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The Orb and David Gilmour, two great tastes that taste great together.....

CD cover of The Orb's Metallic Spheres

If you would have told me ten years ago that The Orb, who have never been shy about their art-rock and psychedelic leanings, would collaborate with David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, I would have said "Yeah, I wish!"......well, I guess the Gods of Ambient grooves were listening because my wish just came true.

If you grew up listening to Pink Floyd or stealing your dad's Pink Floyd records like I did then you know the gigantic footprint that they left -and are still leaving- on the music industry. Spanning over decades, it is safe to say they have amassed an army of fans and influenced many composers and musicians as well, one of those being LX Patterson of The Orb.

Indie Near You - Thursday, March 10

Artwork by Pan Asral

Indie fans, do you ever feel like your favorite music genre has become so mainstream that it's not Indie anymore? If you're looking for the most independent Indie out there, look no further than your own backyard. Local bands all over the country represent where this music got its start.

Tagged on their website as experimental Indie rock electronica, local act Pan Astral sticks out from the crowd, blending ethereal vocals with integrated chaos in rhythms that range from trippy to poppy. The subtlest hints of rock, grunge, psychedelic, 80s synth pop, trance, and even folk country somehow all find their way into these meandering streams of notes. If you're 18 or older, catch them at the Hi-Dive this Thursday, March 10 with Lamp! and &One.

The National Anthem - 80 years

The Star Spangled Banner - American flag surrounded by fireworks

80 years ago this week, the Star-Spangled Banner was designated the national anthem of the United States by Act of Congress (on Mar. 3, 1931, to be exact.) The words were written by Francis Scott Key during the bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Sept. 13-14, 1814.

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Local Indo-Jazz Fusion

Aakash Mittal's Videsh

Do you like music that defies genre and blurs boundaries? Local musician Aakash Mittal blends the sounds of India with classic instrumental jazz. That might seem unlikely, but he pulls it off with ease to create a rich and piquant experience for your ears.

Mittal's songs range from shamanic and meditative to bustling and chaotic, combining the undulating melodies of traditional Indian music with your classic groovy coffee shop and lounge jazz.

Are you afraid of Classical Music?

The MozART Group

So... afraid of classical music, are you?? Try a dose of giggles! Have a heap of some humorous music!!

Recently, a friend sent me a YouTube link to a Polish quartet who call themselves The MozART Group. I watched the video that my friend sent. And then I watched another and another and another. Although there are currently 49 YouTube videos listed for this group, I decided not to watch all of them in one sitting. My cheeks and my sides were starting to hurt from laughing so hard!

Heavy Metal Poetics

Scurrilous

Today’s heavy metal music shares surprising similarities with the classical music of the past. In Beethoven’s day, his music was thought by some to be distasteful and chaotic; Bach and Vivaldi shocked with their upbeat and technical compositions.  How will the future judge musical pioneers of the present?

"Every word ever written will fall short of its intent

Even sung or spoke or screamed they will betray what they have meant

Language is the heart's lament, a weak attempt to circumvent

the loneliness inherent in the search for permanence"

The Decemberists Tonight at The Ogden

The King is Dead Album Cover

Portland based rock-band, The Decemberists, will be rocking The Ogden tonight. Don't have tickets to the sold out show? Don't despair, the library owns many of their albums, including their latest, The King is Dead, which just came out on January 14th.

If you aren't already a fa

Local bands at your local library!

Nathaniel Rateliff

Some of our local music makers have material available at the library. Check them out, and then go see them around town!

For more local music goodness, check out DPL's local music portal. And for even more, scope out local music sites Reverb, Westword, and the AV Club.

(Click here to see all the albums listed below on one page in the catalog.)

Two person bands

White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan

Large bands are trendy right now. They approach the size of a full orchestra and completely fill the stage. The groups listed here though run in the opposite direction by having only two people!

Jay-Z and N*E*R*D save you from programming your iPod for the party.

Jay-Z

Normally the title "Hits Collection..." or "Best Of..." was seen as a gravestone for a popular musician, a last dash at cash before you retired to your castle in upstate New York or vineyard in California. But in the case of once-retired hit maker/CEO/business mogul Jay-Z, and the touch of gold production team of N*E*R*D, it sounds more like just another calm before the storm.

First off if you are a serious Jay-Z or N*E*R*D fan then there is nothing new for you on these releases other than a trip down memory lane without sitting in a pile of your CDs and 12"s. But the twist here is that if you are a rock-solid Shawn Carter fan or actually bought the N*E*R*D's first album before Pharrel scrapped it and re-recorded the whole thing for a second release, then you might start questioning the use of the titles "Best Of.." and "Hits Collection".

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