Patty Griffin Silver Bell

The only thing more heart-wrenching than a Patty Griffin song is the thought of one of her albums gathering dust for 13 years — stuck in record company hell. Freedom has finally arrived for the long-awaited Silver Bell. The … Continue Reading

Moby Innocents

The first song to be released from the forthcoming album Innocents is the Cold Specks collaboration “A Case For Shame,” available from iTunes now as an instant download when you pre-order the album:  The album will be released … Continue Reading

The Civil Wars

Here’s a sneak preview of track two from ‪The Civil Wars‬, “I Had Me A Girl,” in this new behind-the-scenes video. The band’s new self-titled album hits the streets on Aug. 6, 2013.

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KT Tunstall

Here’s the album version of KT Tunstall’s new single ‘Feel It All’ from the album Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon. The album comes out in the US on Aug. 6. KT will be in Portland for a show at … Continue Reading

Blue October

Blue October, the San Marcos, TX-based band known for shimmering rock songs and haunting lyrics on albums such as 2009’s Billboard Top 15 debut, Approaching Normal, 2011’s Billboard Top Ten debut Any Man In America and the Platinum-selling … Continue Reading

Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave are in the midst of their North American tour in support of Nightingale Floors! Hey Marseilles will be opening their show at the Wonder Ballroom on Thursday, July 18.  [highlight]Concert details below. [/highlight]

Rogue Wave Portland Concert

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Cooper & the Jam

We were lucky enough to sit down with Cooper and her sister-in -arms, Brianne, just after they exited the Main Stage at the Waterfront Blues Festival. Buzzing with post-performance exuberance and ready to charge ahead as her career takes off, … Continue Reading

Robert Randolph at Blues Fest

The lyrics “we’re gonna have a good time” and “put your hands up” aptly describe the upbeat atmosphere when Robert Randolph and the Family Band appeared at the 26th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival on Sunday.

A master of Sacred Steel

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Pearl Jam 2013 Concert Tour

Pearl Jam announced today that they will embark on a two-leg, twenty-four date North American tour this fall. Leg one kicks-off in Pittsburgh on October 11 and wraps in New Orleans with the band’s previously announced headlining performance at Voodoo … Continue Reading

Robert Plant

Awesome does not begin to describe Sunday’s headliner at the 26th Annual Waterfront Blues Festival – Robert Plant Presents the Sensational Space Shifters. We felt privileged to welcome a legendary icon to our city.

The band opened with “Babe I’m … Continue Reading

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man is on tour in support of its newly released seventh album, Evil Friends. When it came time to begin work on the seventh album, John Gourley — frontman of Portugal. The Man — thought long and … Continue Reading

Terry Currier, Scott Pemberton and Inessa

Inessa sits down with guitarist Scott Pemberton to discuss his unique playing style and how he got started. [highlight]Check out the interview in the video above.[/highlight]

Scott’s next Portland gig is coming up July 19th at the Doug Fir Lounge.  … Continue Reading

Sea of People at Blues Fest

Sunday Highlights at Blues Festival

We’re heading into the grand finale for the Waterfront Blues Festival. Time flies!  The fine folks at Oregon Music News have a nice rundown of Sunday’s best bets.

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John Lee Hooker

Visualize John Lee Hooker getting into a rush-order white limousine at PDX, and you have the start of a good story. You also have the nugget of a great blues festival – in this case, the Rose City Blues Festival, … Continue Reading

The Pine Leaf Boys

From front porches all over South Louisiana, where Cajun and Creole began, the Pine Leaf Boys brought their particular mix of that delicious Southern potion to Portland’s front porch: the Oregonian Front Porch Stage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.… Continue Reading

Allen Stone

A random meetup backstage at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival yields a backstory on Allen Stone. Listen in as Terry Currier and I chat with Allen Stone.


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John Hiatt

It just keeps getting better: John Hiatt, anyone? Have faith that he’s with a long lineup of awesome artists for your cool-down Saturday at the Fest.

Oregon Music News has a nice list of today’s highlights.

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Eric Burdon

After coming out with a hot new single last fall, releasing a full album earlier this year, and working on a new book, an elder statesman of rock headlines the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland tonight. Rebecca Webb has … Continue Reading

Deschutes Brewery BBQ tent

The smell of BBQ keeps wafting through the air here at the Waterfront Blues Festival. It speaks to us. Resistance is futile. If you’re looking for Sean Marten, it’s a safe bet he’s over at the Deschutes Brewery … Continue Reading

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

With about one hundred acts taking various stages at the Blues Festival this weekend, it can feel a little bit like stepping into Powell’s City of Books — you love it but there are so many choices you don’t know … Continue Reading