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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #32 March-April 2001

Tim Easton – The Truth About Us

Tim Easton steps up in a big way on The Truth About Us. Backed by an impressive cast that includes three-fourths of Wilco, Mark Olson and Victoria Williams, Easton fully delivers on the promise of his 1998 solo debut Special 20. Easton’s move from his native Ohio to Los Angeles provides a fertile source of [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #28 July-Aug 2000

Christy McWilson – A Pickett’s charge

Last winter, Christy McWilson found herself at a crossroads. The country-rock band she fronted for ten years, the Picketts, had ground nearly to a halt. But she was still writing, and had recorded early versions of a new batch of songs with her husband, Scott McCaughey (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E.M.), and other Seattle [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #22 July-Aug 1999

Fernando – Old Man Motel

Old Man Motel kicks off with an old car engine starting, followed by a John Fogerty-esque chord and then a pummeling drum beat. The lead track, “Ride”, is, like many of the cuts here, a smartly structured roots-rock song performed with wonderfully reckless energy. Fernando’s fourth record (including last year’s tasty Pacoima, a side project [...]

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Town and Country - Shorter Artist Feature from Issue #21 May-June 1999

Baseboard Heaters – Fire down below

It’s a typical follow-your-dream story. Rob Stroup was in tenth grade and Matt Brown in eighth when they started playing music together in the small town of Newberg, Oregon. Brown went off to Denton, Texas, for college, where he caught the live music bug following a local band called Ten Hands. His other favorite artist [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Wes Cunningham – 12 Ways To Win People Over To Your Way Of Thinking

So you’re thinking, “What is there new that could possibly come from yet another Texas singer-songwriter?” Well, what if I told you that this record glides comfortably from tuneful Beatlesque psychedelia to funky urban beats to trumpet solos to Hawaiian-influenced guitar to smooth pop vocals to raps delivered in Spanish? And all in the space [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #19 Jan-Feb 1999

Nancy Hess – Away

Oregonians love to complain about the impact of transplanted Californians on their Eden — gridlocked highways, escalating property values, the “Californication” of the urban landscape. But the northbound migration has paid one dividend: an infusion of talent to the Portland music scene. Singer-songwriters are finding they can earn a living and even thrive in Portland [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #18 Nov-Dec 1998

Bob Dylan / Van Morrison / Lucinda Williams – Rose Garden Arena (Portland, OR)

Watching Lucinda Williams step on the Rose Garden Arena stage as the crowd of 14,000 filed in, I recalled the first time I saw her perform, in 1989 at a small club in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her tentativeness that night and almost Sally Field-ish reaction to the crowd’s applause was, at times, excruciating. If [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #15 May-June 1998

Luther Russell – Lowdown World

Though still in his 20s, Luther Russell has already packed nearly a lifetime into his career in music. He absorbed a lot playing in bands in Los Angeles since early adolescence, signing with American Recordings and releasing a record with his former band the Freewheelers. When all that didn’t exactly pan out as planned, Russell [...]

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Miked - Live Reviews from Issue #14 March-April 1998

X – Trocadero (San Francisco, CA)

Who was that dapper fellow in the black cotton turtleneck and closely cropped hair walking onstage with John Doe and strapping on a guitar? Billy Zoom (!), looking fit and not a day older than the last time he performed with X in 1986. On this magic night in a steamy, overcrowded San Francisco club, [...]

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Waxed - Record Review from Issue #13 Jan-Feb 1998

Pete Krebs – Western Electric

Pete Krebs is a musical chameleon who fronts a couple of Portland’s most popular bands: Hazel, a noisy power trio, and Golden Delicious, a spirited gang of old-timey/bluegrass pranksters. But on Western Electric, Krebs gets serious and shows what a fine songwriter he is. The eleven songs here are all worth digging into, performed with [...]

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From the Blogs

  • Your Interview with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris
    A couple of weeks ago, we announced a contest to give away some copies of the Jayhawks' remastered and reissued editions of Sound of Lies, Smile, and Rainy Day Music. In the process, we asked you to pose questions you'd like to see Jayhawks founding member Gary Louris answer. Fifty folks entered and Jayhawk Gary Louris… […]
  • Lake Street Dive Motorboats into the Big Time
    The usual pleasantries open the interview with Lake Street Dive's singer extraordinaire, Rachael Price. There’s a mention of a shared acquaintance and a nod to the band's previous appearances in town, the first before a tiny crowd at Norfolk's Taphouse in 2011. "Oh, I recall," Price says. "That was a very memorable show." I […]
  • No Depression Is Getting a Facelift: A Note About What's Around the Bend
    Ever since we announced that No Depression had been acquired by FreshGrass back in March, we’ve heard from many of you with questions, concerns, and ideas about the future of this website and the community that gathers here. We created a forum topic at that time so we could organize these comments and refer to them frequently, which we have done as we’ve dev […]
  • Instrumentally Speaking...Woodstock Gets Hungry for Music
    In 1992, while he was enrolled at George Washington University, Jeff Campbell had an idea that initially was inspired by a class project. The concept was to bring street musicians and other D.C. music talent together for a concert called Hungry for Music, that would benefit the Coalition Against Homelessness. These concerts were held in 1992 and 1993, and in […]
  • The Jayhawks at Shepherd’s Bush Empire (London, U.K. - July 18, 2014)
    A hot and steamy London night saw the Jayhawks' 1997 touring band play at this iconic venue in support of the recently released and remastered versions of the Sound of Lies (1997), Smile (2000) and Rainy Day Music (2003). The trilogy includes bonus tracks, alternative versions, demos, live takes, new liner notes and unreleased material from the band’s e […]
  • Selwyn Birchwood in Durham Central Park (Durham, N.C. - July 18, 2014)
    If you go to a Selwyn Birchwood show, the dance floor should be packed with enthusiastic hoofers. If not, the young Florida-based guitarist has a back-up plan: To ensure that there's at least one dancer gyrating to the beat, a mummified muppet voodoo doll dangles by his neck in front of the kick drum, hinged limbs jerking with every thump, paying silent […]

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