Concert Review: Gin Blossoms at Snoqualmie Casino

NOTE: For a review of the 25 Miserable Years Tour click here. A rather lazy crowd greeted the Gin Blossoms first show of 2015 on Friday at the Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, WA where the band played a 16-song, 90 minute set in front of about 600 people. A large portion of those in attendance remained seated for much of the concert including folks in the front rows which even singer Robin Wilson tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to get to their feet throughout the course of the show. Granted Gin Blossoms’ music isn’t hard-charging rock but, hey, it’s still the Gin … Continue reading Concert Review: Gin Blossoms at Snoqualmie Casino

Concert Review: Weezer Gets Weird in Portland

What an interesting concept it would be if a band released an album and then on the supporting tour of said album played all the songs. It makes sense. Why wouldn’t they? The band puts in the hard work, records the songs, so if they’re proud of their accomplishment and the tunes placed on the album then why not play all the songs live on the tour? Oh wait a second, that’s exactly what Weezer is doing. Save for some of the classic rockers playing iconic albums in their entirety in recent years bands typically don’t play all or even … Continue reading Concert Review: Weezer Gets Weird in Portland

Concert Review: Bastille Gives Lots of Bad Blood to Portland

English synthers Bastille played a 19-song set on Thursday in Portland bringing a heavy dose of the 1980s to an overjoyed crowd full of young teens along with a parent or two, older teens and a smattering of Reagan-era veterans. With echoes of Depeche Mode, Bastille used heavy synthesizers, little guitar and lots of bass squeezing every drop out of their hit album Bad Blood. Released last year, the multiplatinum record is the band’s only full length release which the band has toured since it dropped. The last time Bastille played in Portland? The couple-hundred people sized Doug Fir Lounge. … Continue reading Concert Review: Bastille Gives Lots of Bad Blood to Portland

Concert Review: The Black Keys Give Portland a Big Treat on Halloween

The likelihood of two teenagers on opposite ends of the high school social spectrum collaborating and creating a successful band is about as probable as the Black Keys gaining mainstream status. But indeed both happened. The Akron, Ohio based duo consisting of vocalist and guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney, along with two touring musicians helping out on bass and keyboards and an occasional second guitarist, played to a decent crowd at the Moda Center in Portland for their Turn Blue tour on Friday with many fans dressed in Halloween garb for the occasion. It wasn’t a sold out … Continue reading Concert Review: The Black Keys Give Portland a Big Treat on Halloween

Profile: Light Club

All Photos: Ashton McKenzie With a little inspiration from his grandfather, Gabe Mouer picked up a guitar in his early teens which helped pave the way to joining the moderately successful band The Welcome Home founded in Olympia, WA. His first band now broken up, Mouer combined those experiences with the added maturity that comes with age and started Light Club. The style of music and the song writing is much less controversial than where the name came from – the coffee shop in Huntington Beach, CA where 70’s cult leader David Berg and his followers often met. Mouer said … Continue reading Profile: Light Club

Concert Review: The Pink Party with Switchfoot

Switchfoot took a side trip on their current tour schedule and delivered an inspired performance in front of about 500 people who attended the second annual Pink Party in Portland, OR on Friday at the Left Bank Annex in support of Breast Friends, a non-profit cancer support organization. The band’s last visit to Portland came in April on Easter Sunday to a sold-out Crystal Ballroom for the first leg of their Fading West tour. That show featured a stepped-up stage production and fans received perhaps the band’s most dominant concert of their career. Friday’s fund-raising show for breast cancer, as … Continue reading Concert Review: The Pink Party with Switchfoot

Profile: Altadore

Portland Indie-rock band Altadore feels like one of those bands you better catch quick before they hit it big if you want to say “I say them when…” Their debut album, Golden Hills, might be just six songs long but oozes rich vocals, catchy guitar licks and overt sentiment. Indeed, founder David Katz, who named the band after the district in Canada where his father grew up, took vocal lessons for six months when he was 18. Now 23, Katz’s efforts behind the mic and guitar lead his band which began as a solo effort but now consists as a … Continue reading Profile: Altadore

Concert Review: Tom Petty Shows Rock and Roll is Still Alive

Tom Petty is probably the only rocker who plays so hard yet seemingly so relaxed. That almost carefree style to playing led to a stellar set on Tuesday as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers nailed down all the radio staples and a few off their latest album Hypnotic Eye for the aforementioned named tour that hit the Moda Center in Portland, OR. It wasn’t a sold-out crowd as the 300 level seats were curtained off giving those ticket buyers perhaps a nice surprise to move even closer to the stage. But the raucous crowd that maxed out the floor and … Continue reading Concert Review: Tom Petty Shows Rock and Roll is Still Alive

Concert Review: Motley Crue Bids Farewell to Portland on Final Tour

If this truly is Motley Crue’s Final Tour – then what a way to go out. Known as much, if not more, for their antics off stage than their music on stage, the Bad Boys from Hollywood played to a massive sell-out crowd on Saturday at the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA just north of Portland, OR. Dubbed “The Final Tour” Motley Crue played a solid 20 song nearly two-hour set of hits mostly from the 1980s and nearly every album represented, at least the ones the original four, and therefore the classic lineup, all played on. Motley Crue … Continue reading Concert Review: Motley Crue Bids Farewell to Portland on Final Tour