Small Million-Bullets In The Bower

On “Bullets In The Bower” Portland-based duo Small Million turn a campfire ballad into a synth-drenched dreamscape. Ryan Linder’s production shows dynamic range, starting with a cold, isolated vocal. He then turns up the heat and brings in the trap beats and synths. The sounds blend perfectly with the vocal performance of Malachi Graham. She can bring it low when she needs to, but her … Continue reading Small Million-Bullets In The Bower

Haley Heynderickx-I Need To Start A Garden

Much has been made about the debut album by Haley Heynderickx. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. In my bubble of social media, aha being hailed as one of the great singer/songwriter’s of the next generation. Time will tell if that is true, but I Need To Start A Garden is certainly a great start. The album is eight tracks that clock in right at … Continue reading Haley Heynderickx-I Need To Start A Garden

The Decemberists at 80/35

The end of a music festival is always a bittersweet time. All the good times are coming to an end and you have to go back to your day job or whatever on Monday. What better way to close it out than with the sublime music of The Decemberists? It was the band’s first stop in Des Moines in 13 years, and they quickly made … Continue reading The Decemberists at 80/35

Summer Cannibals at Lincoln Hall 4/20/2016

The Thermals brought fellow Portland-based rockers Summer Cannibals along for their current tour, and a better opener I could not have picked myself. I’d only heard a couple tracks by the quartet before seeing them live, but the energy they were giving off was more than enough to make up for my lack of knowledge. Most of the songs they played were off their upcoming … Continue reading Summer Cannibals at Lincoln Hall 4/20/2016

The Thermals at Lincoln Hall 4/20

I don’t have time to write much this morning. Yesterday I woke up to see a tweet from Hutch saying that The Thermals were playing every song off The Body The Blood The Machine during this tour and I got crazy excited because I was already planning to go. The band is in a kind of renaissance with their last two record both being exceptional, … Continue reading The Thermals at Lincoln Hall 4/20