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Dr. Dog Shame Shame by Rachel Kipnis On Sunday, October 31, University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly hosts Halloween at the WOW Hall featuring Dr. Dog along with special guest Good Old War. This is Dr. Dog’s continued tour of Shame, Shame, which started in New York last January. Shame, Shame is Dr. Dog’s fifth album. “There was this feeling inside me going into making this record that we’d never made an album before,” says guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog’s

Shame, Shame, their Anti-Records debut and the first album made outside the safe confines of their home studio. “Four albums ago, we set out with this unspoken or unconscious mission, and I feel like we accomplished that to our own standards of fulfillment. With our last record [2008’s Fate], there didn’t seem to be the next logical step... It felt like a closed book.” Dr. Dog has been known to create their albums layer by layer, mostly in their Philadelphia studio, but now pride themselves on their incredible live




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performances. They wanted to document the new dynamic they had developed on the road. In Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) they found the producer they now wanted. With his help, the intricate arrangements of Fate were peeled back to reveal the raw immediacy of a tight five-man unit honing their craft. Along the way, what could have been merely a live-in-the-studio detour became nothing less than the culmination and unification of everything they’d done to that point. Founded on a creative

relationship whose roots stretch back to when McMicken and bassist Toby Leaman met in the 8th grade, Dr. Dog was officially established in 1999 with the Psychedelic Swamp record. Their hometown following had already made Dr. Dog a Philadelphia phenomenon when My Morning Jacket took them on their first tour. 2005’s Easy Beat was greeted by a wave of positive press. By 2007, their album We All Belong was earning the band opening slots for Wilco and the Raconteurs and they were turning up all over late night television. They upped the ante with their sonically ambitious Fate and started headlining their own tours. By the spring of 2009, the treadmill had run them ragged, and their new songs reflected a life spent with the nagging realization that things were out of a balance. “I think that’s a lot of what this album is about,” says Leaman. “You see your friends and you wonder how close you are to the people you feel close to, because maybe you haven’t seen them for months and months. I’m not complaining, because this is all we’ve ever wanted, but it’s a disorienting way to live.” Their most openly autobiographical release, Shame, Shame is an album whose dark themes are soothed by bright harmonies, taut guitar riffs and

soaring melodies. Past stylistic references remain, but the tone is entirely different, with doubt, confusion and unanswered questions. Yet once you dig deeper into Dr. Dog’s new album you realize the maturity that has grown throughout their past albums, and it shows through their music. It’s the sound of Dr. Dog writing their next chapter. “At this point, we’ve set out this buffet for ourselves, but we first had to cook that food and figure out what our tastes are,” McMicken says. “Now it’s time to dig in.” Good Old War is Keith GOODwin (vocals/guitar/ keyboard ), Tim ArnOLD (vocals/ drums/accordion) and Dan SchWARtz (vocals/guitar). The Pennsylvania indie-rock trio is touring their second, self-titled album. A natural evolution from the band’s debut Only Way to Be Alone (Sargent House), Good Old War is an album made with great conscientiousness to live performance; all arrangement on the record can be performed live and there are no guests. Since it’s Halloween, it would be a Shame if you didn’t wear a costume and a double Shame if you don’t get into the show. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. ★

Blue Scholars Go With The Flow School is back and so are the Blue Scholars. U. of O. Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA welcomes Blue Scholars for two shows — Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22 — both featuring special guests Grieves with Budo. Filmmakers create movies. Bloggers report the news and shape public opinion. Explorers travel the globe, seeking out new cultures and sharing experiences. DJs and producers craft beats and tracks using an alchemical mix of audio artifacts and imagination. Rappers fashion rhymes and navigate the cadences of vocal delivery characterized as “flow.” Blue Scholars do all these things — and a lot more. First and foremost, DJ/ producer Sabzi and MC Geologic are a music group. They do the fundamental things bands have done for decades: make records and play live shows. But those are just points in Blue Scholars’ ever-expanding universe. Blue Scholars informally call their music “cinema art rap,” yet most folks will probably just hear it as smart 21st century pop. The duo is constantly churning out new missives as quickly as inspiration hits them, disseminated via the Internet. Whether provoked by current events like the passage of Arizona’s Immigration Law SB1070 (“Joe Arpaio,” credited to Geo’s alter-ego Prometheus Brown), or contemplating how the Future went from a sparkling wonderland of flying cars and personal jet packs to a post-apocalyptic wasteland shot in shades of ash and bone (“Paul Valéry”), Blue Scholars react to real events in real time — with music that sounds fresh because it is.

Since 2002, Blue Scholars have been based in the 98118, decreed the most ethnically diverse zip code in America by the 2010 Census. Like the greater Seattle region, that neighborhood embodies the multicultural miasma that spawned Blue Scholars, the joining of forces between an Iranian DJ/producer and a Filipino rapper. “So many people never get the opportunity to see anything beyond their immediate environment,” says Sabzi. “We’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to establish real human connections with people we’ve discovered aren’t really any different from us, because music has broken down the superficial barriers that would otherwise keep us apart.” Since 2002, the duo has become renowned live show veterans, rocking over 400 shows and supporting such acts on tour Zion-I, Hieroglyphics, and The Coup on tour. They’ve also

played labor organizing conferences and youth-run community center shows, the main stage at Sasquatch! (2006 & ‘08) and Bumbershoot (2006), and in 2007 headlined their own Northwest Hip Hop festival, “The Program,” which sold out five nights in a row. Their discography includes the albums Blue Scholars (2004) and Biyani (2007), as well as the EPs The Long March (2005), Joe Metro (2007), BUTTER&GUN$ (2008), and OOF! (2009). Fresh off a tour with Atmosphere, Grieves and Budo are offering their latest five track collaboration Grieves & Budo remix Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez as a free download at http:// Blue Scholars sold out when they last played the WOW Hall in April, so this time they are sticking around for two shows. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. ★


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Floater’s Wake Not to worry! Floater is alive and kicking!! The Portlandbased psychedelic pop-rock outfit is hitting the road to support the release of their eighth studio album, Wake (Typhon Records) and will be returning to the WOW Hall for an acoustic show on Sunday, October 17, with special guest Lucy Schwartz. Consisting of front man/ bassist Rob Wynia, guitarist Dave Amador and drummer Pete Cornett, Floater’s roots are rich and firmly planted in the Northwest, helping to account for the fact that they are one of the region’s top-drawing acts. The band began their career in 1993 and for the first six years of their existence called Eugene home. However, their strong roots are only a partial reason for their fan base. To maintain old fans and generate new ones year after year, you need more than just luck. You need a constantly evolving sound that is both truly your own and always exciting. Floater lives up to this with Wake, a twelve-track collection of melodic, pop-laden psychedelic guitar-rock decked out in chunky guitar riffs, primal drumming and soaring vocals. From the opening psychedelic swirls of “Concentrate”, Floater makes it known that Wake is meant to be turned up and played loud. “Wondering” is a song that some Floater fans may decry as just too “pop”. The album’s instant single, it’s a two-minute ditty that bounces and shakes just as much as it hits and pounds, with memorable verses and an unshakable chorus. And, though it may not be typical Floater, it’s still Floater. For those that think “Wondering” is an indication that Wake is Floater veering off into more purposely commercial territory, one listen to “Broken Toy” will prove that the band hasn’t mellowed or lost its edge — it’s hard-rock antics drenched in the band’s cutting psychedelic and characteristic melodic twist. “White Dress”, the album’s haunting, mid-tempo number, will bring things down a bit, as Wynia sings, “Tina wore a white dress, she didn’t know it was a funeral,” delivering a spellbinding, tear-jerking


tale of personal tragedy and a diminished future. Much like Floater, which has always been and meant different things to each listener, leaving room for their audience to take different things from the same song, so does the album title. “I think we were all fond of the different feelings that everyone had about it,” comments Wynia on why they named the album Wake. “Some saw it as referring to a post-funeral, when you go over someone’s life, and some saw it as waking up from slumber. Others saw it as the trail left behind in the water. “Lyrically, there is a lot of material in these songs that is about coming out of different kinds of shells. Sleep, fear and depression are all kinds of tombs and the transition out of those things is what we’re hoping to put across. The energy, the excitement, the vitality of it.” When all was said and done, the band made the record they wanted to, on their terms. “There is a sort of unashamed, just straight forward rock to these songs that will probably really bother people looking for shoegazer music,” Wynia laughs, but with a serious tone to it. “If, on the other hand, you listen to it nice and loud and yell along in your car, I think you’ll dig it.” Long live Floater!!!

Lucy Schwartz Her latest CD, Life in Letters, introduces the new 20 yearold face of Lucy Schwartz, but listeners may already know her voice — it’s graced movie theaters and TV sets across the country. “Darling I Do” is one example: Lucy created the love theme to Shrek Forever After and performed the song with her cowriter Landon Pigg on The Tonight

Show with Jay Leno. The Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has also written for numerous films including Mother & Child, Post Grad, Adam, and the Meg Ryan comedy The Women, for which she created songs while still in high school. She recently penned the international theme song for Parenthood, and her songs have been featured in more than a dozen hit television shows, from Grey’s Anatomy to Make it Or Break It; ER to Brothers and Sisters. For Schwartz, who sang the hilariously campy jingles “Mister F” and “For British Eyes Only” on Arrested Development, drama comes naturally. “I did a lot of theater growing up,” says the effervescent Lucy, “so I like the idea of escaping into a character and becoming someone else.” Now, Life in Letters establishes Lucy Schwartz as a major talent, big and bright and bursting with energy. She recorded the album with producer Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Paul McCartney). A fan of Matt Hales – aka Aqualung — Lucy contacted the brooding Brit to sing with her on “Seven Hours”, which is included as a bonus track on Life in Letters. The tactic worked again for the “Graveyard” video: after marveling at an episode of So You Think You Can Dance, she wrote the show’s Sonya Tayeh and asked her to choreograph the video for “Graveyard”. Tayeh accepted: now Schwartz uses

her moves in the clip, twirling and jumping through a smokemachine haze. “I like to have everything just the way I’d imagined it, from the artwork to the visuals to the songs,” she admits. “You might call me an artiste,” she proclaims in a haughty French accent. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00. ★


The Corin Tucker Band Corin Tucker is a wife, a mother, a songwriter, a singer, an artist devoted to identifying the sound of real life and turning it into music, and her sound is true. The Sleater-Kinney front woman is supporting the release of her first-ever solo album with a brief trip down the west coast, including a show here in her home town of Eugene on Saturday, October 9, with guests The Golden Bears. Tucker’s album was recorded at Little Golden Book Studio in Northeast Portland and is being released October 5 via Kill Rock Stars. The band is Seth Lorinczi playing bass, keys and percussion and Sara Lund on drums. The new record began with the same surprise turn that started Corin Tucker’s career back in 1991, ended Sleater-Kinney’s 11-year year run in 2006 and inspired the punk-feminist rocker to redefine herself as a stay-athome mom. It was early 2009, and Tucker was performing at a benefit show in Portland, airing out a couple of new songs. Another benefit — and another pair of unheard tunes — followed a few weeks later. The reaction from friends, fans and perfect strangers was unanimous. “Everyone was saying, ‘Oh, it’d be cool if you made a record’,” Tucker recalls. “So I thought, ‘Yeah! I should!’” A year and change later, 1,000 Years reveals the one-time Riot Grrrl as she is nearly twenty years after she began her career: as a full-grown Riot Woman. Only now the hard edges come nestled in lush weaves of acoustic guitars, keyboards, interlocking percussion, even cellos and violins. “That’s the artistic, itchy personality,” Tucker says. “You’re constantly trying to do something different.” Tucker’s own restless existence came into focus in Eugene. Young Corin grew up harmonizing along to her dad’s guitar. Dad’s music always came laced with politics, and their ideals found a new home in Corin, at least when it came to the connection between music, protest and the pursuit of social justice. Corin’s departure for Evergreen College in Olympia kick-started her musical ambitions. “There was a music scene up there, this whole riot grrrl revolution, and I wanted to be a part of it.” In the Olympia of the early ‘90s the most exciting bands were by, for and about women: Bikini Kill, Team Dresch and dozens of others. The music that emerged – fast, jagged, full of fire – gave full voice to a community of women whose feminist theory was loud enough to rattle the windows and shake the ceiling. By the end of spring, Tucker was in the process of forming her own all-woman band, Heavens


to Betsy. Immediately accepted into the top rank of Olympia’s riot grrrl bands, Heavens To Betsy released a 7-inch single, then a full-length album. But by the time Tucker graduated from Evergreen – Heavens to Betsy had run its course. Tucker had already started jamming with another Olympia singer/guitarist, just for fun. And once Tucker and Carrie Brownstein played a few experimental shows they both knew they had found a uniquely powerful partnership. “We could just tell,” she recalls. “It just blossomed into a whole new band.” Named for a nondescript road near Olympia, the duo at the core of Sleater-Kinney released a self-titled album in 1995, followed a year later by Call the Doctor. Sales got bigger, tours went farther. The Hot Rock hit the Billboard charts in 1999, and 2000’s All Hands on the Bad One climbed even higher. In 2001 influential critic Greil Marcus capped a Time Magazine feature by declaring Sleater-Kinney the best rock band in America. Sleater-Kinney made videos for MTV, then popped up on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. After touring in 2006, SleaterKinney agreed to a hiatus. Meanwhile, Tucker settled down with filmmaker Lance Bangs and in 2000 they married. Their son, Marshall, was born in 2001 and daughter Glory!, in 2008. Corin spent most of her time caring for her young family. And yet the music


remained. Experiences became feelings. Melodies emerged. A few of the new songs she couldn’t resist airing out at those benefits in early 2009. And that led to an explosion of even more new songs — acid-etched portraits of the grown-up world, with all of its hopes, fears and frustrations intact. Not every song is entirely autobiographical – just try to guess which of the songs were written as potential contributions to the Twilight: New Moon film. “They didn’t work for the movie, but I kept them anyway.” This time the music didn’t come with so many hard edges. Corin found that sadness, frustration, even outrage could come in a variety of sounds and textures. “I thought it’d be cool to do some acoustic songs, to create something quiet that could be powerful at the same time.” Still, some things remain the same. Consider the piercing clarity of Tucker’s voice, the sudden eruption of a snarly guitar, the perpetual struggle for spiritual balance, even in the midst of economic catastrophe and the life-shaking travails of domestic bliss. “It’s a challenge to have a musical career and to be a mom, but it’s awkward for every working mom,” Tucker says. The Golden Bears are Seth Lorinczi and Julianna Bright. Julianna plays drums and sings and Seth pretty much plays everything else. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. ★

On Friday, October 15, the University of Oregon Cultural Forum welcomes Monotonix with special guest Ty Segall. “If there was a spectrum on which every shade of chaos was ranked hierarchically, you would have to peg a Monotonix show somewhere to the left of total, complete and utter mayhem. Maybe you could call it demented pandemonium. Supposedly they are banned from half the live venues in Israel... “... as soon as their van doors opened a wave of body odor permeated the entire yard. The drummer, a dead ringer for Borat with a gold dookie chain around his neck, proceeded to set up his badly battered, minimal kit in the dusty ground in front of the stage. Yonatan Gat, the guitarist, looks like Bob Dylan circa the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in his Fender (literally held together with electrical tape) to an amp. And that was it for set-up. And then it gets weird. “Singer Ami Shalev climbs whatever structures or other high vantage points are in the vicinity and hollers words in either English or Hebrew or maybe just primal screams. Or maybe he’s rolling around in the dirt, keeping time on the bass drum with his forehead. Or maybe he’s flying around in the crowd, knocking beers over or head-butting more garbage cans or blowing snot out of his nose. And the thing about it is, the pandemonium never ceases, never so much as lets up for a second, throughout. Often the show closes with the crowd spontaneously picking up the bass drum, with the drummer perched on top of it, still banging away on his remaining kit, and carrying him over their heads to the van. These guys did six of these shows in one day on Saturday. They have to be simultaneously the most physically fit and mentally deranged band I have ever seen, and already I have seen them three times. These shows are something beyond chaos. In fact, they are the perfect band for our time, the soundtrack and visual representation of a world that seems to be slipping out of control.” - John Lomax, Houston Press Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. ★

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Flamenco International presents Travesuras On Sunday, October 3, Flamenco International presents Ricardo Diaz’ Travesuras CD Release Tour featuring performers from Spain, France and the USA. Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Diaz, who recently recorded his debut album in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain (the cradle of flamenco music) will be joined by renowned international musicians Cristo Cortes, Vicente Griego and Antonio Arrebola plus special guests. Ricardo Diaz discovered the art of flamenco in San Francisco, CA where he began his studies with guitarist Jorge Liceaga. Later, he traveled to Madrid, Spain where he studied with “El Entri” and “El Viejin”. Ricardo was soon working in Bay Area tablaos accompanying many flamenco artists. He began traveling the U.S. and Europe working with Gypsy singer Cristo Cortes and Flamenco Sur. Ricardo continued touring in China with a San Francisco group led by guitarist Roberto Aguilar. Ricardo has appeared on Shaw TV, CBC Canada, Fox, NBC and TF1 in France. He has been interviewed in the SF Chronicle and in Argentina by flamenco magazine Contratiempo as well as by by websites such as SF Flamenco and Luna del Olivar. He has continued working in

different penas in Seville and festivals around the world with renowned flamenco artists such as La Tania, Alejandro Granados, Jesus Montoya, Jose Anillo, Juan Requena, Pastora Galvan, Canito, Alegria Suarez, David Lagos and Andres Marin. Cristo Cortes was born in Marseilles in 1971. He comes from a family of singers from the region of Almeria (Andalusia). At the age of six he distinguished himself in weddings and family Juergas, then quickly on stage with his brothers. In 1996 Cristo toured France and Spain with the great singer Carmen Linares. In Paris he sang in an adaptation of the short life of Manuel de Falla with the National Orchestra of Ile de France. During 1998 he was invited to sing at the coffee tablao Chinitas Madrid where he accompanied dancers from Seville tablao Los Gallos. He also spent five months in Tokyo with dancer Juan Andrés Maya, and in 1999 he toured the United States and Mexico with dancer Andres Marin. In 2001 Cristo toured the United States and Canada with dancer Alejandro Granado Seville. In 2004, he toured France with the celebrated show Romancero Gitano. Cristo Cortes is currently recognized as the greatest

flamenco singer in France, respected and sought by many artists around the world for his unique timbre and vast knowledge of the flamenco art (song, dance, guitar), long stage experience and great human qualities. Antonio Arrebola is one of the most promising young dancers in Spain today. He started to dance at age eight and received instruction in ballet and classical Spanish dance at the Conservatory of Malaga. At the same time, he begins studying flamenco seriously with Susana Lupianez and Pepe Ruiz. In 2001 the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte de Flamenco in Seville offered him a full scholarship to continue his studies with flamenco greats such as Manolo Soler, Javier Barón and Hiniesta

Cortés. Mario Maya selected Antonio as a student at the Centro Escénico in Granada, where he studied with Alejandro Granados, Rafaela Carrasco, Belen Maya, Juan Andres Maya and Mario Maya himself. Antonio Arrebola has come to elate audiences in the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Italy, Marroco, Canada and Japan. Most prominently, he worked with Yoko Komatzubara, Ursula López and Rafael Cortés, with whom he opened up for Paco de Lucía at the Leverkusener Jazztage Festival in 2006. Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” is from Dixon/Embudo, New Mexico. He has devoted his life to the art of flamenco singing. In 1992, Vicente began touring

The Bear Facts On Monday, October 18, Mike Thrasher Presents welcomes Minus the Bear, Tim Kasher (of Cursive) and AM. Minus the Bear is touring in support of OMNI, the Seattlebased band’s fourth full-length recording and debut Dangerbird Records release. As evinced by the album’s all-encompassing title, Minus the Bear have merged their myriad influences into a sweeping collection marked by its sensual melding of city-stomping rock and deep funk grooves. That spirit of sonic lasciviousness is mirrored in the album’s raw take on human sexuality -- a theme as elaborate as the band’s extraordinary music. Boldly experimental , OMNI is, “a real leap forward,” singer/ guitarist Jake Snider says. “It’s an impactful sounding record.” Founded in 2001, Minus the Bear’s EPs and albums each drew


escalating acclaim and a host of new fans. 2007’s Planet of Ice was followed by the band’s most intensive touring thus far, repeatedly traveling the US, as well as Europe, Australia, and Japan. The nonstop roadwork served to increase the band’s kinetic power and intensity -- a mindset they were determined to bring with them when they returned to the studio. Says guitarist Dave Knudson. “We feel like the live show is really where you get to see what we’re doing.” This time out MTB wanted to collaborate with an outside producer. Joe Chiccarelli, who just won a Grammy Award for his work with The Raconteurs, flew up to Seattle and the rapport was immediate. “Joe kicked a lot of us in the ass more than any of us had ever been kicked in the ass before,”

with the José Greco II Flamenco Dance Company, where he was mentored by Caño Roto singer Alfonso “Veneno” of Madrid, Spain. Vicente remains a pupil of acclaimed guitarist Chuscales and continues to accompany internationally renowned companies such as Yjastros, Juan Siddi Flamenco Company, Carola Zertuche’s Teatro Flamenco, Martinez’ Pueblo Viejo, Fanny Ara, Jesus Montoya y Pureza Flamenca and Encuentro, to name a few. Vicente Griego “El Cartucho” is striking for his deep, sonorous wails that seem to come from a cavern, someplace deep within his soul. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Doors open at 1:30 pm; showtime 2:00. ★ says Knudson. “We were doing 10 or 12 takes, more than any of us had ever played, but obviously all those takes paid off.” OMNI sees each member bringing a diverse tableau of individual influences to the table, with keyboardist Alex Rose, bassist Cory Murchy and drummer Erin Tate expressing a significant interest in jazz, hiphop, R&B and 70s funkadelia. “Those underlying elements seeped through,” Knudson says, “whether or not we were cognizant of the fact that was happening. There’s a lot more groove, a lot more soul, a lot more feeling that comes across.” “We always wanted to see just how weird we can make a pop song,” Snider says, “but I think at some point we abandoned that and just started wanting to write really good songs.” Since making their WOW Hall debut in October 2005, Minus the Bear has returned for shows in 2006 and 2008. “We’ve got a lot of fans that really care about us,” Knudson says, “that just love the music and keep coming out to show after show after show.” “The main thing we try to accomplish is putting together something that we’re going to enjoy playing forever,” Snider says. “We always make sure that we want to hear the song as much as anybody else.” Tickets are $15 advance, $17 at the door, available from WOW Hall and TicketsWest. Doors 7:00 pm; showtime 7:45. ★


Mishka Hits Eugene

On Tuesday, October 19, the CCPA and KRVM welcome O’Neill’s Cold Water Classic Tour Featuring Mishka with special guest The White Buffalo. The O’Neill Cold Water Classic (CWC) Series is the coldest, wildest and most classic surf tour on the planet, featuring some of world’s most scenic locations and top-rated surfers. So far in 2010, the CWC Series has visited Tasmania, Australia, Thurso, Scotland and the Western Cape of South Africa, before the final stops in Tofino and Santa Cruz. To celebrate the last two stops, O’Neill has announced a special West Coast tour by j.k. livin artist Mishka. Named 2009’s “Best New Artist” by digital music leader iTunes, Mishka will start the seven-stop tour at O’Neill’s Cold Water Classic event in Tofino, British Columbia, before heading south through Oregon and Northern California for the Coldwater Classic finals in Santa Cruz, Calif. During the tour, Mishka will commemorate his ongoing relationship with O’Neill, which was announced earlier this year in association with the brand’s new eco-friendly apparel line, ECO’Neill. In March 2010, Mishka released his fourth album, Talk About, featuring tracks produced by Butch Walker and a collaboration with country legend Willie Nelson. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Reggae Music Charts. Mishka’s 2009 release, Above the Bones, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts and was followed by an extensive world tour. Mishka’s biography has an almost cinematic sweep. He spent most of his early life on a boat in the Caribbean, sailing from island to island with his seafaring parents and older sisters. It was almost inevitable that he’d be drawn to reggae. “I’m a huge reggae fan but there’s folk, soul, rock and other elements in the music,” says Mishka. Mishka’s international outlook is a product of his unique upbringing. “My parents always had dreams of living at sea and my father built a boat for the family to live on,” Mishka explains. “I moved onto the boat when I was three. We sailed all over the Atlantic and Caribbean. We visited Brazil, all the Caribbean islands, even made a crossAtlantic trip to Portugal and England.” Mishka and his sisters were home schooled until they went to boarding school for their higher education. “Learning how to read maps and chart a course was my math and geography class, going ashore in different countries and talking to people about their culture was my history class, reading books on board was my literary

education, picking up French and Portuguese in the ports we visited was my language school.” The boat had a small batteryrun cassette player and Mishka heard the music his parents loved: The Beatles, Jimmy Cliff, Dylan and Jimmy Buffett who was sailing the same waters as his family in those days. “My sisters turned me on to the Police, Cars and Roxy Music, but when I heard Burning Spear, Culture and Bob Marley, I got addicted to roots reggae.” Mishka moved to London and his debut, the self-titled Mishka, became a Top 40 hit in England. “Give You All the Love” cracked the charts in Britain and Japan where it went Top 10. While he was making Mishka, Swedish producer Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall, James Morrison) was working in the studio next door. Terefe produced Mishka’s second album, 2005’s One Tree, a blend of electronica, folk and reggae. While on tour, Mishka met Darryl Thompson — a long time guitarist for Sly & Robbie. They were working on Above the Bones when Matthew McConaughey showed up and signed Mishka to his newly formed j. k. livin label. “Darryl has played for many years with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, but he has a background mainly in rock and blues” Mishka says of Darryl. “He could hear the folk, soul and reggae in the music and really helped bring the songs to life.” In February of 2009, Above the Bones debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts and was followed by an exhaustive world tour. Mishka then provided the soundtrack for summer with a music video that premiered across the Yahoo! Entertainment network in June, and a Pick of the Week selection by Starbucks Entertainment and iTunes that was available at Starbucks locations nationwide.


Building off the previous year’s momentum, Mishka released Talk About in March 2010. “This is an album of movement,” says Mishka, “of stepping outside the box of traditional folk-reggae and adding a real mainstream rock influence.” The lead single “Bittersweet” began as a studio experiment before evolving into a musical space that surprised even its creator. “When I brought the song to the band it was extremely raw — just a few chords and a couple lyrics played at a modest tempo,” says Mishka. “But as we started jamming on it, it started to move into an up-tempo track like I’ve never recorded before — a place, musically, that is brand new to me.” An album release showcase at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles also celebrated a new partnership with surf-culture clothing giant O’Neill. “Working with O’Neill is giving me a chance to spread my music to more people — and specifically those who are into water sports,” said Mishka. “I have found such musical and spiritual inspiration out on the waves, so this partnership is a good way to connect with people who probably feel the same inspiration.” The White Buffalo is quite possibly a legend in the making. A throwback to the time of hard touring, hard drinking artists who really lived what they sang about. Everything about him is big, from his imposing physical size to his amazing vocal range. With only an EP out, but literally hundreds of songs written and more coming all the time, the future is exciting for a guy who has this much raw talent. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00. ★


On Saturday, October 23, KRVM’s Zion Train welcomes back Indubious and Alcyon Massive. Last here in April, Indubious is turning audiences on to their second album, Cosmic Seed. Rising up out out of Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley, the group of Intergalactic Reggae Revolutionaries known as Indubious come to spread the word of love and light through their earthshattering sound. Leaving audiences stunned and downright amazed, this genre-bending reggae power trio comes pumping a positive message and wielding impressive instrumental skill. The three piece band is comprised of bass virtuoso and lyrical acrobat, Spencer “Skip Wicked” Burton, the exceptional keys, songwriting and lyrical ability of his brother Evan “Evton B” Burton, and drum phenom Matthew T. Wells. Indubious is described as powerful, epic and uplifting in not only sound and lyrics, but in the pure energy and spirit they vibrantly project. The Indubious sound is an eclectic mix of authentic reggae dancehall and new roots reggae, visionary lyrical messages and wordplay, two and three-part harmonies, and insane electro funk fusion jams. The Burton brothers have shared a very special bond since birth; they were both born with Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disorder affecting their respiratory system. Having such a grim diagnosis -- given a life expectancy of no more than 18 -- gave them a unique outlook that would fuel their musical fire. The brothers look upon the disease as a gift, giving rise to a whole new way of thinking and living. They have adopted the unofficial motto of “Live Indubiously,” meaning living life without doubt and fear and with full respect for all things, good and bad. “Our mission is to reconnect the people of the world with rightful living, rightful speaking through teaching the everlasting blessings of service to humanity, of service to our higher purpose and higher selves,” says Spencer. “Our gift is music - and through our music we wish to speak the truth in an effort to inspire others to do the same, to change the vibration of our planet and express the true loving nature within us all.” Through their record label, Righteous Sound Productions, and humanitarian efforts, the boys from Indubious continue to spread their influence by donating money to local schools, foundations and an array of organizations and causes. “Life is about giving, so we hope to inspire others to serve mankind as well.” says Spencer. Cosmic Seed is the highly anticipated followup album to their first release, 2008’s Fresh Leaves. An undeniable powerhouse of a record, it features 15 new tracks and guest artists such as Prezident Brown and Alcyon Massive. The newest member to the Righteous Sound crew is Alcyon Massive. On Sept. 1, 2001 Charles A. Blake became Alcyon. Holding the body of a close friend after a motorcycle accident, Alcyon felt his friend’s spirit detach from the physical body leaving behind a group of kids struggling to make sense of such a tragic loss. From that moment Alcyon has been creating music that serves as a direct reflection of his journey and the mysteries encountered therein. From Frat Boy to Dreadlock Psychonaut, Alcyon describes the process of his spiritual metamorphosis as perceived through the lens of hip-hop, reggae and tribalonika. Alcyon’s debut, Dreaming the World Awake, was released in 2009. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 door. Doors open 9:30 pm; showtime 10:00. ★ WOW HALL NOTES OCTOBER 2010 5

Wiz Khalifa

On Saturday, October 16, University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA welcomes the Waken Baken Tour -- WIZ KHALIFA with special guests YELAWOLF and JINX. After bursting onto the national Hip Hop scene in 2006, Wiz Khalifa has continued his ascent to the top of the Hip Hop ranks. His debut street album Show and Prove was labeled by as, “arguably the best hip hop release of the year.” Rolling Stone magazine honored Wiz in 2007 as a “New Artist To Watch”. XXL’s March 2007 issue featured Wiz in their coveted “Show and Prove” section. Mass Appeal named Wiz as the lead artist for 2007’s “Next of Kin.” Major magazines overseas also took notice of the then 19-year old prodigy’s talent, with features in UK’s Hip-Hop Connection and France’s RAP US. In June of 2007, Wiz Khalifa signed a major record deal with Warner Bros. Records. Wiz’s first single on Warner Bros., “Say Yeah,” peaked at 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic charts. His second single, “Make It Hot”, peaked on the iTunes Hip Hop chart at 23. Wiz then released several critically acclaimed mixtapes including Star Power, Flight School and Burn After Rolling. Khalifa also teamed up with Curren$y to put out the How Fly mixtape. Wiz returned to being an independent artist after a split with Warner Brothers in ‘09. This did not slow things down as he released his second album, Deal or No Deal, on Rostrum Records in November. The album reached #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart the day it came out. Wiz’s profile on Myspace has exploded, being visited in excess of 6,000,000 times, tracks played over 21,000,000 times, and accumulating over 100,000 “friends” from all over the world. Moreover, Wiz has been a “Trending Topic” multiple times on Twitter and has gained over 60,000 followers. This past spring, Wiz Khalifa sold out the WOW Hall several days in advance of his May 13 debut here. This show is also expected to sell out well in advance, so the word is to buy your tickets NOW! Cost is $20. Doors open at 8:00 pm; showtime 9:00. ★

James McMurtry On Friday, October 1, KRVM welcomes James McMurtry back to the WOW Hall with special guest Jonny Burke. James McMurtry is hitting the road again. He and the Heartless Bastards (his backing band) last toured through here in February. Napster did a review of one of James’ gigs on that tour. “Last Thursday night was a good night in L.A.— at least for those lucky enough to squeeze into The Mint on Pico Blvd. to see James McMurtry throw down a good hour-anda-half set of his unique folkrock-country- (running out

of hyphens here) Americanastyle story songs. While McMurtry’s particular singersongwriterly ways do defy easy categorization, “incisive” seems to be a good word to describe his precisely observed, elegantly turned narratives, each infused with a dark wit that allows him to show us bitter reality up close and personal without coming off as bitter himself. It’s a good trick, and one he pulls off routinely. But then, his literary pedigree suggests that that such skill probably runs in the family.” James is, of course, the son of Lonesome Dove author Larry

Mad Sin and The Phenomenauts On Tuesday, October 26, U. of O. Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA welcomes Mad Sin and The Phenomenauts. Last here in 2006, Mad Sin is a psychobilly band based in Berlin, Germany, consisting of Koefte DeVille (vocals), Stein Dr. Solido (guitars), Valle (doublebass), Matt Vüdü (guitars), Andy Laaf (drums) and Hellvis (firespitting, background vocals, booze fighting). 2009 was not a good year for Mad Sin. Whilst well into a U.S. tour, head sinner Koefte suffered from severe blood-poisoning that left him hospitalized and literally on death’s door. Luckily he managed to pull through and even salvage the end of the tour but the incident left him and the band shell-shocked. On their return to Germany

Koefte was given a stark wakeup call; one of the most famed extreme lifestyles in Psychobilly was catching up with him. The doctor’s ultimatum was stark and to the point, “Change your ways or be dead within a year.” Faced with the reality of meeting the Grim Reaper rather than just singing his favorite music — Koefte threw himself as enthusiastically into a new healthy regime as he had done the excesses of Rock N Roll. In just four months he lost around a third of his body weight due to exercise and healthy living! Mad Sin found themselves a solid unit once more and got to work in the studio. The result is new Burn and Rise. The band feel it is a fitting title; they have risen Phoenix-like from what very nearly were the ashes of their


own demise. Burn and Rise is huge in sound and content and runs the whole gamut of Mad Sin’s wide envelopment of their genre. They have long-since reached beyond the baying Psychobilly masses but have never abandoned the genre; they have enriched and elaborated on Psychobilly while absorbing a multitude of influences. There is nothing retro about Burn and Rise; it is 100% now and it is unforgiving. While most of the songs are performed at Mad Sin’s trademark mach 1 speed there are one or two surprise drops in tempo but don’t get too complacent. The sound is as deep as it is raging and tumultuous with each player knowing when to hit you with their particular forte. SF Weekly calls The

Phenomenauts, “A band that lives, loves and rocks on the grand scale of the cosmos.” “These guys aren’t like anything you’ve seen or heard before,” reports Thrasher. “I saw Phenomenauts play in both New York City and San Francisco; each time the place was jampacked with people chanting ‘Science and honor!’ A few dozen were dressed as robots, and endless streams of chicks looked like they’d just landed in from an R-rated Jetsons episode. Fanfare of that sort doesn’t happen by coincidence.” For The Phenomenauts — Commander Angel Nova (guitar/ vocals), Leftenant AR7 (guitar/ vocals), Professor Greg Arius (keyboard/effects), Deck Chief Nick Wayzar (standup bass), Major Jimmy Boom (drums) —

McMurtry. His first album, produced by John Mellencamp, was released in 1989. His 2006 album Childish Things and the song “We Can’t Make It Here” brought him critical acclaim and won the Americana Music Awards for album and song of the year. McMurtry released his most recent studio album, Just Us Kids, in 2008. Last year he released the CD/DVD set Live In Europe. McMurtry’s song “Talking at the Texaco” is featured in Stephen King’s latest novel, Under The Dome. The King novel is not the first to mention James and his music, but this is the first that uses McMurtry’s lyrics to set the tone for the entire story. Check out this excerpt from Stephen King’s Under the Dome: “And she sang, in a small but tuneful voice: ‘It’s a small town, you know what I mean?’ Barbie smiled a little and sang the next line back to her: ‘Just a small town, baby, and we all support the team.’ It was from an old James McMurtry song that had the previous summer gained a new and mysterious two-month vogue on a couple of western Maine c&w stations. Not WCIK, of course; James McMurtry was not the sort of artist Jesus Radio supported.” Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm and showtime is 8:00. ★ “Science And Honor” isn’t just a catchy slogan, but a way of life. Conceived in the year 2000, The Phenomenauts got early recognition for their now infamous commando-style performances in which they would set up in front of large music venues and perform for unsuspecting crowds. The group’s first full length recording, Rockets and Robots, was selfreleased in 2001, followed by 2004’s Re-Entry. The album charted on the CMJ top 25 and the music video for “Mission” appeared on the front page of MySpace and YouTube. The Phenomenauts third full-length, For All Mankind, was released in 2008. A critical part of the Phenomenaut experience has always been their live show, during which the band proudly displays their ever-evolving arsenal of homemade “Phenomagadgets.” The Theramatic Helmerator contains a wireless Theremin that creates Sci-Fi sounds reminiscent of old Star Trek episodes. The Streamerator blasts rolls of toilet paper out into the crowd. Clouds of CO2 envelop the crowd while rockets launch from the Rocketerator. These cleverly crafted devices add to the mystique and cult appeal of the band and are just some of the gems one can expect in the live spectacle. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00. ★


Greg Brown On Thursday, October 7, True West welcomes Greg Brown back to the WOW Hall for a seated, limited-admission solo show. Over the course of his thirty year performing and recording career, Greg Brown has demonstrated the ability to move audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision. He was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. In spite of a lifetime of tours and travel, his songwriting, storytelling and music continue to be deeply rooted in that place. Brown’s mother played the electric guitar, his grandfather played the banjo, his grandmother was a poet and his father was a Pentecostal preacher. Greg’s youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Greg studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions. At six he took up the pump organ and at twelve he learned the basics of guitar from his mother. At 18, Greg won a contest to play an opening set for singer Eric Andersen in Iowa City, who then encouraged him to head east. Moving to New York, Greg landed a job at Gerdes Folk City in the Village running hootenannies. Next he tried Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but after a few years he moved back to Iowa. He recorded a couple of albums on his own (44 & 66 and The Iowa Waltz), then began working on the renowned national radio show A Prairie Home Companion and touring nationally. After Greg teamed up with Bob Feldman in 1983, they rereleased Greg’s first two albums under the name Red House

Records — the beginning of the now legendary folk/roots label that has released nearly all of Greg’s 27 albums. In 1985 Greg released In the Dark With You, an acoustic classic. In 1986, he set poems of William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience to music on a critically acclaimed album of the same name. One Big Town (1989) earned Greg his first Indie Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, as well as a rave review in Rolling Stone. Dream Café (1992) was also a huge critical success. The Washington Post called it an “unassuming triumph,” and in the opinion of Z Magazine, it rivaled Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. Following Dream Café, Brown recorded Friend of Mine with Bill Morrissey, which earned him his first Grammy nomination, and he also released a children’s album, Bath Tub Blues. 1994’s The Poet Game saw significant international radio play (charting on AAA and topping The Gavin Report’s Americana chart) and earned not only critical raves, but also the Indie award for singer-songwriter Album of the Year. The Live One (1995) proved to be a fan favorite capturing the humor, warmth, insights and spirit of his legendary live shows. His 1996 release, Further In, topped them all: critics called it a masterpiece and it received a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Greg’s 1997 release — Slant 6 Mind — received more of the same and earned Greg his second Grammy nomination. 1999 brought the rerelease of One Night, a live concert recording originally released on the Coffeehouse Extempore label. Two releases followed in 2000: Over and Under (Trailer Records) and the critically acclaimed Covenant, which won the Association for


Independent Music’s award for Best Contemporary Folk Album of 2000. The year 2002 brought two albums – Milk of the Moon and Going Driftless: An Artist’s Tribute to Greg Brown — the latter featuring female songwriters including Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Greg’s three daughters — each selecting their own favorite song by Brown to cover for a special CD benefiting The Breast Cancer Fund. In September of 2003, Greg released If I Had Known – Essential Recordings, 1980-1996 (Red House), a retrospective w/DVD highlighting the body of Greg’s work through 1996. Honey in the Lions Head, was released shortly thereafter (Trailer Records) and is an album of folk standards from the public domain. Also in 2004, he released In the Hills of California: Live From the Kate Wolf Festival 1997-2003, a collection of live performances recorded at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival . In 2006, Greg released The Evening Call, his first new studio album in over four years, which charted high on Americana and folk radio, earned him five stars in Mojo and garnered rave reviews in No Depression, Acoustic Guitar and The Washington Post. Greg’s newest collection Dream City: Essential Recordings Vol 2, 1997-2006 features some of these new Americana classics along with other fan favorites from his last six studio albums and some previously unreleased material and live tracks. Only 280 tickets will be sold for this performance with seating on a first come, first serve basis. Tickets are $28 in advance and $30 day of show. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. ★



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Classes, Meetings and Workshops for October: Every Saturday: West African Dance with Alseny Yansane 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Every Sunday: Coalessence: Community Ecstatic Dance 10:30 am - noon West African Dance & Drum Work Out with Abdoulaye Thioub 12:30 - 2:00 pm Every Wednesday: Guitar with Steve & Richard (free) 2:00 - 3:00 pm African Dance Intensive Series with Alseny Yansane (ends Oct. 20) 7:00-8:30 PM





Flamenco International Presents Travesuras 1:30 PM $15 Advance $18 Door CD Release w/ Dance Performance

Amber Rohrer LMT • Anatolia • Aqua-Metrics Bagel Sphere • Buy & Sell Center • Cafe Mam Carmen’s Chips • Catamaran Trading LLC Cindy Ingram Booking & Promotions LLC City of Eugene • Cozmic Pizza • Deep Sea Delights Don Ross Productions • Doug Wilson Sound Essex General Construction • Eugene Folklore Society • Eugene Weekly • Floater Global Focus Digital Media • Gung Ho Productions Herbal Junction • Holy Cow • Hop Valley Howard Ingber Construction • KLCC • KRVM KWVA • Lane Arts Council • Latham Remodel Leung Martial Arts Academy Metro Affordable Housing • MKB Gardening Mueller Home Insulation Co. Native & Urban Gardens • Novax Guitars Oregon Country Fair Oregon Event Enterprises • Organicaly Grown Company • Pro Sound & Video Rainbow Optics • RD Olsen Construction Co. Saturday Market • Springfield Creamery Sprout City Studios • Studio Coburg Sundance Natural Foods • The Bier Stein The Kiva • Taco Bell • TicketWeb Valley Vinter & Brewer • Waldport Realty Co.






Volunteer Orientation 6:30 PM

2 The Corin Tucker Band The Golden Bears 8:00 PM $12 Advance $14 Door Rock

7 Board of Directors Meeting 6:30 PM Meets at Growers Market 525 Willamette

8 Monotonix Ty Segall (U. of O. Cultural Forum rental) 8:00 PM $8 Advance $10 Door Corin-Tucker/41810327391 Biographies-in-C/CorinTucker.html 9

Wiz Khalifa Yelawolf Jinx 8:00 PM $20 Advance $20 Door Hip-Hop



30 Greg Brown (True West rental) 8:00 PM $28 Advance $30 Day of Show Singer-Songwriter Solo Acoustic Seated Show

11/5 Yard Dogs Road Show 11/6 Andre Nickatina 11/10 Keller Williams 11/12 Built To Spill 11/15 Over The Rhine 11/26 Susan McKeown



James McMurtry Jonny Burke 7:00 PM $15 Advance $15 Door Rock jamesmcmurtry tigranmimosa



EOTO MiMOSA MartyParty 8:00 PM $18 Advance $20 Door Dub Step

Floater (acoustic) Lucy Schwartz 7:00 PM $12 Advance $15 Door Acoustic Rock

11 Minus the Bear Tim Kasher (of Cursive) AM (Mike Thrasher Presents rental) 7:00 PM $15 Advance $17 Door Rock






Mishka The White Buffalo 7:30 PM $13 Advance $15 Door Acoustic Reggae

Blue Scholars Grieves with Budo 8:00 PM $15 Advance $15 Door Hip-Hop

Blue Scholars Grieves with Budo 8:00 PM $15 Advance $15 Door Hip-Hop

Indubious Alcyon Massive 9:30 PM $10 Advance $12 D0or Reggae bluescholars bluescholars





Mad Sin The Phenomenauts 7:30 PM $13 Advance $15 Door

24 Dr. Dog Good Old War 7:00 PM $15 Adv/$18 Door Rock www.drdogmusic 31



Eugene Weekly’s Nemesis Next Big Thing Entertainment Finals & Best of Presents: Eugene Winners’ (Nemesis rental) Appreciation 6:30 PM Night 7:00 PM $8 Door Phenomenauts









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