Cool Nutz “A Birthday To Remember” – TUESDAY MAY 10th

A message from Cool Nutz:

I wanted to reach out to you personally and let you know about my upcoming birthday party that will be taking place on Tuesday May 10th.  We will be ringing in my birthday in grand fashion.  We have a great line up of talent and I would love to see you there.

We have appearances from Maniac Lok, Illmaculate, Mikey Vegaz, Dubble OO, Arjay, Spark Diggz, and J-Ritz & Saywords.  The night will be hosted by DJ Fatboy and Official Portland Trailblazer DJ OG One.

I would love to share my birthday with you and spend this time with friends, family, and other special people that have been involved in my life. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday May 10th, 2011 & Runaway Productions Present
“A Birthday to Remeber…”
Ash St Saloon 21 & over w/ I.D. 9pm
225 SW Ash St
Portland, OR 97204
  • Cool Nutz
  • Maniac Lok
  • Illmaculate
  • Mikey Vegaz
  • Dubble OO
  • Arjay
  • Spark Diggz
  • & J-Ritz & Saywords
  • hosted by DJ Fatboy & DJ O.G. One



Black N Blue 2011

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the new album from Portland-based Rockers Black ‘N Blue on May 13 in Europe and May 17 in North America.
Hell Yeah! is a proud comeback statement for a band that wrote the pages of hard rock history in the 80’s. Black ‘N Blue released four successful and critically-acclaimed albums through Geffen Records: their self-titled debut (1984), ìWithout Loveî (1985), ìNasty Nastyî (1986), and ìIn Heatî (1987), with the latter two albums produced by the legendary Gene Simmons of KISS. Catalogue sales in the US were in excess of one million units and the band’s original guitar player Tommy Thayer went on to replace Ace Frehley in the current KISS lineup.

Black ‘N Blue reunited for the first time in 2003 under the initiative of singer Jaime St. James, when he began writing tracks for a new album along with original member,Jef “Woop” Warner. The process came to a halt when St. James joined Warrant as their new lead vocalist in February of 2004. In recent years, Jaime has been releasing records and touring the world with Warrant.

In late 2008, plans to get back into the studio and finish the ìHell Yeah!î album were underway, as well as festival appearances and other touring. ìThe band’s line-up is all original except Shawn Sonnenscheinî, tells Jaime St. James ìbut he has been in the band now for about 8 years. Still the new guy….Jeez!î. Black ‘N Blue recently joined the ever-expanding roster of Frontiers Records.

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Black 'N Blue - Hell Yeah

ìHell Yeah!î goes back to the roots of the ìclassicî Black ‘N Blue sound, mixing tight and hard rocking songs with a sleazy attitude. “This new album is a real thrill for us and all of the BNB fans” says St. James. “Our last studio recording was in 1988 so it’s a big deal. This is a classic BNB-sounding CD and could be described as a cross between all our previous records. It is heavy for the most part, but I like to think it reminds me of our first album. That’s why we brought back the original logo. We just modernized it”.

Black ‘N Blue will make a special live appearance at the M3 Rock Festival at the Merryweather Post Pavilion in Columbus MD on May 14. More shows and festivals to be announced.

The new album ìHell Yeah!î will include the following tracks: Monkey; TargetHail HailFool’s Bleed; C’mon; Jaime’s Got The Beer; Angry Drunk Son Of A Bitch; So Long; Trippin’; Falling Down; Candy; Hell Yeah!; World Goes Round.

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Will we see a special Portland show before anyone else? we can only hope.

Lloyd Jones “Highway Bound” CD Release Concert April 28th

Veteran singer songwriter Lloyd Jones will release a long awaited solo acoustic recording of traditional folk blues April 19 nationwide on Underworld Records  titled “Highway Bound”. This collection of old favorites,  represents a long history of rich memories and songs gathered traveling through the years with Big Mama Thorton, Charlie Musselwhite, George “Harmonica” Smith, Big Walter Horton and so many others that paved the way. Special guests include Curtis Salgado and Charlie Musselwhite.

“Lloyd has been a good friend of mine for over 30 years (maybe even longer) and he has always been a great guitar player – great tone and phrasing from the heart. Lloyd is one of the nicest guys in the business – I always look forward to seeing Lloyd and hearing him play.”

Charlie Musselwhite

The Special “CD Release Acoustic Birthday Party Concert” will begin with a short set by one of Jones’ favorite “piedmont pickers” Mary Flower.

In this beautiful setting Jones will play through songs from his new “Highway Bound” recording.  Throughout the night Jones will be joined by Portlands own harmonica legend Bill Rhodes and piano goddess Janice Scroggins, with a return visit from Flowers. No doubt, a birthday to remember! “Put your feet up and smile baby”

Lloyd Alberta Poster

  • April 28th The Alberta Rose Theatre

  • NE Alberta St., Portland, OR)

  • Presents

  • Lloyd Jones “Highway Bound” CD Release

  • Acoustic Birthday Party Concert

  • w/ Mary Flower

  • And Friends!

Tickets  $22 includes CD   $12 without CD

Kasey Anderson & the Honkies’ Hit the Road; and Release Music Video “The Wrong Light”


  • 5/18/11 – Mississippi Studios (with Gasoline Silver) – Portland, OR
  • 5/28/11 – Mississippi Studios (with Sera Cahoone) – Portland, OR

Official website
Myspace page

Seattle and Portland-based Kasey Anderson & The Honkies have a lot going on.  The band has just released their debut full-length, “Heart of a Dog” (Red River Records), and with the album’s release are releasing the music video for the album’s first single, “The Wrong Light.”

See the music video at

The band’s Daytrotter session was recently released, too.
Daytrotter session:

Also, the band has recently released an iPhone app


  • 5/18/11 – Mississippi Studios (with Gasoline Silver) – Portland, OR
  • 5/19/11 – Great American Music Hall (with The Knitters) – San Francisco, CA
  • 5/20/11 – The Mystic Theatre (with The Knitters) – Petaluma, CA
  • 5/22/11 – Amnesia (with Gasoline Silver) – San Francisco, CA
  • 5/25/11 – Bar Pink (with Gasoline Silver) – San Diego, CA
  • 5/27/11 – Redwood Bar (with Gasoline Silver) – Los Angeles, CA
  • 5/28/11 – Mississippi Studios (with Sera Cahoone) – Portland, OR
  • 6/11/11 – Tractor Tavern (with Lazy Susan) – Seattle, WA
  • 6/18/11 – King Cat Theatre (with Soul Asylum) – Seattle, WA

Comprised of Kasey Anderson (vocals, guitar, percussion), Andrew KcKeag (guitar, vocals), Eric Corson (bass), and Mike Musburger (drums), Kasey Anderson & The Honkies bring a wealth of a “who’s who” of Northwest rock to their latest offering.  McKeag has spent time in Presidents of the United States of America and The Long Witers, Corson in The Long Winters and, of course, Musburger from The Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, The Posies, The Supersuckers, and countless other cult Seattle power-pop and indie-rock bands.

“Heart of a Dog,” which was produced by Kasey Anderson and The Honkies and Jordan Richter features guest appearances by The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee (accordion), Richmond Fontaine’s Dave Harding (bass), and several other friends and fellow NW musicians.

With all this going for it, it is no surprise that “Heart of a Dog” has allowed Anderson to move beyond the “roots-rock” or “alt. country” tags he’s previously been welcomed with, and make the rock record he’s envisioned for quite some time.

“I was tired of playing solo shows and I was even more tired of the words ‘roots rock,’” Anderson says by way of explanation. “I just wanted to make a rock ‘n’ roll record.”

Comprised of ten tracks that cannot be mistaken for anything other than rock ‘n’ roll, from the sinister riff of the album’s opening track, “The Wrong Light,” to the barroom piano of the plaintive closer, “For Anyone,” “Heart of a Dog” captures an energy that Anderson insists can come only when “everybody’s in the same room, at the same time.”

To further ensure that each song carried its own immediacy, Anderson – who made his first foray into the producer’s chair on “Heart of a Dog” – refused to play guitar while tracking with his band. “The natural tendency of any ‘backing band’ is to follow the lead of the guy who wrote the songs, especially when he’s got a guitar,” Anderson says. “I wanted to let the band dictate the groves.”

McKeag, a veteran of the Seattle music scene for nearly two decades (with service in The Supersuckers, The Long Winters, and Presidents of the USA to his credit), handles the responsibility ably, filling “Heart of a Dog” with an impressive array of guitar work, from the Stonesy swagger of “Mercy” to the bluesy, Waitsian stomp of “Revisionist History Blues.” Even the album’s more somber material – “Your Side of Town” and “My Blues, My Love” – feature sprawling, atmospheric guitar. “Heart of a Dog” bears the same beautifully literate lyricism that has become a hallmark of Anderson’s work but, in allowing room for McKeag and The Honkies to shine, Anderson has opened up sonic possibilities left unexplored on his previous albums.

Once the band had finished tracking, Anderson invited friends by the studio to, as he says, “play whatever they wanted so long as it was interesting.” Ralph Huntley (Richmond Fontaine), Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists), Garth Klippert (Old Light), Lewi Longmire (Blue Giant), and David Lipkind (I Can Lick Any SOB in the House) all dropped in, leaving Anderson with “more good noise than [he] knew what to do with.”

As Anderson and co-producer/engineer Jordan Richter sorted through all of the “good noise,” they found one very interesting common thread: laughter. “There was somebody laughing at the end of every take, no matter how good or bad,” Anderson says. “Not nervous or embarrassed laughter. Excited laughter; people having fun. We left some of it in. If people listen to this record as loud as I want them to, they’ll hear it.”


Also New Endorsement Deal with Warwick/Framus International

A Life Once Lost

A LIFE ONCE LOST is pleased to announce their brand new endorsement with Warwick/Framus International. Framus and Warwick are known worldwide for their excellently crafted guitars and basses. Framus guitars and Warwick basses are used by several of today’s biggest artists in hard rock and heavy metal, as well as numerous other genres.

“Framus is a perfect match for our sound,” states guitarist Bobby Carpenter. “We have been playing live and recording with Framus guitars for years and are excited to be working with our friends over at Warwick/Framus.”

“We at Warwick and Framus are thrilled to have A LIFE ONCE LOST on our growing roster of US endorsers,” adds Warwick/Framus US Artist Relations Manager Christopher Kunitz. “ALOL is an extremely talented and hard working band, and we are so glad we are working together with them to bring the message of our sonic quality and European craftsmanship to the world at large.  They are a great group of guys and we couldn’t be happier they have chosen Framus and Warwick instruments and amplifiers as their weapons of choice.”

A LIFE ONCE LOST is also pleased to announce the addition of a new drummer to their ranks. After the departure of previous drummer Justin Graves earlier this year, the band auditioned several drummers and landed upon fellow Philadelphia resident Jordan Crouse.

“I’m stoked to be joining up with A LIFE ONCE LOST,” affirms Jordan. “Performing at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival two weeks ago was definitely a great experience and I’m looking forward to touring and working on the new record due out later this year.”

The band is currently finishing their follow up to 2007’s Iron Gag. Paul Romano (Mastodon, Trivium, The Red Chord), designer of the album art for previous A LIFE ONCE LOST records Hunter and Iron Gag, is confirmed to illustrate the album art. The band is looking forward to releasing the upcoming record during the fall of 2011 on their new label, Season of Mist. Season of Mist is home to many other impressive international acts such as Atheist, Cynic, Dillinger Escape Plan, Kylesa, Mayhem, Morbid Angel, and Watain.

For more information on A LIFE ONCE LOST please visit:


Award-winning british soul star to finally hit these shores with blockbuster new album. First-ever us live schedule slated for april, supporting bruno mars & janelle monáe, trek includes north american headline shows and appearance at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. “Stay too long” and “she said” at multi-format radio now, while “the defamation of strickland banks” arrives in stores and at all dsps on april 19th

Atlantic Records has announced the US release of “THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS,” the blockbuster new album from Plan B.  The album – which includes the singles, “Stay Too Long” and “She Said” – arrives in stores and at all US DSPs on April 19th.

“THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS” proved a milestone upon its initial release last year in the United Kingdom, entering the charts at #1 and ultimately earning triple platinum certification.  The follow-up to Plan B’s 2006 debut, “WHO NEEDS ACTION WHEN YOU GOT WORDS,” found the gifted rapper adapting a more R&B-based vocal style on such singles as “Stay Too Long,” “She Said,” and “Prayin’.”

Here in the US, “Stay Too Long” and “She Said” are currently scoring at radio outlets nationwide, with “Stay Too Long” debuting at #39 on the Modern Rock charts this week and its companion video clip now in rotation at mtvU and Logo’s NewNowNext PopLab.

Having made his US live debut last month with sold-out shows in New York and Los Angeles, Plan B is currently set to embark on his first ever North American trek, joining Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars and Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic recording artist Janelle Monáe on their hugely anticipated “Hooligans In Wondaland Tour.”  The dates begin May 4th at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and then continue through a May 27th stop at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom (see attached itinerary).  In addition, Plan B will be among the stars performing at the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, with his set slated for Sunday, April 17th. Following Coachella, Plan B will also play a string of west coast headlining dates, beginning on April 19th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Plan B also recently made his first ever US TV appearance, performing earlier this month on NBC’s Last Call with Carson Daly.  He is now slated to herald the release of “THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS” with a visit to TBS’ Conan, scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th.

Told from the perspective of the fictional title character, “THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS” drew widespread critical praise for its uncompromising lyricism and soulful musical approach. “(Plan B’s) reinvention suits him,” wrote The Guardian. “(His voice) comes into its own here: a high, aching croon that adds an appealing touch of self-doubt to the hardest-hitting lyrics…In a neat touch, the bleaker Strickland Banks’s story becomes, the lovelier the melodies.” “Accessible, polished and brimming with verve,” declared The Telegraph.  “The emphasis here is on (Plan B’s) sweet soul voice and a thumping Motown groove, an intriguing change of direction that’s both passionate and populist.”

“THE DEFAMATION OF STRICKLAND BANKS” proved a breakthrough release for Plan B (a.k.a. Ben Drew) in both his native UK and around the world, hitting the Top 10 in France, Germany, and Ireland while also currently ascending the charts in Australia.  In addition to the widespread critical and commercial success, he received a wide array of award nominations, including the BT Digital Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, the MOBO Awards, and most prestigiously, the 2011 Brit Awards, which honored him with the “Best British Male Solo Artist” trophy earlier this week.

Plan B has also become a certified online phenomenon, drawing nearly 11.5 million views for the “She Said” video alone at his official YouTube channel,

For more information, please visit:


North American Tour 2011

  • April 17th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
  • April 19 – 26 & May 5th –  Headline Tour
  • May 4-11 w/Bruno Mars & Janelle Monáe’s “Hooligans In Wondaland Tour”
  • May 21-26 w/ Adele



  • 17            Indio, CA                        Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival*
  • 19        Los Angeles, CA            El Rey Theatre
  • 21        San Francisco, CA            Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
  • 23        Seattle, WA                        Chop Suey
  • 24       Portland, OR                        Crystal Ballroom
  • 26            Salt Lake City, UT            Urban Lounge


  • 4            New York, NY            Roseland Ballroom
  • 5            Brooklyn, NY                   Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • 7            Camden, NJ                        Susquehanna Bank Ctr.
  • 8            Boston, MA                        Agganis Arena
  • 10            Atlanta, GA                        Fox Theatre
  • 11            Miami Beach, FL            Fillmore
  • 14            Carlisle, UK                        Radio One Big Weekend
  • 21            New York, NY            United Palace
  • 23            Royal Oaks, MI            Royal Oak Music Theater
  • 24            Chicago, IL                        Riviera Theater
  • 26            Minneapolis, MN            First Avenue


Lawson Fusoa Inada and Emmett Wheatfall

“A Celebration of Poetry in Jazz”
Lawson Fusoa Inada and Emmett Wheatfall

In honor of National Poetry Month, Poets Lawson Inada and Emmett Wheatfall are celebrating Poetry in Jazz.  Performances are in Portland on Friday, April 22nd and in Seattle on Saturday April 23rd.  Visit for more information.
“A Celebration of Poetry in Jazz” has been created to share the works of these inspired and gifted writers.  Lawson & Emmett bring their diverse backgrounds, styles and experiences to life in thoughtful, expressive poetic story.  Combined with music these performances are inspiring and evocative.
Lawson Inada is considered a pioneer in Japanese-American literature and has received many honors and awards.  He was named Oregon State Poet in 1991 and served as Oregon’s Poet Laureate from 2006-2010. His collection of poems “Before the War” was the first book of poetry by an Asian American to be published by a major New York publishing house.  He won the American Book Award for his work “Legends from Camp” in 1992.  He won the Oregon Book Award for Poetry in 1997, the Pushcart Prize for Poetry in 1996 and was honored at the White House for a “Salute of Poetry and American Poets.”  He is a Professor Emeritus of English at Southern Oregon University, received two Poetry Fellowships from the NEA, was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry in 2004 and currently serves as the Steinbeck Chair for the National Steinbeck Center.
Emmett Wheatfall is a rising star in the world of poetry.  He burst onto the scene with his recorded work, “When I Was Young” a music and poetry collaboration with producer Noah Peterson.  Featured in Wine and Jazz Magazine, Emmett was called “…one of the most original and powerful debut jazz artists of the year.”  “When I Was Young” is currently on air at various stations throughout the country.  Emmett is a gifted orator and is sought out for his speaking ability.  He has done voice-over work and is an annual presenter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.s “I Have A Dream Speech” for various organizations during Black History Month.
He has two published collections of poems, “He Sees Things” and “We Think We Know” and an audio CD of his poetry entitled, “I Speak.” Emmett has several poems published online for organizations celebrating and promoting African-American Poetry.
  • Saxophones: Larry Nobori, Noah Peterson
  • Piano: Gordon Lee
  • Bass: Andre St. James
  • Drums: Tim DuRoche
Please join Lawson Inada and Emmett Wheatfall for a rare and special evening of Poetry in Jazz.

The Troublemakers CD release show!

troublemakers CD release posterStanding at the crossroads of twang and tremolo, Rich Layton and The Troublemakers play high-octane honky tonk music, harmonica fueled and swampified. It’s the sound of an East Texas roadhouse where the crowds are a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll – and out on the dance floor all night long!

Their second release, “Tough Town” is primed and ready for take-off, and the cd release party will be the place. Saturday April 16th 6pm. At the Secret Society Ballroom, 116 Northeast Russell St. portland OR 503-493-3600

Portland is VERY blessed to have landed this one-of-a-kind original band.

Here’s the title track attached to get the blood flowing…rough,tough, chewy and very tasty!


Tough Town [powerpress]


Troublemakers CD Review