6:26 PM on 10·9·2014

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge at the Watters Theatre

Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge

The guitar duo of Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge put on a breathtaking performance Wednesday night in Watters Theater. With dim lighting and nothing but a single microphone set up on the thrust stage, the pair played an intimate hour and a half acoustic set that had the audience on their feet cheering for more.

Lage hails from a jazz background, while Eldrige was raised on bluegrass and is a member of the acoustic bluegrass band Punch Brothers. Both influences were evident in performance, as the duo played a diverse array of songs, which Lage endearingly categorized as “Singin’ songs, fiddle types, and esoteric acoustic art songs”. The first two types had the audience tapping their toes, and a goodhearted “yeeehaww” was yelled out during one particular number, but it was the third category that really showcased the players’ virtuosity. One player would strum out some chords and keep the time, while the other would go off with fingers flying on an explosion of jazz, blues, and folk sounds. The combination was stunning, and was made even better by the silent communication between the pair. Lage and Eldridge seemed to feed off of each other’s energy, and their collective love for the music was physically palpable in the hall. The duo is currently on tour promoting their album Avalon, which was released earlier this week.

Review by Jazz Director Stephi Verhage

Posted: October 9, 2014 6:26 PM

7:39 PM on 10·6·2014


Welcome to this week’s music you should know about in the new bin post thing.

The once and future darlings of college radio punk rock are back! Yes this month sees the return of The Dead Milkmen with their brand new one, Pretty Music For Pretty People. You really owe it to yourself to check this one out and all the history in the blue 8’s. RIYL: Mojo Nixon, Camper Van Beethoven, King Missle.

Next, there’s much (well deserved) hype around this new LP from Ex Hex, Rips. Once again Merge records serves up a killer new-old sound. RIYL: Shannon & The Clams, Sleater-Kinney, Veruca Salt.

This month sees the sophomore release from Portland’s own Wampire, Bazaar. Check out the debut single “The Amazing Heart Attack”. Out now from our friends at Polyvinyl. RIYL: Beaches, Smith Westerns, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

The much anticipated Julian Casablancas & The Voids album Tyranny comes into the new bin this week. Check out “Where No Eagles Fly” right here. RIYL: The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Skaters.

Also new in this month is the new single from TV On The Radio. Download the extended mix of “Happy Idiot” here below. RIYL: tUnE yArDs, Yeasayer, Menomena.

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.” -Andrea Gibson

Doc Sonic on behalf of the promo team




by Doc Sonic from Sonic Research Labs at 9:06 PM on 10·22·2014

Ween-Push The Little Daisies
Ginger Baker-Under Black Skies
Wampire-Bad Attitude
Them Crooked Vultures-Interlude With Ludes


Dr. Dre-Take A Hit


Southern Culture On The Skids-40 Miles To Vegas
Venus Hum-Sonic Boom
Labbiel-Secret Chiefs 3
Fiery Furnaces-More Automatic Husband/Ex Guru
Johnny Moore-Red Is Danger (Take 4)

Violent Femmes-Country Death Sonc
Sleater-Kinney-The Professional
Cure-BoysDon’t Cry
Beach House-Wild
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Pin
The Ting Tings-Guggenheim

by Veronique from Big Cheese at 4:04 PM on 10·22·2014

Wildfire – Sbtrkt ft little dragon
Cyrano De Bergers Back – X
Transmission – Joy Division
Hollywood Africa – Red Hot Chili
A Breath taking guy – The Supremes
Vieux Carre – Trombone Shorty
Edit the Sad Parts – Modest Mouse

Passing out Pieces – Mac Demarco
Footprints – A Tribe Called Quest
Lex – Ratata
Walkabout – Atlas Sound
Me Myself and I – Beyonce
Dead Pontoon – Toro y Moi
Calypso Melody – ?

Great Day – Madvillian
Louie Louie – Black Flag

Love Shack – B-52’s
Train in Vain – The Clash
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac
Respect – Arethra Franklin
Time of the Season – The Zombies
Barbara Ann (Live) – The Beach Boys
Run, run, run – The Velvet Underground
Rock the Casbah – The Clash

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