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Introducing...: Soft Shadows


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Who: June Kang (vocals, guitar), Thuy-Duong Le (vocals, synthesizer), Ryan Simon (guitar). Sounds like: What My Bloody Valentine is hiding under all those layers of fuzz. For fans of: Slowdive, Gala   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Wooden Shjips: Thursday, Jan. 16

Portland: Where spaced-out psych-rockers go to retire.


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Moving to Portland made Wooden Shjips drummer Omar Ahsanuddin feel like a kid again. It’s made him live like one, anyway. “I have a drum set in my basement for the first time since I lived at    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scene Report: Metal

Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014.


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Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red Fang   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Migration Song

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter.


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Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Lisa Schonberg


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Entomology and music aren’t exactly natural bedfellows. For Lisa Schonberg, a drummer and insect enthusiast, that was a problem. Either her research projects were being interrupted by her comm   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scene Report: Hip-Hop

The Portland MCs melting mics in 2014.


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Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REED JACKSON

Once In A Dead Moon

The band that made Fred and Toody Cole Portland punk legends rises again—if just for one night.


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Who’s going to tell Fred and Toody Cole they can’t smoke in here? No one at Mississippi Studios, certainly. Upstairs in the North Portland music venue’s green room, the punk-rock power cou   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Scene Report: Electronic Music

The artists who will dominate Portland dance floors in 2014.


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Portland’s indie-rock and folk scenes outshine most other cities’. This is a universally accepted truth, and something that has made electronic music a second-class scene. That’s not for wan   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Live Edition

The most awesome concerts we saw this year.


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Lady Gaga @ Rose Garden, Jan. 15 The mechanical horse! The three-story castle! The raw-meat sofa! However bloodless and derivative her music, La Gaga’s flair for curated scandal does lend its   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF
 

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