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Up close and Personal with Endeavour

It was a regular afternoon in Los Angeles. Sweat running down my chest, the whirling sound of cars racing down Hollywood Blvd, and some sirens echoing far off in the distance. I was partaking in my ritualistic music site search, when I spotted probably the sexiest man I have ever seen next to Bradley Cooper. He was a British drummer in a metal band. Up until that moment, that changed my life I had absolutely no clue about metal music, let alone the entire genre. So this metal newbie was about to go undercover and up-close to an entire new scene of music, in attempts to not only make the drummer know I was his new biggest fan, but to witness if this band could transition from catching my eyes, … Read entire article »

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Ravenna Woods

At times it tends to be frustrating when you can’t find what you’re really looking for in terms of new music. You want to find a band, or solo artist to listen to that makes you pause, makes you look up the lyrics and sit there and pick apart the song. Listen to how it was put together and get a good feel for the bands energy.   Portland and Seattle can be seen as the lands of the aspiring indie artist, the part-time musician with dreams of effortless success and here in Portland there is no shortage of local bands, but at times it seems there can be a shortage of those bands that really stand out and produce the type of music that you can tell took time, took … Read entire article »

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Monogamy Party

I will admit I had not heard of Monogamy party, until recently, when I was perusing the goodtodierecords.com website and came across the name. Honestly, I was thinking what the fuck is a monogamy party and why would anyone want to go to one?  I listened to some of the tracks on their site, as well as a few of their youtube videos and I had to admit I really dug the energy of the music as well as their live performances.   I decided I wanted to interview this band and learn a little more about them and I’m still slightly annoyed with myself that I have never seen one of their shows. This group is from Seattle, which sort of explains it, considering I never seem to leave Portland. I corresponded … Read entire article »

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Take a Joyride with Black Pussy

I’ve often wished I could have been alive to see rock and roll in its’ early stages before there was anything commercial about it. When it was grittier, yet somehow through the dirt and grit it processed a quality that was more honest and pure in its execution. Lucky for me there’s a band like Black Pussy in my city. … Read entire article »

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A Night in with the Lo-Fi Friends

I can admit that personally, more often than not lately, interviewing a band can be considered work. Work with a capitol W.  The kind of work you tend to avoid and put off for as long as possible.   Before you interview a band, you should know your shit, at least as far as being familiar with their music and if possible, who they are as people, its part of the work process. … Read entire article »

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The Builders and the Butchers

The Builders and the Butchers have been singing their apocalyptic brand of Americana since the fall of 2005, and now, three records and hundreds of shows later they’ve proven themselves to be one of the most unique bands around.   Their arrangement is reminiscent of a traditional bluegrass group, picking on banjos, mandolins and acoustic guitars while adding texture with the occasional violin or trumpet, but the contagious energy of their live performance rests in their unconventional rhythm section. By breaking down a drum set and splitting it between two percussionists they bring the explosive spirit of a punk band and when the fatalist croons of vocalist Ryan Solee are added to the mix it results in the liveliest funeral songs to ever come out of the Northwest. The band has been … Read entire article »

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