Boom Times

(June 30, 2022) This week's headline might be a little sarcastic and only half-referencing what will undoubtedly be a spectacular fireworks display on Monday evening. Many people are really hurting and upset right...

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Bivalve Bedlam

(June 23, 2022) One of my favorite sounds is the soft rustle of a breeze through the leaves of a tree. I'm talking about broad leaves here, like a maple tree, not the...

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Summer's Sweetest Songs

(June 16, 2022) "He's a moody old man/ song of summer in his hand/ he's a moody old man." So begins Kate Bush's "Delius (Song of Summer)," a gorgeous, impressionistic paean to the...

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Land of Living People

(June 9, 2022) Well, here we are, a few blinks away from the halfway mark of 2022. At least that's how it seems to me, though I've been reckoning time very oddly...

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Fresh Fables

(June 2, 2022) It's a brand-new month on the cusp of a new season, so let's try something new in the Setlist. Rather than fill your head with information about some weird thing...

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Laugh It Up

(May 26, 2022) I'm happy to report I finished last week with a show that absolutely repaired my mood and gave me just enough oomph to get back to the working week. I...

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Dr. Woo

(May 19, 2022) I'm writing this at the beginning of the week, the day after the eclipse of the Super Flower Blood Moon. I'm probably more immune to the effects of magical thinking...

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Better Git it in Your Soul

(May 12, 2022) Having grown up in love with the work of Charles Mingus, I am excited for Thursday's show. Which is good news because there hasn't been much else in the world...

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Vaya con Dios

(May 5, 2022) One aspect of this gig that I haven't relished over the years is reporting when another member of the Humboldt music scene has passed away. I try to keep things...

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(April 28, 2022) As is sometimes the case in the re-emerging world of local live entertainment in which we find ourselves, the good shows are simply not spread out evenly across the week....

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Rock of Ages

(April 21, 2022) I've been reading about and looking at a lot of prehistoric art recently. Maybe when the future looks bleak enough, it's a survival instinct to look back at the...

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Microphone Season?

(April 14, 2022) I'll make this quick, for once. I have included both open mics and karaoke gigs here in the Setlist this week, with the obvious elephant of two-plus years of plague...

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Once More, with Feeling

(April 7, 2022) All right, here we go again. We've got a lull in the pandemic wave action and, for better or for worse, live music is being made with a few minor...

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Giving Up the Ghost

Penner's When We Fall Apart

(March 31, 2022) Regular readers will remember I enjoy reviewing records in an appropriately intimate, yet dynamic environment — specifically, while driving to somewhere pretty in my truck. This week however, circumstances came...

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A Little Taste of Royalty

Conman Bolo's "King Spliff"

(December 9, 2021) So much has changed in the last two years, it's sometimes difficult to keep track of every little turn of the screw. In the old days, I used social media,...

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Little Graces

Sara Milonovich and Greg Anderson at the Arcata Playhouse

(November 18, 2021) Lately I've been focusing on small graces and pleasures: a walk in nature with a loved one, a good meal, seeing a cool bird, or reading something full of brilliance...

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As It Was, So Shall It Be

Eureka Symphony opens again

(October 7, 2021) On Oct. 1 and 2, the Eureka Symphony opened its 30th anniversary season at the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts with a program that was aptly titled "Re-Emergence." I...

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Photos: Oyster Fest 2022

(June 26, 2022) It wasn't quite hot enough to cook an oyster, but the sun shone bright over the rebooted and relocated Arcata Bay Oyster Festival in the Creamery District on Saturday, June...

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Steel (Guitar) Yourselves: Folk Fest is Back!

(June 22, 2022) The Humboldt Folklife Society announced today that the Humboldt Folklife Festival is returning for the first time in three years with the (pre-COVID, traditionally annual) event slated for July...

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