Concert Review: Victor Wooten Slaps Some Bass in Portland

Victor Wooten brought his eclectic taste in music to a packed Aladdin Theater on Wednesday night in Portland. The iconic and arguably finest bassist in music today had a full band as he played a string of jazz, funk, jazzfunk, a little bit of rock and an ounce of gospel into a smorgasbord of songs including pieces from his latest 31-track album The Music Lesson. In the short first half, about 45 minutes, Wooten’s bass was in fine form but actually overshadowed a bit by his brother Regi Wooten who is equally adept on the guitar and the beautiful vocals … Continue reading Concert Review: Victor Wooten Slaps Some Bass in Portland

Album Review: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

That didn’t last long. Coldplay’s upbeat almost happy embrace to song writing that defined much of 2011’s anthemic Mylo Xyloto is completely wiped away with Ghost Stories (out today). There is no paradise on this latest effort that is moody, a bit slow and just downright melancholy. What one outlet dubbed the “Divorce Album,” Ghost Stories sounds more like a full length apology from lead singer Chris Martin to his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow. Martin, shortly after he and Paltrow famously “uncoupled” said he blames himself for the breakup but despite the clear anguish of Ghost Stories, rumors already have him … Continue reading Album Review: Coldplay – Ghost Stories

Album Review: Rush ReDiscovered Vinyl Box Set

What a great and overall satisfying purchase the Rush ReDiscovered Vinyl box set is of the iconic band’s first album. Sure it would be any collector’s dream, and even more so the ultimate Rush fan, if the contents in this limited edition release commemorating the band’s 40th anniversary album, were authentic from the past. That of course would costs thousands. But packaged nicely for a mere $35 (Amazon just jacked up their price to $41 – meaning they just added the “free” shipping costs into the price) inside a sturdy cardboard box with the original Rush logo from the first … Continue reading Album Review: Rush ReDiscovered Vinyl Box Set

Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings The Rock to Portland on Easter Sunday

Switchfoot brought an arena style rock concert to a boisterous sold-out show at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on Sunday for their Fading West tour. Lasers, immense stage lighting and rear stage video screens added an element to the performance the band had yet to incorporate into their live show. The efforts along with the usual solid playing fans have come to expect from the San Diego-based quintuplet proved to be Switchfoot’s best ever concert. The evening started with the aggressive “Say It Like You Mean It” from the band’s latest album which was followed by the equally bombastic “Stars.” The … Continue reading Concert Review: Switchfoot Brings The Rock to Portland on Easter Sunday

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