Archive for category: Music

Hell on Earth Tour Review – Exodus, Rob Zombie and Slayer

August 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm Music

Metal has really languished as a category over the past few years, as the heyday of metal has seemingly come and gone.   After the death of Dimebag Darryl from Pantera and Metallica’s overly touchy feely “metal bands have relationship issues, too” docu-drama, the golden era of metal ended with both a bang and a wimper. While metal may […]

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Britney Spears Femme Fatale Tour Portland Concert Review

June 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm Music

“I’m Britney, bitch.” Yeah, but is that enough? After a very full evening of entertainment, including a fantastic set by Nicki Minaj, I find myself wondering if a grand spectacle is reason enough to go see someone live in concert.

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Jack Johnson To The Sea Concert Review

October 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm Music

There’s something magical about seeing a performer at the top of their game. It’s an indescribable quality that permeates everything they do. For Jack Johnson, the To The Sea tour is a clear apex in his career. With several albums under his belt and some significant changes in his life along the way, Jack Johnson has […]

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Arcade Fire in Portland Concert Review

October 1, 2010 at 9:34 am Music

I saw Arcade Fire back in May 2007, the last time they came to Portland, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The venue was perfect, the sound was perfect and the band kept the audience engaged with almost every note. It was one of those magical nights that you always hope for but never can […]

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American Idol 2010 Tour Review

August 22, 2010 at 12:02 am Music

The 2010 American Idol tour made one of its final stops in its national tour with a very clear message: what happens on the series isn’t always reflected when the show is translated onto the big stage.  For some like Andrew Garcia or Big Mike Lynche, this leads to significant disappointments, but for Casey James, Tim […]

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Sting Symphonicity Orchestra Concert Review

June 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm Music

I wasn’t really planning on seeing Sting on his current tour. After a ho-hum show a few years back at the Rose Garden, I decided that perhaps the best shows for Sting were behind him. I find it extremely difficult to watch some of my favorite performers from my childhood struggle to try to recapture […]

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Michael Bublé Concert Review

April 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm Music

A lot of performers have put on a suit, stepped up to the mic and made an attempt at the gold standards. It’s an alluring cannon of music which instantly resonates with a huge number of music fans. The problem, though, when you sing classic songs is that it’s nearly impossible for people not to […]

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Esmee Denters and Honor Society in Portland Review

October 21, 2009 at 12:00 pm Music

What thin line divides a band like Honor Society from the The Jonas Brothers? Why is Miley Cirus selling out stadiums while Esmee Denters plays to a crowd of just a few hundred? Musically you could stand Esmee Denters single “Outta Here” and Honor Society “Over You” against the songs from either the Jonas Brothers […]

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Star Wars In Concert Review

October 15, 2009 at 11:00 am Events, Music

There are many different ways the Star Wars franchise could have presented on the road. I shudder to think of the rejected ideas: Star Wars The Musical, Star Wars on Ice, or maybe even Star Wars The 3D Experience. Of all the possible shows I am extremely pleased that they landed on Star Wars in […]

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DJ Icky Animal's Debut Set – Friday at The Fez

October 1, 2009 at 8:22 pm Music

There are a lot of DJ’s who spin a lot of music in Portland but the debut of  DJ Icky Animal’s (aka Jamie S. Rich) at the Fez Ballroom (lower level) this Friday  is an event which you should absolutely not miss. Jamie S. Rich, a former editor over at Oni Press, is an extremely […]

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