Lord Huron and the New Frontiersmen

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music   Davy Crockett, Lewis and Clark, Ben Schneider… Perhaps that last name doesn’t have quite the same heroism attached to it as the others, but it ought to. Schneider – better known as Lord Huron – is a modern-day journeyman engaged in his own Manifest Destiny. Hailing from Michigan and settling in the Wild West of Los Angeles, the folk musician seems to come from a time before fast cars and social media. His world –... READ MORE

Occur's Favorite Music of 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014 at 5:00 AM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music U2 invaded our iTunes, everything came up butts and Taylor Swift became the first musician since ... herself to sell more than 1 million copies of an album in its debut week. Underneath the publicity stunts and sonic 180s (not just the Sonic Highways), 2014 provided some memorable surprises musically. Dig in and see what we dug this year.   Album image courtesy Republic   FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright in the End In... READ MORE

Concert Review - Desaparecidos

Sunday, November 10, 2013 at 4:41 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts Conor Oberst of Desaparecidos. Photos by Melissa Bobbitt The scalper barked a confused message into his phone: “Yeah, they’re called Desaparecidos, but the audience is a bunch of 25-year-old white kids.” This over-the-hill peddler of ill-begotten wares might have been baffled, but those actually there to see the fabled Omaha band were elated. The post-punk-emo quintet, led by nu-Dylan scribe Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, were to play a raucous set that gave these pale urban... READ MORE

Concert Review - Way Over Yonder

Monday, October 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Concerts The contract was signed in blood: They were to play only folk songs. The maniacal mastermind behind the coup watched from the wings, shooting ominous looks at the man on display as he toyed with the idea of throwing in a little rock 'n' roll. That wouldn't fly here. One misstep, and he'd be fed to the sharks. Or worse-- the tourists. Capitalizing on the success of the summer Twilight Concerts, which featured No Age... READ MORE

Road Trip Soundtracks

Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM
Melissa Bobbitt

  Music Photo by Melissa Bobbitt I just returned from an epic Pacific Northwest vacation with friends, and many wonderful memories were etched into our minds. But with any adventure, the music that accompanied us was just as important as any sightseeing we did. Music can transport us right back to those magical places we never want to leave. Or it can remind us of hysterical moments - none of us can get Ludacris' "Pussy Poppin'"... READ MORE