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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

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


Music Stories
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

Album Review: Various Artists

George Jones (Tribute Album) (Deer Lodge)


Album Reviews
[JONESIN’ FOR GEORGE] The late George Jones was a troubled man. By the 1970s, the country great was known as much for his crippling addictions, visits to the psych ward, occasional high-speed    More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: The Parson Red Heads

Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red)


Album Reviews
[FOLKISH PSYCH POP] Nineteen seconds of bright, delicate guitar strums and the warbling cry of the Great Northern Loon is one way to start an album. It’s fitting, though, given that the Parson R   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Quiet Life

Wild Pack (Mama Bird Recording Co.)


Album Reviews
[RUST-BELT POP ROCK] Quiet Life’s “San Luis Obispo” is a carefree slice of twanged-out Americana, bustling with tight, countrified swagger and Tom Petty-ish guitar. It exemplifies the Po   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)


Album Reviews
[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: The National at McMenamin's Edgefield, 9/21

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“You guys must be super cold and wet, while we’re standing here comfortable and dry,” remarked the National frontman Matt Berninger, moments into the band’s sold-out set at Edgefield. It was appropriate, given the densely overcast sky and punctuated pitter-patter of gentle rain, but it wasn’t disheartening. The Portland summer, however, is gone—and the band’s two-hour set gave only...   More
 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Video: “Stomach Pains,” Gaytheist

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No one wants to read that pounding two tablets of ibuprofen after the Big Float could cause severe stomach bleeding. Nor do I want to read any prescription label highlighting the laundry-list of potential hazards that might ensue — drowsiness, headaches, death — if I use any run-of-the-mill pain reliever. I’ve never, however, read a drug label warning me of my potential for spontaneou...   More
 
Monday, July 29, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: "Brahma Bull," Tango Alpha Tango

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We don’t often get excited about an ominous black cloud barreling toward us on the horizon. Luckily, it’s not a rolling, rain-on-your-parade cumulus cloud I’m referring to, but Black Cloud, the first full-length from bluesy Portland quartet Tango Alpha Tango.
The dirty, electrified outfit has been busy prepping i...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Shane Torres

A Texas-born comedian becomes Portland’s funniest person.


Comedy and Variety
Nearly seven years ago, comedian Shane Torres thought the best joke in his arsenal was the first one he’d ever written. Apparently the open-mic patrons at the Hungry Tiger Too didn’t think n   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Summer Guide 2013: The Wind Beneath My Wings

A So-Cal transplant who’s never surfed boards the Gorge.


Featured Stories
There’s a moment of calm before it takes me. I stand stagnant on the deck of the board as it gradually coasts atop the water and my body gently trembles from a sense of eagerness. I’m not quit   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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