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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.

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.


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

Live Review: Turn On Your Lovelight at Portland Art Museum, 5/17


Attempting to recreate a lost Grateful Dead show from 1967 based on memories from people who were there is no easy feat. Honestly, most of us probably can’t vividly recall Further at the Edgefield in September, let alone a show that happened 50 years ago in what used to be a Masonic ...   More
Monday, May 20, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Kickstart My Heart: ILLocation

Electric iLL wants you to help them funkify, beautify and safetify a Northeast Portland neighborhood.

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Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Kevin Robinson is fed up. And not just with rising ticket costs and the overall state of the music industry, but society as a whole. As half of indie-rock duo    More
Friday, May 17, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER
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