The Bangles

the Roseland Theater, November 6 th 2011

text and photos by Brent Angelo

With the release of their newest cd, Sweetheart of the Sun, the Bangles took to the road in support of the cd and to celebrate their 30th anniversary in music. The band brought their show to the Roseland Theater. Before the show, the Bangles treated their fans to a rare in store record store appearance at Portland’s own Music Millennium. It was a real treat to see all of the Bangles up close and personal. Debbi Peterson, Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson all were present and gave their fans that chance they always wanted. The ladies seemed very happy and glad to be there. The concert that followed was simply put – a blast. The Bangles came out to an enthusiastic crowd. They wasted no time by kicking off the show with Anna Lee, their cool first single of the new album. The new cd, Sweetheart of the Sun is classic Bangles filled with great harmonies and music that is straight from the heart. It was great to hear those new tracks live and they went over like they were long time favorites. The Bangles also treated their fans to tracks from throughout their musical history. They touched on every album they have put out really giving old and new fans a good mix of live songs to hear at the show. A show highlight and I could even say a tour highlight might have been their impromptu encore of Dover Beach. That song is simply a hardcore Bangle’s fan favorite. I personally have wanted to hear it for like 25 years. It doesn’t get played live very often, but from a simple request from me, they played it. How awesome is that? These ladies are the real deal. There are no egos here folks. It is a rarity in music to find people like them, who still care that way for the fans. They all put on a great concert, sounded in great form, looked incredible (like they haven’t aged a day) and left the fans wanting more. I hope the wait will not be as long for the next show. I thank the Bangles for their trip to Portland, their kindness at the record store and for still putting on a great show live. If you are looking to buy a cd, let me recommend Sweetheart of the Sun and if you want to see an awesome live show, you missed it.

There was one thing I noticed and one small thing I wanted to add. The Bangles have two strong women out front in concert being Susanna Hoffs and Vicki Peterson, but I think Debbi Peterson gets overlooked at times being behind the drums. There was a moment when both of the spotlights were on Susanna and Vicki while Debbi was in the background. Debbi is a strong drummer and great singer as well. Her vocals are key in songs like Going Down to Liverpool and Live not to mention she has the most famous whistle on record. I just wish she could be more up front with the other two Bangles. I loved the acoustic segments as they brought her from behind the drums and up front in her deserving spotlight as well. In bands like Night Ranger, they bring the drums up front and I think the Bangles could benefit from that too. Each member of the group is just as important as the other and I think the fans would love to have them all up front. All in all, the Bangles are amazing women and musicians….we love each and every one of you. We look forward to seeing what is next from the Bangles…..come back soon

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

REVEAL NEW COVER ART FOR ‘AMERICAN CAPITALIST’

5FDP HEADLINES SHARE THE WELT TOUR IN US

NEW SINGLE “REMEMBER EVERYTHING” SHOOTING UP THE ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH have already made headlines with one of the year’s biggest rock album debuts.  American Capitalist entered at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 in early October and has already sold over 165,000 copies in just a few weeks. Fans can purchase the album on iTunes here. Now, less than two months after the release of the record they’ve got some more news.

Starting this Tuesday, November 22nd, fans will be able to get the brand new cover art for 5FDP’s current album. It features an illustration of the band’s ubiquitous “mascot,” Knucklehead over the backdrop of Time Square in New York City.

“We are the people’s band, and a lot of fans really liked this alternative artwork we had on the tour posters. So many times we heard, “THAT should be the album cover” – so we figured we’d make it happen,” explains Bathory.  “If you like the original cover, that’s cool too – I guess the original will be somewhat of a limited item from now on, so there you go.”

The new Knucklehead illustration will only be replacing the regular edition album version of American Capitalist, while the deluxe edition artwork will remain the same.

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH are still out on the road on their headlining Share the Welt Tour with All That Remains, Hatebreed, and Rains. The tour has been a massive hit, selling out most venues along the way – getting rave reviews for its solid line up and over-the-top visuals.

Jessica Mero, Head of Marketing at Eagles Ballroom in Milwaukee relates. “5FDP‘s show was an intense metal spectacle – a perfect show by a great rock band! Over 4,000 frenzied fans filled the venue and we had to turn away hundreds who showed up too late to buy their tickets at the door.”

5FDP recently released their second single from American Capitalist, “Remember Everything,” which is rapidly shooting up the Active Rock charts.  Fans can listen to a stream of “Remember Everything” here.

SHARE THE WELT TOUR: FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH w/ ALL THAT REMAINS, HATEBREED, RAINS

For a full list of remaining Share The Welt dates visit: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com or their Facebook page.

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American Capitalist on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/american-capitalist/id462974316

Official Site: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com

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Poor Boy’s Soul

Poor Boy's SoulPoor Boy’s Soul is Trever Jones, who makes bone-rattling acoustic stomp music for those pissed off and left behind. Songs on Outlaw Blues such as opener “Burn Down This Old House” or “Movin’ To The City” are caught up in the currents of fate and myth; gratifications and torments of the flesh; today’s news and tomorrow’s final reckoning. It is the perfect drinking music for a sobering nation, full of kick drum, tambourine, and the chattering riffs of an old National guitar.

This is no bullshit stripped down rock, made to look fans in the eyes and not relent, whilst enjoying a whiskey, created by a guy who loves underground hip hop, Woody, and Son House, and doesn’t like to talk to cops. “When I was 10 years old I got my first guitar and that is when I really knew that I wanted to be a musician,” Jones says. “At first I played metal and thrash, then on to punk. When I was nineteen I started traveling around the country hitching and riding trains. So I bought a cheap acoustic and started learning folk, bluegrass and blues from folks on the road. That’s when I started developing the style of music I play now.”

Poor Boy’s Soul officially started in 2008, when Jones was winding down Portland band Biketramp. “The name Poor Boy’s Soul comes form a line in an old time song called ‘Wild Bill Jones,'” Trevor says. “In the song a fella is defending himself and his girl from Wild Bill and he ‘pulls out his gun and destroys that poor boy’s soul.’ And I just love that line.” When he took his second album Everything I Had out on tour, he’d made the decision to go one man band. “I want to reach as many people that I can with my music and keep doing it till I get too old to hold my guitar. And of course make a bit of dough doing it! I don’t want to be a rock star,” he says. One listen to the festival-filling blues-punk come-on overflow of “54 Ways” though, it sounds like it’s going to happen anyways.

Jones finds inspiration in gaunt blues shaman Mississippi Fred McDowell in rants like “You Gotta Move.” Keeping his rocking spare like the original bluesmen, just his nimble grind on the six strings, spasms of laughter and disgust in concert with his fellow wayfaring souls. “That’s when I finally learned how to yell!” he sings (“Nails In The Pines”). His clap and rasp-along rockers have the barest whiff of Waits, because it seems as though Jones is more like a character in one of the down-bound train songs the king of the sad noise is growling about. Jones music is without kitsch, much bar-room sentimentality, or layers of sound affects.

The new release ends on the lovely, terrifying rant “Annalisa”: “You’re stronger than those demons in your head,” he sings. “That is the most different song on the album. It is also the most intimate song too. It is about my sister. She has had a lot of road blocks thrown up in front of her over the years. She has risen above so much and the song is for her and about her. I really feel that lyrically it is one of the best songs I have ever written. It is really a song that comes from my heart, straight to a person that I care for dearly. And I want her to live a better life than the one she was given.

“Songwriting for me is many different things,” Jones continues. “Sometimes it’s a release. When I need to get something off my chest or I am just so overwhelmed with life. So I pick up my guitar and let it come out.” “Annalisa” shows a singer-songwriter as deft as Springsteen, but with many more butterfly knife-sharp poetic details in the wide-open lyrics.

“I am inspired by a little voice in my head that tells me to keep going and to get these words and songs out of my skull. And if I stop I would most likely go crazy. The process of making and performing music seems to me to be like breathing,” he says. He also loves reading books on history, and telling from the topical insouciance of his lyrics (and his love for Dead Prez’s “Let’s Get Free”), has a thing or two to say about politics.

“I think that it is very important to keep politics in music and for artists of all types to challenge the norms of society,” Jones says. “Music that moves me challenges me to think of the world in another way. My favorite musicians are all revolutionaries. We live in a world full of isolation and selfishness. I believe it is our job as artist to pull people out of the modern-techno make-believe world: Facebook, Twitter, and Google news.”

For many years Trever Jones was a farmer in southern Oregon on a small scale organic farm. That may be why his music sounds like it’s made by someone who’s gotten his hands as dirty as his honest thoughts. “Well, I recorded and released my own album because that is the only way I know how to do it. I have no record deal and didn’t want to wait around for somebody to tell me it was time for me to record. I never wait for people to tell me it is time to do anything.” He knew he could produce a great album and he did just that

Currently featured in Performer Magazine http://performermag.com/2011/10/03/spotlight-poor-boys-soul/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=spotlight-poor-boys-soul

AND featured in back to PRINT issue of MAGNET next month!

BURGERVILLE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE SHAKERS’ SESSIONS

BURGERVILLE RECORDS/SHAKERS’ SESSIONS LAUNCH PARTY:  November 15th at Hawthorne’s Burgerville

Artists to perform:

  • Rob Barteletti
  • Ken DeRouchie
  • Nick Peets
  • Steve Wilkinson
  • Bart Ferguson
  • Rob Stroup
  • Casey Neill
  • Plus plenty of “guest” back-up musicians, background vocalists, etc.

Rob Barteletti and Brian Grant Video

BURGERVILLE RECORDS TO RELEASE THE SHAKERS’ SESSIONS, A BENEFIT ALBUM FOR PARKINSON’S PATIENTS THROUGH THE BRIAN GRANT FOUNDATION; ALBUM TO BE SOLD EXCLUSIVELY AT BURGERVILLE RESTAURANTS.

On November 15th, kicking off with a launch party at their Hawthorne location and sold throughout the rest of the year at all of their restaurants, Northwest-based, locally supportive fast-food chain, Burgerville will launch Burgerville Records with The Shakers’ Sessions.  Artists to perform include Rob Barteletti, Ken DeRouche, Nick Peets, Steve Wilkinson, Bart Ferguson, Rob Stroup, and Casey Neill.  Also, there will be “guest” musicians, background vocalists, etc. to make this event a fun time and the perfect launch for The Shakers’ Sessions.

The Shakers’ Sessions is a compilation of Northwest musicians singing songs written by Portland musician, and Parkinson’s patient, Rob Barteletti.  The album will see one-hundred percent of profits going to the Brian Grant Foundation, a non-profit organization that is an informational and inspirational resource for a community of people empowered to live unique and fulfilling lives with Parkinson’s.

More than 1.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative, neurological disorder that that gets worse over time. Parkinson’s is a loss of cells in the brain that produce dopamine which is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals to coordinate movement.

Every day, 195 people are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and it affects more than just the person who has it – it also affects the entire family dealing with Parkinson’s disease.  One such person is songwriter (and former high school teacher) Rob Barteletti, who was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease in 2002.

“At the time I was teaching a theology course that asked the question, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ As I had learned from reading Harold Kushner’s book When Bad Things Happen to Good People, ‘Why?’ is the wrong question; the better question is ‘What are you going to do about it?  How are you going to make the most of the bad things that happen to you and your loved ones?'” Barteletti says without hesitation.  “Perfect,” I thought.  “My chance to put into practice what I have been teaching.”

He continued teaching for more than five years after his diagnosis, retiring in 2007 after 31 years.  After retiring, Barteletti, who realized the clock was ticking on his songwriting, his ability to play and write music on the guitar, dove into his music full-time, writing constantly.

Following a conversation with close friend, and recording engineer/producer Rob Stroup from 8 Ball Studios, the idea was born to do a benefit album for Parkinson’s patients, with local musicians coming in and signing songs Barteletti had penned.

“I had just written a series of swampy, tongue-in-cheek, sad, hopeful songs.  I brought rough demos to Rob Stroup for his opinion.  As we discussed this, we came up with the idea to invite the best singers in Portland and the Northwest to each record one of my songs.  The album would be sold as a benefit, with all profits earmarked for Parkinson’s support organizations,” recalls Barteletti .

Phone calls were made.  Emails were sent.  Soon, Barteletti found Northwest musicians more than willing to participate, including Storm Large, Pete Droge, Fernando Viciconte, Ian Moore, Mike Coykendall, Casey Neill, Bart Ferguson, Steve Wilkinson, Ken DeRouchie, Rob Stroup, and even the one-time student of Barteletti at Jesuit High School, Nick  Peets.

“There are three irrefutable cold, hard facts about Parkinson’s disease: it is chronic, it is progressive, and it is incurable.  Every Parkinson’s patient hears this somber mantra upon diagnosis,” informs Barteletti. “I now understand the reality of those words more than any time since I was diagnosed seven and half years ago.”

He continues, “Over the past few years, my musical skills have diminished, but it’s as if my songwriting has been set free by the disease.  This fills me with hope and inspiration.”

Honored that so many Northwest icons were willing to participate in the making of The Shakers’ Sessions, Barteletti hopes to inspire others with the disease, educate those unfamiliar with its impact on lives, and ultimately raise money to help those living with the incurable disease.

“The collaborative goal is to bring these songs not just public artistic recognition, but more importantly to share this music to bring awareness and funding to The Brian Grant Foundation, to further their cause, and help them provide assistant to those less fortunate than me, who are also living with Parkinson’s.  My dream is to see the day when a cure can be found for this insidious, relentless disease.

But, in the mean time, I hope The Shakers’ Sessions can inspire and offer hope to others like me.  Much like it has done for me,” Barteletti says.

The result is a 12-track collection of roots-oriented, folk-pop-tinged Americana, with each guest vocalist adding their own interpretation to Barteletti’s rustic Americana songwriting style.

The track listing:
  1. Being Jesus Again – Rob Stroup
  2. Queen of Sheba – Fernando
  3. Mr. Heartache – Nick Peets
  4. Ask Me Why – Pete Droge
  5. The Box – Ian Moore
  6. Voices – Storm Large
  7. Fool that Is Me – Bart Ferguson
  8. Bird on the Wing – Steve Wilkinson
  9. Reckoning Day – Mike Coykendall
  10. Wild Woman Blues – Ken DeRouchie
  11. Under Icy Falls – Casey Neill
  12. Her Man, Her Lover, Her Friend – Rob Barteletti

The record will be available exclusively at all thirty-eight Burgerville locations starting November 15th through January 1st.

About The Brian Grant Foundation:

Established in 2010, the Brian Grant Foundation supports efforts to build awareness and education of Parkinson’s disease in order to increase earlier diagnosis, educate patients and their families, and provide a viable forum for people affected by Parkinson’s. Its mission is to be an informational and inspirational resource for a community of people to live unique and fulfilling lives with Parkinson’s disease. Recently, the Foundation launched its new website, www.poweringforward.org, designed to support newly-diagnosed Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. After playing professional basketball for 12 seasons in the NBA, Brian Grant was diagnosed in November of 2008 at age 36 with young onset Parkinson’s disease. Since, he has become an advocate and an inspiration for those living with PD.

http://www.briangrant.org