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A moving second record from Dark Hollow Bottling Company kicks off a busy summer

Talk about a band stepping up their game. Dark Hollow Bottling Company lead off a busy summer of releases this weekend by moving from being a pretty entertaining and fun string band to putting out a genuinely important second album in American Ghosts
A Dream preferred
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 08, 2012

Putnam Smith laments, We Could Be Beekeepers

Reviewing his sophomore full-length, Goldrush , I accused Putnam Smith of wishing it were 1909 instead of 2009.
Back in black (and yellow)
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 03, 2011

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
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 13, 2011

The Toughcats at One Longfellow Square, February 3

When considering the bands comprising the Portland music scene, in all of its glory, it's easy to forget the Toughcats, because they don't play locally very often.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  February 11, 2011

The Decemberists | The King Is Dead

It may be called The King Is Dead , but the latest Decemberists album screams "rodeo" rather than "royalty."
Capitol (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  January 14, 2011

Photos: Mumford and Sons at House of Blues

Mumford and Sons perform live at the House of Blues on November 11, 2010.
Mumford & Sons | House of Blues | November 11, 2010
By STEPHANIE ROSE  |  November 19, 2010


Tough enough

It’s hard to do genuinely new things with roots music, but the Toughcats have proven with their second album what everybody suspected after hearing their first: They are one of the most creative and inventive bands going today.
Stroll, hop, or Run to the Mill
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 02, 2010

Old-time bangers

The one element needed when revitalizing a neglected canon? Verve. Ever since the Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the trad-acoustic scene a few years ago, they've kept this notion front and center.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops hit the red zone
By JIM MACNIE  |  January 22, 2010

Review: Throw Down Your Heart

Hip-hop, funk, and jazz artists are not the only cats who trace creative roots to Africa. So do such banjo-plucking white boys as Béla Fleck.
Magical mystery tour
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 10, 2009
What's On The Internets?, Rob Corddry, WTF and The Finisher!

What's On The Internets?, Rob Corddry, WTF and The Finisher!

Today we find out What's On The Internets, talk to Massachusetts native, Daily Show correspondent and movie star Rob Corddry, check the WTF Line and...
By Charlie  |  October 20, 2008