Review & Photos: Michael Hurley, Vetiver, Magic Magic Roses @ Great American Music Hall, 9/25/13

Michael Hurley is my hero. 71 years old and still drawing in swarms of young, freak-folk followers. Officially co-headlining the evening, Hurley deservedly played last (and Vetiver respectfully called him up to sing along on their last song). Hurley's set began with "Waiting for the Aliens" but they didn't come. He played "Tea Song" from First Songs (1965), and fulfilled a request for 1971's "Sweedeedee." "Portland Water," it turns out, was written while hitchhiking north from Petaluma. Amidst the catalog, Hurley included a new tune about the horror that is Monsanto. Snock is currently collecting songs for a whole anti-Monsanto [...]

Review & Photos: Friday Night Freak Fest — Michael Hurley, Avengers and the return of the Ghost Town Gallery, 5/25/12

Michael Hurley played the Great American Music Hall on Friday night opening for Cass McCombs. Hurley aka Snock is truly one of a kind. His First Songs came out in 1965 on Folkways, and he joined the Holy Modal Rounders for the ultimate party record Have Moicy! in 1976. Snock captivated the crowd with tales of Jocko jacking off too much and then brought out the achingly beautiful "O My Stars" from 1980's Snockgrass. A lot of these long lost records have been re-released (a few on Portland's primo Mississippi label). Do check them out. There are a bunch at [...]

Live this week: Bay Area shows 8/17-22

Tuesday, August 17 The Blank Tapes, Ash Reiter, Pat Hull @ Bottom of the Hill Wednesday August 18 Wavves, Young Prisms @ Rickshaw Stop The Fresh & Onlys, Honey, Blasted Canyons @ The Knockout Woven Bones, The Sandwitches, The Splinters @ Bottom of the Hill Thursday, August 19 Darker My Love, Sonny & the Sunsets @ The Independent Total Trash Fest: Hunx & His Punx, Shannon & the Clams, Okmoniks, Thee Goochi Boiz, Miss Chain and the Broken Heels @ Thee Parkside Ida, Michael Hurley, Westwood & Willow @ Bottom of the Hill The Lickets, Tied to the Branches, Odd [...]

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