Norfolk & Western
Portland-based Norfolk & Western just released another full length, The Unsung Colony, building on their understated folk-rock sound. Featuring former and current members of fellow Portland-ites (how did Portland get to be the hippest town in the country all of a sudden?) The Decemberists, the band is a vehicle for Adam Selzer, who has also worked with what has to be the most talented man to come out of Portland, M. Ward. Norfolk & Western's music contains the same reverence to history and storytelling as the two aforementioned artists. Maybe it's the town's proximity to the end of the Lewis and Clark trail or something. Don't be fooled though, Selzer and Co. know how to use a studio and modern musical inventions - there is some interesting production on tracks like "Arrangements Made" and that cool ghostly wah instrument (EDIT: turns out that instrument is old school too) on standout track "How To Reel In." Fans of down-trodden, orchestral Northwest indie rock will dig this.
Norfolk & Western- The Longest Stare from The Unsung Colony
Norfolk & Western- How To Reel In from The Unsung Colony
Tour dates ahoy!
11-10 Spokane, WA - Whitworth College
11-13 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
11-14 Madison, WI - Café Montmartre
11-15 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
11-16 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
11-18 Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
11-19 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge'
11-20 Washington, DC - DC9
11-21 Greensboro, NC - The Flying Anvil
11-24 Norman, OK - Opolis
11-25 Denton, TX - Rubber Gloves
11-26 Austin, TX - Emo's
11-28 Tucson, AZ - Plush
11-30 Los Angeles, CA - TBA
12-02 San Francisco, CA - TBA
12-07 Seattle, WA - TBA
12-08 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge