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Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)


Album Reviews
[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Headout: Tree Toppers

Learn how tree-climbing competitions work.


Headout
Tree climbing is an activity most often associated with children and barefoot hippies—two groups that wouldn’t stand a chance at this weekend’s Portland Regional Tree Climbing Competition.    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Video: “Always Awkward,” Onuinu

Always Awkward

It’s been almost a year since Onuinu, aka Portland’s Dorian Duvall, unleashed the summer-stricken Mirror Gazer on Bladen County Records. The excellent debut album was an electro-pop onsl...   More
 
Monday, June 10, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: “Wear Me Out,” Summer Cannibals

No Makeup

I used to have a girlfriend who would swoon over every adorable canine in a vest she would see at the local farmers market. I once mentioned I didn't find it cute, that I actually found it borderline sad. She told me the dogs would freeze to death without it. I told her it was 70 degrees out. We no longer date.Lemon, the smug mutt in the jet-black leather vest gracing the cover of    More
 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Jon Mooallem, Wild Ones

Even more dead polar bears.


Books
The conservation of American wildlife is not a happy story. Well, not one Jon Mooallem would read his 2-year-old daughter before bedtime. His debut book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdl   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Extended Q&A: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

The singer of the Portland psych-folk favorites on old band names, the old music scene and rocking Canadian Country Music Television.

blitzen

In this week's Mic Check, we spoke to Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley about his band's 10th anniversary. Here's the extended version of that conversation. Willamette Week: You guys are coming up on your 10-year a...   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Crash Course

A guided tour through Portland’s music-video history.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When filmmaker and Portland State professor Dustin Morrow founded the Portland Music Video Festival last year, he limited the event to videos produced in Portland. This year, he solicited submis   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Mic Check: Blitzen Trapper


Music Stories
Portland’s music scene has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Venues once at the center of the local music circuit, like the Meow Meow and the Blackbird, have faded into memory, taking innumera   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Tame Impala at Crystal Ballroom, 5/26

Tame Impala

What does osmosis, the Eye of Sauron, a heartbeat monitor and the default iTunes equalizer have in common? Not much, really, aside from resembling the shape-shifting backdrop and hallucinatory visuals looming overhead as Tame Impala blazed through a sold-out show at the Crystal Ba...   More
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Top Five Compliments for Mumford & Sons


Top 5
Goudy Old Style looks pretty slick as an album font.Outdated? Psssh. Typography from 1915 is totally in right now. “Little Lion Man” proves radio edits don’t discourage inappropriate off-air la   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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