Music

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,…

Chase Moore is a Music Man

Chase Moore was born in Melbourne, Australia into a very musically inclined family. His father played and taught piano while constantly recording and producing music right out of their home. Naturally then, Chase began making music at a young age but his move to Sacramento in September 1994 exposed him…

Kevin Murphy Sheds Teen Angst and Calms Down with The Moondoggies

The Maturation Process Isolation has its perks. Looking to avoid distractions and work on his music, singer/guitarist Kevin Murphy left Bellingham, Wash. and headed north to Ketchikan, Alaska. Holed up in an attic, the young songwriter—not even of legal drinking age at the time—began working on tunes with a four-track…