In the April issue of URB, over on page 90, is a familiar name in the magazine's list of "The Next 100" musical go-getters. It's SONTIAGO, whom the mag describes as having "an inspiring voice used to uplift." Like we didn't know that already. Check her out at SPACE on April 21, with DILLY DILLY, opening for KID KOALA.
Anybody remember a jazz musician named ALLEN LOWE? Wrote a book called That Devilin’ Tune: A Jazz History 1900-1950? Well, anyway, he’s got a CD coming out that features, no lie, guest turns from the likes of ERIN MCKEOWN and MARC RIBOT, along with Portlanders JEFF SHAW, TIM HARBESON, KIT DEMOS, and FRANK SANFILIPPO, all of whom are among the city’s most adventurous musicians. Though Lowe apparently is struggling to land a gig, the disc will come out shortly and be called, possibly, Jews in Hell: Radical Jewish Acculturation (we’re sorry, we were too embarrassed to ask if he was kidding, which it’s possible he was, considering the e-mail’s context). Lowe also says he’s organizing some kind of Portland Arts Fest. Who isn’t, really?
Remember SARA COX? She’s emerging from a winter hibernation spent editing and compiling the parenting zine Press On (featuring a certain “Sibilance” staff member) and has booked a Red Door gig in Portsmouth April 23, along with a CD-release gig at SPACE, June 9, for Crowded Is the New Lonely, which we’re pretty sure was at one point named At Home with Home, no? It’s her first effort since the 2003 WCLZ smash Arrive.
Okay, so DOUCE is done. MATTHEW DOUCET has returned to Louisiana to rejoin his LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS. Good news is that they’ll be back playing Lowell this summer if you want to say hello. But they had a good farewell gig at the White Heart last weekend, which featured CHAD HUVAL on accordion and SEAN MENCHER on guitar.