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Beyond The Whiskey Rebellion

(July 17, 2014) First up, the Humboldt Folklife Festival goodness continues through Saturday, July 19 – please see the calendar section for full listings, then round out your selections with the shows below,...

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Due Dates

Humboldt is poised to deliver

(July 10, 2014) Somehow what should have been a lackadaisical post-holiday week turns out to have a number of potentially damn fine shows. Of special note, the joy that is the Humboldt Folklife...

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Expression of Freedom

Red lights, white noise and bluegrass

(July 3, 2014) Hey, baby, it's the Fourth of July. What's on your celebration agenda? Debating whether Americans are truly free given the shackles of income inequality, lack of adequate health care and...

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Musical phlegm flam

You think it's funny, but it's snot

(June 26, 2014) I recently found myself sucked into a debate about whether a band member deliberately shooting snot rockets and spitting onto the audience during a show improved or diminished the live...

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Modest Proposals

(Mostly) low-cost good times

(June 19, 2014) It might feel like summer already, what with school getting out and Oyster Fest having happened and your friends lazing at the river (assuming they're not too sunburned, poor things)...

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Breaking Away From the Expected

(June 12, 2014) Hello! I'm here to tell you about some live music performances that will enhance your life, make you more attractive to others and ensure that you don't become the kind...

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Rounding the bass

Drumming up some good times

(June 5, 2014) Ah, baseball! What could be more feel-good than sitting in the stands, cheering on the Humboldt Crabs, seeing all the folks you only see in the summertime, wondering if the...

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Feeling Lucky

Key words for a good time

(May 29, 2014) Sometimes switching gears from reading the news to writing about music requires a sort of conscious cognitive dissonance. "Damn, people are messed up," says my brain, reeling from shootings and...

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Shows that make sense

(May 22, 2014) There are many things I do not understand. The Shugborough Inscription. What a head gasket does. Why we continue engaging in behavior we know to be bad for us....

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A reminder to be kinder

(May 15, 2014) Humboldt State's graduation weekend manifests itself in many ways. Students exhale as the final assignment is turned in and the world crowns them official adults. Parents rejoice in their...

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Country Cocktail

The notes on this week's notes

(May 8, 2014) Let's just launch into it, shall we? Thursday three-fer Soulful string band fans have a chance to experience the SF-based Hot Buttered Rum in a free noontime show on...

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in our blogs...

Tonight's Setlist: Old Friends, Young Voices

(July 18, 2014) Trinidadians, take note: The Westhaven Center for the Arts looks to be hopping this weekend. Tonight at 7 p.m., the RLA Trio (Tim Randles, Mike LaBolle and Bobby Amirkhan) performs...

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Tonight's Setlist: A-Town's Biggish Name Options

(July 17, 2014) Two fine Arcata shows await your attendance tonight. How're you feeling, Humboldt? Christian Lee Hutson is one of a new generation of American singer-songwriters clearly drawn toward the traditional, but...

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Tonight's Setlist: Labor of Love

(July 12, 2014) Here are things Tacocat, Ponytime and Chastity Belt have in common: Seattle A certain danceability to their various forms of pop/punk/rock Members in the "supergroup" band Childbirth.  Julia Shapiro (guitar,...

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