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Tower of Song Festival, Eric Bettencourt, and the Outsiders

This is shaping up to be one of the best summers in a long time when it comes to outdoor and festival-type shows.

Music Seen: Gypsy Tailwind at Port City Music Hall

Sometimes "studio magic" doesn't translate well to the stage — especially when 15 musicians perform in a single song. But other times, you wish such large live performances were being recorded for the next album.
It's a kind of magic
By JEFF INGLIS  |  June 26, 2009
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Finding even better days

Gypsy Tailwind have been a slow build. Though Halo Sessions was one of the best local albums of 2008, it seems no one really heard it until 2009, thanks largely to the radio success of "So Lonely," a single whose melancholy bounce was heartbreakingly
Gypsy Tailwind show power and Grace
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 19, 2009

Portland music news: April 17, 2009

Two big shows to watch coming up: That TOWER OF SONG we've been telling you about got approval from the City Council to put on a big festival May 23. So that's on.
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  April 17, 2009

Portland Music News: March 20, 2009

We got a chance this weekend to finally see ALL THE REAL GIRLS in action and we were certainly impressed,
By PORTLAND MUSIC STAFF  |  March 18, 2009

Hello, Boombazi

Boombazi have performed one of the more difficult music magic tricks: They’ve managed to create a funk-heavy sound that isn’t at all dated and actually moves the genre forward.
“Dear Momma, can you say, ‘Revolution’”
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 03, 2007


There is a Light

What began as a pair of Rustic Overtones reunion shows at the Asylum has turned into what you might call a tour.
Is it at the end, or just the beginning?
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 25, 2007

Burn, baby, burn

Jason Spooner’s a real easy guy to like.
Jason Spooner’s smoldering Flame You Follow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 27, 2007

Angels in America

It’s been 21 years since “We Are the World,” and maybe it’s surprising we haven’t seen much like it since.
 Tony McNaboe leads an all-star cast for a holiday single
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 13, 2006
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Get ready for summer, punks

What has already been an active year on the local scene only ramps up for summer.
Releases from Pete Kilpatrick, Emilia Dahlin + Subject Bias are just the beginning
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 14, 2006
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Beat Report: Home is where the heart is

It would be hard to pile up a better local-music resume than Ryan McCalmon has over the past five years, but he probably still doesn't have a full-time gig occupying your attention.
Ryan McCalmon skips town with an R&B lovefest
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 02, 2006