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Mic Check: Frank Turner


Though Frank Turner is still a young buck in the folk-punk game—he turns 28 in December—he’s accomplished an awful lot in the past few years. The British songwriter forsook a fledgling career fronting punk bands to write detailed, contemplative pub pop and stirring folk-punk anthems with stylistic nods to Ted Leo, Against Me! and—while Turner says he’s a only recent c...   More
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Incredible Yacht Control, Logan Lynn


Incredible Yacht Control
(Self-Released Free Download)

[LOVINGLY LO-FI] Sometimes a sketch says more than a painting. A friend of mine said that years ago, and the phrase has stuck with me ever since. It’s especially applicable to music, where mainstream pop artists regularly bog themselves down with overbearing production. Brett Vogel makes paintings—warm, imp...   More
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 by Local Cut

Here’s Your Future


Like a loving mama bird, WW breaks MusicfestNW into little chunks you can easily digest.

For us here at WW, the run-up to MusicfestNW can be stressful. Because this publication is behind MFNW, we see a bit too much of its inner workings: There’s MFNW director Trevor Solomon screaming into the telephone; publisher Richard Meeker obsessing over Weather.com; the end...   More
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 by Local Cut

Photo Review: Congratulations, the Old Believers, & the Red River, Sunday, September 13 @ the Old Church


Sunday night at the Old Church, Congratulations, the Old Believers, and buddies from Long Beach the Red River celebrated the release of their first double 7-inch record. Despite a few sound problems—it's really hard to avoid feedback when playing in a church—it was quite the night, w...   More
 
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 by Local Cut

Congratulations/Old Believers: Saying Goodbye Feels Like the End of Something Great (Davis, CA)


Tour Diary
Day 4

Roosters woke us up today. I'm almost certain I'm a Lost Boy, this is Neverland, and that I'll wake up sometime to discover that I'm still in my bedroom surrounded by beer cans and boxes of Cheez-Its. Absurd is the most apt word for our whole tour experienc...   More
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009 by Local Cut

Congratulations/Old Believers: The Matriarch of the Whole Kingdom (Chico, CA)


Tour Diary Day 3
Chico CA

Following the Hi-Dive show in Seattle we saddled up and galloped into the sunset toward Chico, California, land of cowboys and fraternity brothers alike. The drive was roughly 16 hours accounting for the van's mechanical scare and various bodily nece...   More
 
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by Local Cut

Love And A 45


CDs suck and you know it. So here’s a round-up of new local 7-inch vinyl.

Brave Records’ four-way split “14-inch”(Brave Recs)This four-artist, “14-inch” package from new Portland imprint Brave Records is exciting for a few reasons. For one, LAKE sounds amazing with production from Tucker Martine on the warm, Belle and Sebastian-meet-Sesa...   More
 
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by Local Cut

Top 5 Ugliest Coats We’ve Ever Owned



Hip-hop can be boastful, loud and self-serving, but we shouldn’t forget it was music born with an inherent social consciousness. The second annual Hot Nights/Warm Coats show taps into that original spirit. Featuring over 20 regional acts in all—including kingpins like Cool Nutz, Braille and Soul P—HNWC aims to better last year’s total of over 600 coats collected for...   More
 
Wednesday, September 9, 2009 by Local Cut

Congratulations / Old Believers: Structured Calisthenics and a Doorman's Wisdom (Seattle, WA)


Tour Diary
Day 2
August 26th

Following the Olympia show we drove to Seattle, where my old friend Matt was gracious enough to board us for the evening, as well as book a show for the dudes with two of his bands. Matt is the tightest dude ever an...   More
 
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 by Local Cut

Catherine Feeny and the Golden Bears Play Portland Makes Music Tonight!


Just a quick update that tonight at Backspace, singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny and local pop outfit the Golden Bears will share the stage at our monthly interview/performance show, Portland Makes Music. This one came together later than usual, but we're especially excited to invite...   More
 
Saturday, September 5, 2009 by Local Cut
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