A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.
One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is
lacking ambition. Since 2008, through his Sahelsounds blog and record
label, the Portland “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” has collected a
Who: Producer Matthew Pepitone.
Sounds like: Ambient music stripped of all pretense
and programmed for club versatility by an itinerant
neurologist-cum-software developer living on a weed farm de
In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like
Satyricon, Portland’s legendary punk club. Take it from drummer David
Parks, who’s played both.
a certain randomnes
Willis Earl Beal drops off the music-industry grid.
Willis Earl Beal has bitten the hand that once fed him.
Over the last decade,
the avant-garde bluesman transitioned from being an occasionally
homeless Army vet, living with his grandmother in
[TRAP LORD] In RL Grime’s “Core” video, giant black
helicopters fly toward a gaping hole in the ocean, an image that
probably holds many metaphors for fans. But we’re going to avoid thos
In the freezing waters of an Oregon lake
in May, Robin Bacior, clothed in a red sundress, tried to stay
submerged. Bacior’s friend, photographer Corinne Krogh, bobbed in the
water as well, a
Need a cure for the Monday blues? Try “cellotronik.”
“A cellist walks into a bar” might sound more like a setup
for a fish-out-of-water gag than a viable basis for a decade’s steady
gig. But Skip vonKuske has long dedicated himself to bringi
Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists are releasing albums on the same day. Who ya got?
Blur vs. Oasis. Jay Z vs. Nas. Mark Kozelek vs. everybody. Now, Portland finally has a pop feud of its own: Carrie vs. Colin.
Granted, this beef
started by sheer coincidence, when Sleater-Kinney
Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer
rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in
full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles
Barra Brown stretches the boundaries of 21st century jazz.
There is always something good under the
surface of any seemingly played-out genre, but the trouble is finding
experts to guide us. In Portland, chefs like Andy Ricker worked hard to