Concert Review: Toad the Wet Sprocket Takes Portland Fans for Granted

This would have been a review of the Todd the Wet Sprocket concert at the Aladdin Theater on Thursday night in Portland however the worst snow storm in years to hit the Portland-metro area pummeled the city. Quite surprisingly, Toad the Wet Sprocket opted to go on with the show. Who knows how many people arrived, and arrived safely, though based on only one audience photo released and linked to on the Aladdin Theater Facebook page the would-be sold out crowd was not sold out. Not even close. There’s more to life than trekking through hazardous weather conditions for a … Continue reading Concert Review: Toad the Wet Sprocket Takes Portland Fans for Granted

Review: Rush Clockwork Angels Tour – DVD/Blu-Ray

You’d think a band renowned for its consummate professionalism would think twice before hiring an amateur videographer. The Rush Clockwork Angels Tour on video (DVD and Blu-Ray) is simply unbearable to watch. It’s not the audio, mind you, which is the saving grace of this poorly shot, directed and edited movie that miserably failed in its attempt at capturing the latest Rush tour. The movie actually starts out quite promising. Filmed in Dallas, TX in 2012 at the end of the first leg of the Clockwork Angels Tour, the video begins with a sound check as band members Alex Lifeson, … Continue reading Review: Rush Clockwork Angels Tour – DVD/Blu-Ray

Profile: The Slants

The Slants made national headlines earlier this year with their lawsuit against the United States Trademark and Patent Office. The government denied the band’s trademark registration because the Trademark Office considered the term “slant” to be a disparaging term for Asian. But for those who live in Portland, OR this all-Asian American band is nothing new. In fact, the band, which is heavily influenced by music from the 1980s, boasts a strong core following and produces a live show that is “not to be missed.” The five members describe their sound as “Chinatown Dance Rock” and they’ve toured with Girl … Continue reading Profile: The Slants

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

Album Review: Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Reflects the Past and Present

Pearl Jam released Lightning Bolt on Tuesday, their 10th studio album and first in four years. The Seattle-based grunge-rockers chart a bit of new territory on Lightning Bolt and take an almost drastic departure from 2009’s effort Backspacer and much of its predecessors. Whereas Backspacer and 2006’s self-titled Pearl Jam give an almost immediate satisfying listen with mostly quick-paced songs Lightning Bolt as a whole slows the tempo a bit and offers more substance than the sometimes repetitive guitar chords and loud, 1-2 punch crashing percussion oft displayed on previous albums. Pearl Jam Lightning Bolt Review The first three tracts … Continue reading Album Review: Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt Reflects the Past and Present

Album Review: Rush Hemispheres on SACD

Hemispheres, Rush’s last album featuring a sidelong title track, is the latest to receive Audio Fidelity’s remastered touch on the SACD format. It was originally scheduled for release in August but got it’s due last week, not to coincidentally when Vapor Trails received new life with a complete remix overhaul. Hemispheres, released in 1978, in many respects represents the final sound of what would define 1970s Rush. The album represented the third and last of the band’s concept albums that included one song divided into sections. (Rush took another 34 years to release a concept album, Clockwork Angels, but without … Continue reading Album Review: Rush Hemispheres on SACD