Musical Drag

Musical Drag

(June 29, 2017) I wasn't on top of my game enough to get in a column relevant to the other week's Unpopular Opinions theme but I thought, even though late, why wouldn't I...

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For Want and for Need

(June 22, 2017) Summertime is here, and we're all hoping the living will be easy. To make that possibility that much less certain, my wife and I decided to cut our children off...

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The Kids are All Right

(June 15, 2017) As I wrote this column on Sunday evening in my "office" (a shed in our backyard) a serendipitous moment occurred. Over the occasional sounds of our dogs barking at absolutely...

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Kicking Off Summer

(June 8, 2017) Thursday Electric-acoustic "mayhem" are on the bill this evening at the Mad River Brewery Tap room in Blue Lake at 6 p.m. Returning to the outdoor stage is Kaptain Kirk's...

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Rock Rock

(June 1, 2017) Where did "Southern Rock" come from? The easiest answer is "The South" but you already knew that. Things get a bit more complicated after that. With a measure of...

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Entertained to Death

(May 25, 2017) Technology giveth, and technology taketh away. I've been pondering this thought for a while now. I won't claim to be a fully out-of-the-closet Luddite, but compared to many — my...

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About Bob

(May 18, 2017) My freshman year in high school, I'd hitch rides to school with my friend Cameron and his mother. Cameron and I would groggily listen to cassettes his older brother gave...

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(May 11, 2017) It's never easy nail down a music genre. As with many things ineffable, the more you describe them, the more elusive they seem. Much like quantum physics, the more microscopic...

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(May 4, 2017) There's a lot that makes Humboldt stand out among the other 57 rather bleh counties in our great state. (OK, Mendocino is pretty cool. And Trinity has the Trinity River,...

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Looking for America

(April 27, 2017) Among the few American songwriters who have profoundly impacted the American Songbook as I hazily define it, most would agree Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan are somewhere toward the top...

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4 + 20 More

(April 20, 2017) Humboldt has its own complicated and multifaceted relationship with its best-known cash crop. Whether you are hip enough to call it cannabis or still call it "the dope," it's tough...

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There and Back Again, a Musician's Tale

(April 13, 2017) We here in Humboldt are lucky. It's easy to forget but deep down we know that. We live in a rural part of the state that's hard to get to...

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Parties, Pre-Parties and Celebrations

(April 6, 2017) Thursday Get your string thing on tonight — sounds dirtier than I planned it — down at The Jam in Arcata where local string bands Thursday Night Bluegrass and The...

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The Godfather

(March 30, 2017) Just like many of you, I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard James Brown. I was a kid riding along in my mother's car in...

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Music in the Time of Crisis

(March 23, 2017) Every year it's harder to tell the next generation borrowing money for college is a good idea. Tuitions are on the rise — imagine them ever going down! — and...

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Don't Let Me Fall

(March 16, 2017) It's one of those great weekends where we have a chance to hear one of our hardworking local bands draw a line in the musical sand and commit its work...

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  • Re: The Kids are All Right

    • Great article and info Andy, hope I can visit again before heading back to Australia…

    • on June 22, 2017
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