Concert Review: Portland Welcomes Back Pearl Jam

It’s not very hard to understand Pearl Jam’s passionate fan base. To say they are different is an understatement. Pearl Jam never really does anything like most other bands. They’ve fought with Ticketmaster and dumped their record label, they tour sporadically, sell tickets all at the same price ($65 in Portland), completely mix up the setlist every night of the tour and play three hours of songs featuring less singles and more deep album cuts. Pearl Jam last played in Oregon seven years ago and that was a benefit concert at a much smaller venue and without a marathon run … Continue reading Concert Review: Portland Welcomes Back Pearl Jam

Album Review: Rush Clockwork Angels Tour – Live CD

Was there any doubt Rush’s Clockwork Angels tour would make it on disc? Rush’s acclaimed tour ended this summer but for the nostalgic and those who couldn’t attend one of the shows, Clockwork Angels Tour (released November 19 on CD and DVD/Blu-Ray) is a nice memento to carry around whenever listening to the latest Rush is a must. It’s not the greatest live album but it certainly beats by far the Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland album which is nearly unbearable. Depending on what rumors to believe (Geddy Lee might have had a cold that night?) Lee’s voice is … Continue reading Album Review: Rush Clockwork Angels Tour – Live CD

Concert Review: Nine Inch Nails Rages on in Portland

Nine Inch Nails Sounds so much better live. Gone is the synthetic drum machine, the repetitive beat, and the sometimes it sounds like it was recorded in a tin can sound. That’s not to say the digital version of Nine Inch Nails is bad it’s just that the intensity, the rage and the hard charging insanity is so much more alive in front of an audience. Trent Reznor brought his one-man band (he writes, produces and plays all instruments on Nine Inch Nails albums ) along with five touring members to the Moda Center in Portland on Monday in support … Continue reading Concert Review: Nine Inch Nails Rages on in Portland

Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings Hope to Those Who Listen

Switchfoot never really does anything by the book. In 2007, the San Diego-based rockers cut ties with their major label, built their own studio and began recording on their own. The members claim to be Christian but Switchfoot is not a “Christian” band. Their songs offer substance and complexity your local pop radio would never air. It should be no surprise then on their current Fading West tour that the band’s opening act is their own documentary movie which they showcased on Saturday of all places at Bauman Auditorium at George Fox University in Newberg, OR – 25 miles from … Continue reading Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings Hope to Those Who Listen