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Category: Folk
January 12, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Tom Paxton, last of the old-fashioned folkies

From Paul de Barros: If you saw that cynical Coen Brothers film about the Greenwich Village folk music boom of the ’60s, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” you’ll recall the character Troy Nelson, who drops in briefly, in his Army uniform, to serenade the bohos. Just as the Davis character is based roughly on Dave Van Ronk,…


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December 30, 2014 at 5:20 AM

Planes on Paper lands a new EP | New Recordings

Planes on Paper, ‘The Ruins’ (EP, self-released) Planes on Paper, a year-old Yakima folk duo consisting of Navid Eliot (guitar, vocals) and Jen Borst (vocals), is releasing its second EP just in time for gigs at Leavenworth’s Timbrrr Winter Music Festival (Jan. 9-10) and a shindig with Shelby Earl and others at the Columbia…


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December 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Jackson Browne feted by EMP Museum | Concert review

Jackson Browne at EMP Museum Thursday, Dec. 11. (Brady Harvey/EMP Museum)

Jackson Browne at EMP Museum Thursday, Dec. 11. (Brady Harvey/EMP Museum)

Most tribute concerts are bloated affairs where a slew of acts can make you just want to hear the original songs on the albums. But Thursday’s EMP Museum Founder’s Day Jackson Browne tribute was a template for how it can be done right.


Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Danny O'Keefe, Dave Alvin

December 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Portland Cello Project does Bach and…Elliott Smith | Concert preview

The Portland Cello Project brings its holiday show to Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 7, but don’t expect roasting chestnuts and a winter wonderland. This nontraditional Santa has everyone from Bach to Britten in his sleigh and this year, he has another little something up his scarlet sleeve — new arrangements of songs by the late More

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December 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Bluegrass and country alert — Hot Rize, Frankie Ballard play Neptune | Concert preview

The Neptune Theatre hosts all kinds of music, but bluegrass and country fans get twice their share next week, with the much-anticipated reunion of progressive bluegrassers Hot Rize (Wednesday, Dec. 10) and a close-up view of Nashville rising star Frankie Ballard (Saturday, Dec. 6).


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November 24, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Record Store Day Selections include Woody Guthrie | New recordings

Woody Guthrie, ‘My Name Is New York: Ramblin’ Around Woody Guthrie’s Town’ (Woody Guthrie Publications)

The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is upon us — that’s the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in case you forgot — and there’s some good stuff out there, though much of the list, as has become customary, is comprised of limited-edition special-release singles.


Comments | More in Folk, Jazz, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Echosmith, J Mascis, New Recordings

November 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Joni Mitchell box set sounds fantastic but no surprises | New Recordings

Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” (Rhino)

It’s a surprise given the long span of Joni Mitchell’s career that she has never previously put out a multi-disc compilation box. The four-CD set “Love Has Many Faces” is her first, with a total of 53 tracks, all newly remastered.



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November 4, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Bastille concert at Key moved to new date | Ticket alert

Bastille frontman Dan Smith gets into it at the Tractor Tavern in 2013. (Photo courtesy of AJ Dent.) KeyArena announced Tuesday that “due to unforeseen scheduling circumstances” the concert by the British group Bastille slated for Saturday, Nov. 15 at KeyArena has been moved to Tuesday, Nov. 25. November 15 tickets will be honored for the…


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