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Steve Martin to give Portland the Bird
Things that are important to understand going into Steve Martin's bluegrass performance, backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers, at Merrill Auditorium: 1) The music is dead serious. 2) So is the comedy.
Steep and deep
| May 13, 2011
The Big Hurt: Shill crazy
You know, I might stop following real music journalism altogether. Press releases are so much better. Just when I start thinking it’s a slow week in silly pop news, I check the PR wire — a/k/a the bottom of the barrel — and dig up two of the greatest ite
The week in corporate sponsorships
| May 21, 2010
Study shows country music is still just awful
You know what I haven't done in a while, for plenty of very good reasons? Listened to the whole cotton-pickin' Billboard Hot Country chart! Yee-haw!
| February 10, 2009
Please release me
If you were looking for important, well-reported, or even marginally interesting music news, you probably wouldn’t be reading my column.
The Big Hurt: The week in awful press releases
| June 24, 2008
It’s as if he were trying to impress mom while keeping the kids at bay.
Free Life | American/Sony
| November 19, 2007
Meanest of times
The field looks as if it’s been hit by a terrible disaster.
Politics and other mistakes
| November 07, 2007
Chairmen of the boards
Not unlike Swedish, Tagalog, and Esperanto, music is a language, with its own conjugations and (lewdly) dangling participles.
Our critics pick the 14 producers with the fattest, meanest beats
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| October 18, 2007
“Savannah” would be better
Why does the six-minute-plus final track, “Go On,” full of nothing but guitar, vocals, and a little harmonica, seem like our first introduction to the real Joe Farren?
Joe Farren would just get in trouble in Atlanta
| August 29, 2007
Florida lawyer/video game scapegoater Jack Thompson has it all wrong.
Champ versus chump in The King of Kong
| August 22, 2007
At home with home
Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
| May 30, 2007
You can call Patty Griffin a singer-songwriter if you must, but don’t expect her to tell you exactly what that means.
Patty Griffin modestly hits a new peak
| April 17, 2007
Slide into extinction
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing the designation of a new endangered species.
Politics and other mistakes
| March 28, 2007
Mary Chapin Carpenter
She’s still seeking a truce between the inner and outer forces that pull and tug.
The Calling | Zoë/Rounder
| March 06, 2007
Shut Up and Sing
“Who are the Dixie Chicks, anyway? They should shut the fuck up.” Watch the trailer for Shut Up & Sing (QuickTime)
Proves freedom of speech is alive
| November 15, 2006
Pedro, Borat, and a castrato
As usual, dedicated film critics were too occupied seeing four or five movies a day to note the swarm of A-list celebrities at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival.
The 31st Toronto International Film Festival
| September 20, 2006
On the racks: August 29, 2006
. . . plus Method Man, Motorhead, and Pete Yorn
Tego Calderon, Bob Dylan, Ray LaMontagne . . .
| August 30, 2006
Gritty in Pink
Why does she inspire in me the occasional death wish? Slideshow: Pink at Avalon
Pink at Avalon, July 18, 2006
| July 20, 2006
No other performer has been as vilified as the Dixie Chicks were for speaking out — and they wouldn’t have been if they hadn’t made their name in the conservative space of mainstream country music.
The Dixie Chicks hold their ground and then some
| June 06, 2006
Going on sale: June 2, 2006
String Cheese Incident, Dixie Chicks, Daniel Powter, the Pretenders, and a Mariah Carey/Sean Paul double-dip
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade
| May 31, 2006
On the Racks: May 23, 2006
Plus new releases by Osaka Popstar, PJ Harvey, and the American Idol kids.
Def Leppard, Dixie Chicks, Damone
| May 23, 2006
Let’s click off the arguments against country superstar Toby Keith.
White Trash With Money | Show Dog Nashville
| May 08, 2006
When I’m looking for a true story, with a toe-tapping score, a plot, characters, conflict, and — sometimes — resolution, all set to music, I’m looking for one thing: country.
The search for a country music scene
| February 24, 2006
Last year should have been a very good one for Yellowcard — five guys in their mid 20s who had seen their under-the-radar, Los Angeles–based indie pop-punk band evolve into a multi-platinum major-label behemoth in less than two years.
Yellowcard’s Lights and Sounds profits from pain
MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG
| January 27, 2006
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