YOLO COUNTY NEWS

Landon Christensen

Kind of Blue

Enterprise music critic Even in the musical Mecca of Portland, Ore., Blue Cranes stands out. The experimental quintetÕs sound, a unique blend of jazz improvisation and indie rock catchiness, is coming to town: The band is touring California in anticipation of the Sept. 14 release of its third album, ÒObservatories.Ó Blue Cranes will perform at […]

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Heart sounds

Enterprise music critic In this age of information overload, with countless bands vying for attention, how does an independent band get noticed? The loudest, most bombastic bands donÕt necessarily win that race; sometimes the quiet ones rise to the top. Take John Heart Jackie, hailing from Portland, Ore. The homespun acoustic folk duo of Jennie […]

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Heart songs

Enterprise music critic In this age of information overload, with countless bands vying for attention, how does an independent band get noticed? The loudest, most bombastic bands donÕt necessarily win that race; sometimes the quiet ones rise to the top. Take John Heart Jackie, hailing from Portland, Ore. The homespun acoustic folk duo of Jennie […]

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East Coast cats land in Davis

Enterprise music critic With a sound rooted in old-time bluegrass and Americana, The Toughcats seem to come from another time and place. In fact, members Jake Greenlaw, Colin Gulley and Joe Nelson hail from two islands 12 miles off the coast of Maine, one of which has a year-round population of 350 people. The band […]

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Another spin of the turntable

Enterprise music critic When the news broke that WoodlandÕs Gearhead Records was closing, I assumed the shop was another casualty of the struggling music industry. It turns out, however, that sales have been good and business is up. So, why close shop? ÒI needed to create space for myself, and explore the possibilities out there,Ó […]

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Summer sounds

Enterprise music critic ÒSummertime … and the livinÕ is easy…Ó These lyrics were penned by DuBose Heyward in 1935, for music composed by George Gershwin for the opera ÒPorgy and Bess.Ó The song became a jazz standard, and in 1997 hit the pop charts again when the band Sublime turned it into a reggae-rap-rock song. […]

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Let Freedom reign!

Enterprise music critic Turn the radio dial to 90.3 FM, and youÕll hear something completely different from every other station. KDVS prides itself on a wide variety of programming that doesnÕt get broadcast by corporate radio: independent rock, reggae, punk, metal, hip-hop, electronic, world music, folk and much more. The community-run, free-form radio station Ñ […]

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Hot to trot

Enterprise music critic The Portland, Ore.-based string band Horse Feathers will wind down its current tour with a stop in Davis at 11 p.m. Saturday at SophiaÕs Thai Kitchen, 129 E St. The show will begin at 9 p.m. with Telekinesis, and Dawn Landes will serve as the middle act at 10 p.m. Attendance is […]

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Jazz giant takes Mondavi stage

Enterprise music critic Sonny Rollins has entranced audiences with his tenor saxophone for more than half a century. Arguably the greatest saxophone player alive, Rollins also remains an icon from the golden era of jazz. HeÕll perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the UC Davis Mondavi CenterÕs Jackson Hall. Tickets Ñ $55/$45/$35 general, $27.50/$22.50/$17.50 students […]

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Power of love

Enterprise music critic Through the Dust Bowl era and the Great Depression, Woody Guthrie captured American life through song. All these years later, the Guthrie folk legacy is alive and well in the hands of WoodyÕs son Arlo, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All three generations have gathered for a trek through North America on the […]

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MUSIC: Pleasant surprises and safe harbors

Enterprise music critic As a music critic, itÕs easy to be impartial when writing about pop stars. I have no qualms about describing Britney SpearsÕ newest ode to mŽnage ˆ trios as artless trash. Critiquing a friendÕs music, however, is a much more dubious task. When Laurence Herman handed me a CD of his band, […]

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Everything old is new

Enterprise music critic Going ÒretroÓ is a common trend in contemporary music. While many hipster bands reference 1980s new wave, Mayer Hawthorne pays tribute to legendary soul singers like Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson and Curtis Mayfield. The falsetto vocals, funky instrumentation and heartfelt sentiment hearken back to the heyday of soul. But itÕs not just […]

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HanginÕ with The Hoff

Enterprise music critic This ValentineÕs Day, surprise your significant other with something other than chocolate and flowers. Take her Ñ or him Ñ to see ÒRetro RockinÕ with The Hoff.Ó The iconic David Hasselhoff will sing romantic songs, delivered as only The Hoff can, in a self-proclaimed Òevening of sexy rock ÕnÕ roll youÕll never […]

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The JigÕs up (to no good!)

Enterprise music critic Put on your kilt, lace up your ghillies and come celebrate the 251st birthday of ÒScotlandÕs favorite sonÓ Ñ the Bard of Ayrshire himself Ñ Robert Burns. The fifth annual Robert Burns Night performance will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Little Prague Bohemian Restaurant, 330 G St., […]

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