Music

Something for Everybody

Utz! and the Shuttlecocks The Blue Lamp, Sacramento, CA Sunday, Oct. 11, 2008 Arriving fashionably late with just enough time to grab a drink before the Shuttlecocks come onstage, the crowd is simmering gently, warmed up and ready for the main act. Blue Lamp is your stereotypical venue: pricey drinks…

Amanda Palmer’s Musical Life

Letting Go, Holding On Singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer sits in the City Bakery Café in Asheville, N.C, hoping “many coffee drinks” will energize her after a tough day. She and the rest of her crew are planning the night’s on-stage festivities. “I was thinking about canceling our entire set and telling…

The Fall of Troy Release Long Awaited Album

From Concept to Creation With numerous critically acclaimed albums already under their belts, Mukilteo, Wash. progressive rock trio The Fall of Troy are gearing up for their next release on Nov. 28. Phantom on the Horizon is a 37-minute-long collection of work divided into five chapters. Previously known to fans…

Early States Sound Off on Early Successes

Up, Up And Away If Early States ought to have been intimidated by the traditionally aggressive cauldron of hardcore and metal bands bubbling out of the greater Sacramento area, they seem not to have noticed. In fact, they seem downright indifferent to the fabled demographic of their immediate proximity; a…

Every Place Has a Sound, Portugal. The Man Has Many

Not What You’d Expect Long before Sarah Palin stepped into the national spotlight and gave the small town of Wasilla, Alaska a name, John Baldwin Gourley of Portugal. The Man called it home. “It’s such a sheltered place,” recalls the singer/guitarist/songwriter. “It’s so very much a part of the United…

Mates of State & Two Sheds

Harlow’s Sacramento Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 Upon entering the dimly lit Harlow’s Restaurant and Night Club last Monday, I was delighted to see that Two Sheds had been booked as the last minute opener for Mates of State. I immediately noticed that it was not only Caitlin and Johnny Gutenberger…

MC Rut Gives Sacramento Something to Scream About

Great Expectations Crank up the volume and feast your ears on a musical smorgasbord that definitely requires a full concert hall. The native Sacramento band MC Rut combines the talents of singer and guitarist Zack Lopez with drummer and backup vocalist Sean Stockham. Lopez’s angsty lyrics explode on a canvas…

Against Me!’s Tom Gabel Goes Solo

Vagabond Heart In a manner of speaking, Tom Gabel has come full circle. Long before his Gainseville, Fla.-based punk band Against Me! gained wider notoriety with its latest album (and first major label release) New Wave, Gabel played solo under the same moniker. Now, the singer/songwriter stands ready to release…

Musiq Soulchild: Sept. 20

Crest Theatre, Sacramento Sept. 20, 2008 Arriving 30 minutes before the show started, I was surprised to see almost every seat in the Crest Theatre taken. I love Musiq Soulchild, but almost every time I dropped his name to someone, they’d never heard of the R&B singing soul man. So,…