Category: Music Picks

Jon Fro CD Release w/ Jayson Selander, Kylie Burbank, Dustin Hayes and Louis Russell Friday, May 19th at The Space Concert Club at 8:30pm.

Jon Fro is a solid guy and he works hard at this music thing. He’s a huge asset to the Salem scene, so this will be a treat. I’m a little confused why he hasn’t sent me an advance copy of his new CD “Out From Within” that he’ll be celebrating this night (HINT HINT). I’m looking forward to hearing it. Joining him are two more of our faves here in town, Jayson Selander and Kylie Burbank. If you know me, you know I could go on and on about Kylie. What a beautiful voice she has. I haven’t...

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Thollem’s Hot Pursuit of Happiness, Marc & The Horsejerks, Vortex Remover Friday, May 19th at The Fifty Pub at 9pm.

If you’re looking for something a little more on the unusual side, this is where you should be. Thollem definitely should be seen. He’s spent the last 10 years touring North America and Europe. He’s played over 1,000 shows and has collaborated with over 100 artists. He’s critically acclaimed and is an insanely brilliant keyboardist/noise/singer/songwriter extraordinaire. Also on the bill is Marc & The Horsejerks. How does one explain this rag-tag troupe of songsters? One doesn’t. It’s one of those, you have to see it type of things. Also staff favorite VortexRemover. What more can we say about this...

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Rllrbll, Kyle Morton, Orchards, and Dancing Plague of 1518  Saturday, May 20th at The Space at 8pm.

One does not simply ignore when Portland royalty, Rllrbll (pronounced, Rollerball) is in town. It would be folly. Not only does this prolific trio crank out some of the most hauntingly, trancey and instantly beautiful songs, but they’re damn fine humans on top of it. That ALWAYS helps. Also on the bill is Kyle Morton of Typhoon, Orchards and Dancing Plague of 1518 to round out the evening with some gothy darkness. Oh yeah. did I mention this is The Space’s 1st year anniversary show? Well it is. Can you believe it? If haven’t been to the Space yet,...

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Gift of Gab, Lana Shea, ThatKidCry, The Mystics, DJ Hit N Runn Thursday, April 27th @ 8pm @ Kraftworks

Alex Kruse, owner of Kraftworks Taphouse downtown Salem, doesn’t put on a lot of shows. But when he does, they’re usually amazing. Including this little gem. Gift of Gab (in case you didn’t know) is the frontman of the legendary supergroup Blackalicious: a hip hop duo from Sacramento, CA. Gift of Gab has been praised by critics for his rapping skills and has been called a “walking encyclopedia of MC styles.” It’s pretty exciting to have him performing here in Salem and also that he’ll be sharing the stage with some of our own homegrown talent. AND, there will...

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2000’s Music Decade SuperFest Friday, April 28th & Saturday, April 29th @ 5pm @ The Space

Welp, tribute bands seem to be all the rage these days. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but, if you can’t beat ‘em – join ‘em. And, I actually do kind of like these one-off shows. The Space has hosted a couple of these decade, themed nights. This time – it’s the 2000’s. Local musicians will be performing songs by Fu Manchu, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Shins, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Tenacious D, The Killers, The Mars Volta, Fall Out Boy, Muse, Interpol and Queens of the Stone Age – to name most of them. They’re doing...

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