyrean [09.04.2010]

The night air is getting chillier here in downtown Spokane. Summer is officially winding down. School started this week, but every hip cat from Lewis & Clark down to Shadle Park High seemed to be at The Empyrean this night. It was obvious they were here mainly in support of a few of their friends,… Continue reading Finn Riggins: Live at The Empyrean [09.04.2010]

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Show Recommendation: The Mallard

Adorned in a heavy, lo-fi reverb, The Mallard plays light, fluffy garage pop music that a few friends have been raving about of late. They hit me up, thinking I’d like it, and they were right. The band boasts four members; what’s unique, however, is that they all belong to the same body. The body… Continue reading Show Recommendation: The Mallard

Live Reviews

The Fenbi International Superstars: Live At The Hop & Vine [08.05.10]

The stars aligned, and the patio was full. It was another beautiful cigarette burned night in the great city of Portland. And gracing the stage on this weekend’s eve night was none other than one of the finest gaggle of neanderthals to grab a few instruments, as well as a few dozen pints, and put… Continue reading The Fenbi International Superstars: Live At The Hop & Vine [08.05.10]

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The Oregon Donor: Live At The Empyrean [07.22.10]

Directly across the street from The Empyrean’s new location stands a major franchised coffee shop that can very well remain nameless (although, not Starbucks). But, there doesn’t seem to be a gathering of Spokane’s youth decked out in their finest Value Village attire outside of their shop on this fine July night. Is the coffee… Continue reading The Oregon Donor: Live At The Empyrean [07.22.10]

Live Reviews

The Hive Dwellers: Live at What The Heck Fest 2010

My first Calvin Johnson live experience was in Moscow, Idaho at a little cafe. He stood on this little rickety wooden chair that looked as though it was about to collapse. The room was dark and he towered over everyone. He hit The Business on Saturday at What The Heck Fest and, like that first… Continue reading The Hive Dwellers: Live at What The Heck Fest 2010

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The Gift Machine: Live at What The Heck Fest 2010

The Gift Machine is Dave Matthies, who has been writing, recording and performing under the moniker, to my knowledge, since at least 1999 when a track or so of his appeared on a now out of print EP adequately titled Stuff Vol. 1. As many projects with roots in Anacortes and Olympia go, this one… Continue reading The Gift Machine: Live at What The Heck Fest 2010

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James Taylor & Carole King: Troubadour Tour Live in Portland

Some people grew up with The Beatles or The Beach Boys. Others with Neil Young or the Stones. Some even grew up with AC/DC. In my household it was always James Taylor. My dad was obsessed with the man; no other artist yielded more playing time on the record player (and then later the CD… Continue reading James Taylor & Carole King: Troubadour Tour Live in Portland

Live Reviews

The Album Leaf: Seattle, WA [2010.02.06]

All photos copyright Sara Montour. Words by Fense. There’s a personality to The Album Leaf that is unquestionable. Their melodies are sweet, adorned with pleasing and hypnotic, dreamy rhythms. Split between swirling dulcet instrumentals and love-at-first-sight vocal tracks, they truly are a band of which to take note. And they have been for some time.… Continue reading The Album Leaf: Seattle, WA [2010.02.06]