Album Review: Sleep

Oregon Failure (Oldominion)

Album Reviews [PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure, the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a question that most rappers undou ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Illmaculate

Clay Pigeons (Sandpeople Music)

Album Reviews [ANXIOUS RAP] “It must have been a mix-up,” Illmaculate says three minutes into Clay Pigeons, after pummeling the listener with relentless bars dumped over a piano-led Lou Reed sample. “I th ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Shook Twins

What We Do (Curlypinky)

Album Reviews [INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Golden Retriever

Seer (Thrill Jockey)

Album Reviews [PLATINUM IMPROV] It’s not whether these sounds are fitted together right, it’s just that they’re fitted together. Golden Retriever, comprising locals Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet and M ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Spirit Lake

The Biggening (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [PSYCH BLUES] Despite the reservations, sometimes bigger is better. From the onset, Spirit Lake’s third album, appropriately titled The Biggening, is more grandiose than the group’s past eff ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Coronation

Rumor (Warble)

Album Reviews [PROTO DANCE] In 1971, Bernhard Mikulski started ZYX Records, feeding an insatiable Western appetite for dance music. The German label clasped dance to rock using newfound electronic instrumenta ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ages and Ages

Divisionary (Partisan)

Album Reviews [CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Battleme

Future Runs Magnetic (El Camino)

Album Reviews [ELECTRO-SHOEGAZE] Battleme started as a single acoustic country ballad called “Burn This Town,” which received heavy airplay after its inclusion in the second-season finale of Sons of Anarchy ... More

Feb 26, 2014 12:01 am by GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: Albatross

Albatross (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SOLLEE WITH STRINGS] Being a distinct frontman is a double-edged sword for Ryan Sollee. The Portlander’s primary outfit, the Builders and the Butchers, delivered yet another album of brooding, ... More

Feb 19, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Liv Warfield

The Unexpected (Kobalt)

Album Reviews [GROWN-UP SOUL] Attention, Sir Paul: Liv Warfield questions your ornithological knowledge. “Paul McCartney got it wrong/ I ain’t never want no song,” the Portland-based belter sings on “ ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

First Love, Last Rites

What happens after you get what you want?

Here Comes Your Fan Four years ago, I sat, a fresh-faced prospective intern, across from WW’s notoriously cantankerous assistant Arts & Culture editor, Steffen Silvis, and told him I wanted to write about music. He ... More

Jul 23, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Moral Support

Menomena’s Danny Seim steps into the spotlight.

Here Comes Your Fan Some people love to be the center of attention. Danny Seim, best known as drummer and co-songwriter for the awesome, experimental-pop triple-threat Menomena, is not one of those people. He’s bee ... More

Jul 16, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Privileged Information

PIAPTK releases music worth its weight in vinyl.

Here Comes Your Fan Mike Dixon doesn’t cater to just your average nerd. He may be a high-school accounting and introductory computer teacher in nearby Olympia, Wash., but the bespectacled 29-year-old spends just as ... More

Jul 2, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Human Touch

Viva Voce branches out, in sound and number.

Here Comes Your Fan I believe it was the Boss who so eloquently sung the praises of “human touch” back in the ’90s. And though husband-and-wife duo Viva Voce—whose discography includes such mushil ... More

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Rock ’N’ Roll Savior

Remembering Christian music’s unlikely forefather.

Here Comes Your Fan Christian rock is probably the furthest thing from most kids’ minds when considering ways to rebel. But Greg Glover—host of KRNK’s Sunday night program, the Bottom Forty, and founder ... More

Jun 11, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

The Housewife’s Choice

Six reasons why ladies love Sir Tom Jones.

Here Comes Your Fan Tom Jones turns 68 years old this Saturday. Yet, last Thursday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, women of all ages threw panties at him, squealed with twitterpation and smiled at his every word. E ... More

Jun 4, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Just Like Heaven

Three days of rock boil down to one old fave.

Here Comes Your Fan At the end of the South Park episode where the Cure’s Robert Smith defeats a giant, monstrous Barbra Streisand—she plays “Mecha-Streisand” to his “Smithra” in a bat ... More

May 28, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Alma Matters

A tale of two high-school fundraisers.

Here Comes Your Fan Do-goodery hits us at different times. For 16-year-old Lincoln High student Alden Harris-McCoy, the charitable urge struck when he realized profits from his Curbside Market—a food cart he runs d ... More

May 14, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Soul Man?

Colin Meloy tries his hand, er, voice at Sam Cooke.

Here Comes Your Fan I have a lot of faith in Colin Meloy. The Decemberists frontman is capable of many wondrous things: writing a pop song that casually employs the word “balustrade,” for one; convincingly de ... More

Apr 30, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

The Accidental Venue

Exit Only fills a void in Portland’s all-ages scene.

Here Comes Your Fan Last Monday night, I found myself wandering under the Fremont Bridge’s industrial east side. The block I was pacing—between North Albina Avenue and Tillamook Street, just off the MAX&rsquo ... More

Apr 16, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Permanent Vacation

Peter Buck talks life after R.E.M., his solo records, sabotaging the Verve, hitchhiking in Portland and not talking to the media.

Music Stories Peter Buck doesn’t need me. Thirty years amassing one of the most sanctified discographies in American music—and a bank account festooned with zeroes—has ensured him of that. R.E.M., the immeasurably ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Federale

Music Stories Federale, perhaps the only band in Portland playing original spaghetti Western soundtrack music, marks an unlikely 10th anniversary this week. Founding member Collin Hegna recalls the group’s ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Souvenir Driver: Wednesday, April 23

Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.

Music Stories When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Holy High Day

Your 4/20 concert guide.

Music Stories What is 4/20, anyway? Theoretically, it’s unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day, but that implies those who observe it don’t appreciate the shrubbery of the gods every other day of th ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Phone Call

Music Stories Who: Bailey Winters (vocals, drums, bass, production), Johnny Zeigler (keyboards, drums, bass, production). Sounds like: The disco love child of R. Kelly and Flight of the Conchords.   For fans ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by GRACE STAINBACK

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, April 19

Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t.

Music Stories [FOLK] Alynda Lee Segarra admits she’s gotten soft. Once a teenage vagabond, who left home before she was old enough to vote and spent time hopping freight trains and hitchhiking around the co ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Introducing...: Motrik

Music Stories Who: Cord Amato (guitars and synths), Lee Ritter (drums), Erik Golts (bass and synths), Dave Fulton (keyboards, Moog Taurus bass pedals).  Sounds like: Cruising the autobahn at 100 mph while ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Of Ice and Fire

Little Dragon goes home again.

Music Stories Little Dragon took the long road back to Gothenburg.  Seven years ago, the electronic soul quartet left its hometown, the second-biggest city in Sweden, and didn’t take an extended break ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Factory Floor, Dva Damas

Music Stories [POST-INDUSTRIAL] London’s Factory Floor is a manufacturer that has fully embraced cottage industry over mass production. Forging some of the harshness of industrial with a lightness and space ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Show Preview: Schoolboy Q, Isaiah Rashad & Vince Staples

Music Stories [LOS AWESOME] It’s not a big stretch that Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q decided to title his major-label debut Oxymoron. Schoolboy, who rolls as part of the ... More

Apr 9, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Gata Salvaje

A white girl's journey into Portland's Latino stripculture.

Night Avenger Strip clubs are like raindrops in Portland: They're everywhere. And like the rain, stripculture is seemingly indiscriminate, catering to a largely mixed (and mixed-gender) crowd. For anyone to willing ... More

Oct 5, 2005 12:00 am by Karla Starr

BC's American Saloon Outlaws, Legends and Lovers, aug. 17

Club sheds sci-fi veneer, goes where no hipster joint has gone before.

Night Avenger BC's American Saloon Outlaws, Legends and Lovers, aug. 17"I like rocking with the boot-scooting boogie." That's Tabbitha-but call her Tabotage. Loose black tank top, hair whimsically shorn, she's the ... More

Aug 24, 2005 12:00 am by JAY HORTON

Rejection at the City Bar

Welcome to the Real World.

Night Avenger I can't believe it myself. It's as bad as we all think. Inside the newly revamped sports bar downtown called The City, I'm waiting to audition alongside about 400 other idiots/idolaters for MTV's Real ... More

Apr 27, 2005 12:00 am by Morgan "angry Ex-hick Poet" Moody

Daubing the Gap

Night Avenger Some think American youth never associate with their elders. These people have never visited Sunset Bingo.Out on Western Avenue, just past the Dolphin II Gentleman's Club and Fantasy Video, stands a b ... More

Mar 30, 2005 12:00 am by Josey Bartlett

AcciDenTaL JazZ

Night Avenger Koji Okuno is one of a truly rare breed: club owners who are themselves jazz fans, and who want to see the music presented in the best setting possible. That's why the owner of local Japanese restaura ... More

Feb 9, 2005 12:00 am by DAN DEPREZ

LeT iT BeaD

Night Avenger In a city where stripping for a living is considered less offensive than working for Starbucks, the Mardi Gras tradition of trading a glimpse of one's naughty bits for beads seems downright quaint. To ... More

Feb 2, 2005 12:00 am by Cole Cohen

Over Her Dead Body

Night Avenger Last Friday night Lisa Wells stood in the front of more than 60 people and read them an acerbic email her best friend, Esther Barnum Alman, wrote her last year, after the 25-year-old woman found out s ... More

Jan 26, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

We're Not in College Anymore

Night Avenger At the ripe old age of 25, it has already become apparent that I can't party like I used to. My college years of binge drinking and getting off virtually scot-free are gone. The all-day hangover has a ... More

Jan 19, 2005 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Keep It Like a SECRET

Night Avenger People like their hideouts to seem immutable--as if a freak landslide sealed a chamber off from the busy world in 1962 and, by chance or fate, they cleared away the rocky rubble to claim this forgotte ... More

Jan 12, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

HOLLYWOOD and VINO

Night Avenger Once the holiday hangover wears off, January boasts nothing but bills, bank statements and the chilly suspicion that your heat is about to be turned off. Only one street in Portland can assuage such w ... More

Jan 5, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

We are family

How Foureveryoung's family ties allow it to cut the crap.

Riff City When Foureveryoung—the musical project of Loch Lomond's Ritchie Young and his three younger brothers—first booked a show at Mississippi Studios, owner Jim Brunberg said, "I'm not gonna che ... More

Mar 28, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Austin City Limits

Exhausted Portland bands share stories from SXSW.

Riff City Every year, Austin, Tex., is host to literally thousands of bands during the giant annual press conference and music fest that is South by Southwest (SXSW). This year (like most), a good assload of th ... More

Mar 21, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Fucked Up And Beautiful

Living history and moving on with Modest Mouse.

Riff City On "Spitting Venom," perhaps the awesomest track on Modest Mouse's latest, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Isaac Brock sings, "We've got a knack for fucked-up history." You can say that again, ... More

Mar 14, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Broken Record

Riot Cop finds itself in bad company on a new punk comp

Riff City When Riot Cop's Dominic Drumgo saw the booklet for Choke On It—a vinyl compilation of Portland punk that features his band—he treated the record just as he used to treat those by the famou ... More

Mar 7, 2007 12:00 am by Jason Simms

C'mon, Feel The Hair

Revisiting Copy on the eve of his sophomore release

Riff City In the year since Marius Libman— the finely dressed, massively bearded gentleman behind electronic dance project Copy—released his stellar debut LP, Mobius Beard, and took WW's Best New Ba ... More

Feb 28, 2007 12:00 am by Michael Byrne

The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Michael Rockstar gives silliness a good name.

Riff City In the land of what he calls "hyper-expressive" songwriters, Michael Rockstar is an odd bird: a musical comedian. What's more: He's actually pretty funny. It's not necessarily his Adam Sandler-esque f ... More

Feb 21, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

For the price of a cup of coffee...

Meet John Barrios, the Sally Struthers of local music.

Riff City According to its online bio, local record label Love Harder "started out as a slogan after the demise of the American Electoral System." But, over beers at the label's two-year anniversary show this p ... More

Feb 14, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Friends in High Places

How Portland helped All Smiles' Jim Fairchild find his voice.

Riff City Jim Fairchild—best known for playing guitar in now-defunct Modesto, Calif.,-based blip-pop band Grandaddy—lived in Portland for only seven months. But during that short time in 2005, Fairc ... More

Feb 7, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Rebirth Of The Cool

A trio of new owners brings the rock back to Slabtown.

Riff City Slabtown is more than a bar. The name not only denotes a region—Industrial Northwest Portland—it embodies a history: In the 1880s, rich folks used "Slabtown" to refer derogatorily to worki ... More

Jan 31, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

If this ain't the blues..

Local legend Sonny Hess gets a dose of real-life inspiration.

Riff City "Guacamole!" exclaim two women at a local Starbucks. They're not trying to place a special order; local blues legend Sonny Hess and award-winning bass player Lisa Mann (who was greeted by Hess with a ... More

Jan 24, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Double the Blackness!

New releases by Black Angel, Black Heart Procession, The Culottes, Reload and Thalia Zedek.

Sonic Reducer Black Angel Bitter Suite (self-released) Before their long-running weekly gig at Dante's came to an end, Portlanders with a taste for hot-buttered soul could sate themselves regularly with Black ... More

Oct 30, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Treasure + Trash

New albums by Amon Tobin, Beck, Jets to Brazil, Floetry and Radio Zumbido

Sonic Reducer Amon Tobin Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) Ninja Tune posterchild Amon Tobin delivers yet another collection of complex, confounding and endlessly creative cuts. This time, he inches closer to t ... More

Oct 23, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Bright New Sounds of the Great North West

Fresh-pressed regional product from Badger King, Pete Krebs, Minus the Bear and Sleep of Oldominion.

Sonic Reducer The Badger King The Tongue and Tooth EP (States Rights) Sometimes seeing the Badger King live feels more like being at a karaoke bar than a rock show. It's hard to pin down what, if anything, "pr ... More

Oct 16, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Heat, Insects and Omaha

Canada's Hot Hot Heat, creepy-crawly Tribes of Neurot, Sinéad's wispy misstep and more.

Sonic Reducer Hot Hot Heat Make Up the Breakdown (Sub Pop) Victoria, B.C., is known as a pretty traditional town, a geographically and chronologically unlikely outpost of tea-'n'-crumpet Edwardian Englishness ... More

Oct 9, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Ani, Iron, Glitch-Funk & Trust

Recordings by Ani DiFranco, Iron & Wine, National Trust, Spaceheads and Squarepusher.

Sonic Reducer Ani DiFranco So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe) The album, recorded in "some club in Nantes, France, and that bar in Boise, Idaho, and a few places in between," is a career-spann ... More

Oct 2, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Biblical Fear and COCO, too

Reviews: K Records' lo-fi action, 16 HP's loathing, Green Day's homage, more.

Sonic Reducer COCO The COCO Sound (K) COCO's analog drum-and-bass picks up where Dub Narcotic Sound System starts to get boring (i.e., after the first two minutes of any DNSS song) and offers some heady respi ... More

Aug 7, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Exhumed Undead!

Digging up American Analog Set, The Pixies, Marianne Faithfull, metal and more.

Sonic Reducer American Analog Set Updates EP (Tiger Style) This EP is a collection of two American Analog Set rarities remixed by the band itself, and two remixes each by Her Space Holiday and Styrofoam. HSH pr ... More

Jul 10, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Southern Comfort?

Vastly different sides of Dixie from Antiseen, a Cajun tribute and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Sonic Reducer Antiseen Screamin' Bloody Live (TKO Records) On the night of June 6, 2001, I was torn. Hickoid behemoths Antiseen were set to take the stage at the Ash Street while Dead Moon was over at Satyricon, ... More

Jun 19, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

We've Gone Klezmer Krazy!

Diaspora-a-go-go with Avenue A, Abe Schwartz, Dave Tarras, Frank London and Les Yeux Noirs.

Sonic Reducer Abe Schwartz The Klezmer King (Columbia/Legacy) Les Yeux Noirs Balamouk (World Village) Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars Brotherhood of Brass (Piranha)Abe Schwartz stepped off the boat in ... More

Jun 5, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

7 GOING STEADY

New albums by Bella Fayes, The Decemberists, The Makers and more.

Sonic Reducer The Bella Fayes The Truth in a Beautiful Lie (Secret Decoder)Bella Fayes guitarist-singer Lael Alderman has endured some bruising encounters with the beast that dwells within the music industry. ... More

May 29, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Top Five Macaulay Culkin-Themed Pizza Recipes

By Noah Antieau, owner of Lonesome’s Pizza

Top 5 You may remember Macaulay Culkin as the precocious child actor who sadistically tortured Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern in the Home Alone movies. Well, he’s all grown up, and playing in a pizza-obsess ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

The Top Five Greatest Stories Slick Rick Ever Told

by Risky Star

Top 5 “A Teenage Love” A story of adolescent love and the insecurities of young men and women. This song brings me back to childhood and the electric energy my neighborhood had at the time in the �� ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Key Moments In The Devolution Of Kings of Leon

Top 5 Only by the Night. For its first three albums, Kings of Leon were the state-fair version of the Strokes, deep-frying catchy garage-rock guitars in a batter of Southern colloquialisms and producin ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Must-Listen Music Shows On XRAY.FM

Top 5 Take It to the Bridge! Host: Theo Craig of Rontoms Sunday Sessions.Program description: “Part serialized sci-fi radio drama, part call-in request show with a focus on music from the Pacific Northwe ... More

Mar 12, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Things From Last Year’s SXSW That Convinced Me To Stay Home This Year

Top 5 A volunteer tried to extort $20 from me.  Arriving at a free day party I’d RSVP’d to and finding 20,000 people who’d done the same, I was pulled aside by the guy monitoring the line, w ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Most Underrated Albums We’ve Played On

by Eyelids

Top 5 Sunset Valley, The New Speed (1998) Led by singer-songwriter Herman Jolly and featuring Eyelids guitarist Jonathan Drews, Sunset Valley’s ace guitar pop was supposed to be Portland’s Next Big ... More

Feb 5, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Essential Phil Anselmo Albums

Top 5 Pantera, Cowboys From Hell (1990) The first “real” Pantera record, on which the band shed its early glam image to focus thoroughly on thrash metal. If you aren’t seeing stars by the end of ... More

Jan 15, 2014 12:01 am by CAT JONES

Top Five Essential Patterson Hood Songs

Top 5 “The Living Bubba,” Gangstabilly (1998) The Drive-By Truckers’ creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

Top Five Mariachi Songs That’d Make Great Metal Songs

By El Cucuy of Metalachi

Top 5 “El Cascabel” (“The Bell”) It’s actually been done before, and we have actually started a Metalachi arrangement of it, pero is not ready. It would sound good because it is in a minor key an ... More

Dec 11, 2013 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Bands That Don’t Exist

by Eric Andre

Top 5 Polyamorous Brazilian AtheistSounds like: A vacuum cleaner and a carnival procession with a woman speaking barely audible gibberish in the background. Alien vs. Predator vs. Brown vs. the Board of ... More

Nov 6, 2013 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF
 

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