Magic in Six Strings

Magic in Six Strings

The story of Sir Richard Bishop, an old guitar and Tangier Sessions
Veteran experimental guitarist Sir Richard Bishop's recent shows are so focused on one very old guitar and the sounds it makes, it's almost like Bishop's on a traveling museum exhibit rather than a concert tour. "People do like the story of the guitar and the mystery behind it ... just as much as they might like the music," Bishop says in a telephone interview from his home in Portland.

Clear Skies Ahead

Joe Pug slayed some demons making his new album and his music is better for it
Joe Pug was ready to quit, or perhaps have a nervous breakdown. The record-tour grind through the young songwriter's first two albums made him a rising star on the folk-rock scene by the end of 2013, but also left him exhausted after four years and more than 400 shows.

Ride It Out

Rough Congress hasn't played a show in two years, but that doesn't mean they broke up
Getting the members of soul-funk quintet Rough Congress in the same room is not for the faint of heart. Work schedules are all over the board, each is consumed with various musical projects and only three members still live in Spokane.

Roadworn and Weary

Seattle's Supersuckers have plenty of fresh heartache to fuel a new country album
For 27 years, the Supersuckers and leader Eddie Spaghetti have toured virtually nonstop. And while that made the Seattle crew revered among fans for consistently great rock shows and occasional forays into sleazy barroom country, it also meant Spaghetti's wife JD and his three kids at home were only seeing him a couple of days a month, at best.

Road Goes On Forever

Widespread Panic's never-ending tour stops in Spokane for the first time since 1999
It's hard to imagine a band more capable of surfing the waves of change in the music business than Widespread Panic. That effortless professional ingenuity didn't necessarily come to the Georgia-based crew through, say, prescience about the rise of digital delivery systems or adherence to shifting musical trends.

Youth Revisited

To overcome a quarter-life crisis, DRGN KING's Dominic Angelella had to think like a teen
Psychedelic surf-rock band DRGN KING is based in Philadelphia, but singer/guitarist/monosynth player Dominic Angelella had to channel his teenage mentality in his hometown of Baltimore for the quartet's latest album. After years of playing with various groups, Angelella spent his mid-20s disillusioned by music.

New Moves

The Dodos push themselves to greater heights through dance, ever-changing rhythms and getting back to basics
He isn't a dancer. Not even with a few drinks warming his belly would singer-guitarist Meric Long feel the urge to bust a move in front of people.

Never Forget

Warren G is still regulating 20 years later
Hip-hop isn't a genre where artists typically age gracefully. For every Eminem continuing to create the occasional hit, P. Diddy making successful forays into acting or Dr. Dre expanding his empire into headphone-selling world domination, there are hundreds of formerly famous rappers who seemingly disappeared into the ether.

Among the Green

Around St. Patrick's Day, the world wises up to Irish music once more
The bodhran drum rumbles, the fiddler wails, the banjo player picks seemingly faster and faster. You can barely see the musicians stuffed into the corner of the bar, yet Floating Crowbar provides the perfect Irish songs during last year's Saturday-before-St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Plugged In

Folkie John Craigie goes electric for his new tour
For weeks, John Craigie has been touting his new "all electric" album, Working On My Farewell, on his website and social media. Makes sense.

Moving On

Simba and the Exceptional Africans continue to sing and dance after tragedy hits home
She was a force of nature. Terri Grzebielski would sing next to Simba Tirima on stage, along with the rest of the 14 or so members of the Afrobeat band Exceptional Africans, and people couldn't help but watch the 61-year-old often wearing feathers and bright clothing.

Dark Into Light

Call of the Void melds brutal metal and murky beauty
Boulder, Colorado, is known for its bottomless supply of noodly jam-bands, progressive bluegrassers, acoustic funkateers and a legion of loose-limbed music fans who'll twirl the night away to all the above. But there's more to the town's music scene... right?

Behind the Music

The Grammy Awards are about much more than what you see on TV
It's Monday morning and local music producer Marc Fechter's head is still reeling. Even from the nosebleed section of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Grammy glamour of the evening before hasn't faded.

Bluesman Blues

Tim "Too Slim" Langford comes back home for an extremely personal show
He was afraid this call was coming. "You have prostate cancer...

Sleater-Kinney 101

Your guide to the most anticipated music reunion of the year
Welcome, class. Take your seats and please pay attention as we go through the syllabus for our crash course in Sleater-Kinney.

Miles Apart

From their corners of the universe, Bullets or Balloons converge to play raucous, intelligent punk rock
Cory Mason-Phipps is sprinkling salt into his bandmate's last sips of ice water. "I was waiting until you noticed," Mason-Phipps says with a mischievous smile after Aaron Anderberg balks.

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