Curdo's Music & Stuff (53)

In Portland's music scene, there's a lot to be thankful for

I know this year hasn’t been a great one for most people. From conversations in person with folks about lost ones to swiping past other’s concerns for our country’s uncertainty on my handheld device, one things for sure, people are looking towards some fresh perspective at the turn of the New Year. I won’t disagree, but I’m also trying to give thanks and appreciate what has been good. With Thanksgiving upon us, I’d like to…

Water Is Life: Local Musicians Send Aid To Standing Rock

I’m not a political person. The past week, and year to be honest, has been almost unbearable for me. I would never bring flat out politics to my radio show or to this weekly article where music is always at the core. I have causes and things I believe in surely, but I also believe in a time and a place for everything.   One thing I will do though is talk about the great…

Kathy Kave: Like a second mother in the hardcore scene

Sometimes people are only aware of the things right under their noses. For whatever reason, they don’t sniff around and learn foreign scents. It’s always good to at least know what else is happening. You don’t have to fall in love with it and write love poems about it, but understand what’s out there and what’s going on beyond your space. You’ll be the better for it. You never know, you might find something or…

Wheeling out the welcome wagon again

It’s a crap shoot, really. You just don’t know what’s gonna happen when you see a UHaul in your parking lot. As you get close to your place you see the trail of scuffed walls, wedged open doors and absorb the scent of another. Yup, that UHaul is someone moving in right next to you. Anything could happen! After the boxes are emptied and the bubble wrap has been popped, you could find that the…

Chriss Sutherland: The ultimate circus clown car

One thing we should always do as a proper music scene is respect and appreciate those who knocked down doors and influenced the uprising. We need the young upstarts to get a sense of who sweated on the stages in town and unloaded their ideas in local studios before them. It’s incomprehensible to me for bands today to not know about the intergalactic, cosmic, surf genius of Eggbot. The power, thump and pulsating slam of…

Things ain’t what they used to be

As each day of this music life passes, I retreat to thoughts of a better time. Recently, I was thinking of when I used to buy cassette tapes at Strawberries in Nashua, N.H., where I grew up. For those younger readers, back then cassette tapes (which I might also have to explain to you at another time) were like gold to record stores. That was their product and they couldn’t have people stealing their gold.…

Kate Beever: Making music that feels great

If there’s one thing we can say about our music scene, it's that we are full of talent. Anyone could blow you away at any time, and that’s exciting! It could be the person front and center on stage. It could be the guitarist to the side. Or, it could be the person in back just behind the bassist, stepping side to side playing the vibes with a smile so wonderful that it should have…

Attention, shoppers! Reflecting on the subtle gift of in-store music

For so many years now, I’ve always found a simple peace when I shop for groceries. For a few minutes I TRY to not think about work, the political mess happening or how annoying traffic is on Forest Avenue.     I know grocery shopping is a wicked pain in the neck for most folks, and they find no joy in it whatsoever. Grumpy people shoving around their carts, cutting you off; kids screaming; long…

Band on the run: When SeepeopleS improvised a recording studio in Portland

Anyone who knows Will Bradford would say he seems like a longtime local here in Portland with his band SeepeopleS. While Portland has played a part in his and his band’s life in the last dozen years, he’s a musical gypsy when it comes down to it. Actually, he’s pretty much a gypsy, overall. Growing up (and with his band) he’s been everywhere. His life has been a world tour.   Born in NYC, he’s…

More fan to love!

I’ve aired this concern before in public, but I’m not sure it landed as well as I would have liked. It’s a concern many others share with me, I know. To be honest, it touches on life today and who we are as a people. The people we have become (or haven’t, depending on how you look at it). I’ll set the scenario here. You’re a big fan of the ____ band. They’re your top…
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