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Festival Review: The MusicfestNW Superlatives

All the best stuff we heard and saw through the haze at Portland's last music festival of the summer.

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Well, Portland still loves Modest Mouse, it seems.  In the waning hours of MusicfestNW—which, consequently, represented the final hours of this long, hot music festival season in general—a few thousand "human turds" collected near the Morrison Bridge for Isaac Brock and company's first local show since Brock    More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Festival Review: The Pickathon Superlatives

The best jazz workouts, face-melting guitar solos, soulful star turns and uber-obscure basketball jerseys we saw through the dust at Portland's best li'l music festival.

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In many ways, Pickathon doesn’t deserve the slander of being called a “music festival.” Its ambitions are too humble, the setting too serene, the aftermath too non-apocalyptic. Even after 17 years, national press attention and gushing appraisals from multiple artists, it’s resisted the temptation to expand beyond sustainability nor give in to corporate sponsorship. The worst thing you ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

The Top Five Greatest Portland Do-Overs Of All-Time


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The roving hip-hop day party the Do-Over is celebrating its 10th anniversary with events in 10 of its host cities, including Portland. We asked co-founders Jamie Strong and Christopher Haycock about t   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Festival Review: The PDX Pop Now Superlatives

The best dance parties, random covers, giant heads, inappropriate mosh pits and more from this year's installment of the local music celebration.

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There are plenty of reasons to be cynical about Nu-Portland, but as long as PDX Pop Now exists, we'll always have a one-up on other cities. Where else is the music scene strong enough to sustain an annual, volunteer-run, all-ages festival, featuring all local bands, for over a decade? Attendance might have dipped in recent years, but as always, the 2015 edition—held July 24-26 under the Hawthorn...   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Festival Review: The Project Pabst Superlatives

Unicorns, twin drummers, Kelsey Grammer, M.I.A. rappers and everything else we heard, saw and possibly hallucinated at the hottest festival of the summer yet.

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More like Project Pass Out From Heat Stroke, right? For both days of the second annual Project Pabst, the weather—the brutal, unrelenting, nigh-on inescapable, nearly 100-degree weather, to be specific—was the No. 1 trending topic both onstage and off, from the mostly shade-deprived Zidell Yards to the punishingly muggy Crystal Ballroom. Yes, there are few things as insufferable as Portlande...   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Festival Review: The Blues Fest Superlatives

The riffs! The chair people! The dad bods!

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It was literally the best of times and the worst of times. The Watefront Blues Festival brought huge acts to Portland—Buddy Guy! Allen Toussaint! Macy Gray!—and raised upwards of $850,000 for hungry Oregonians. Each year the ambitious festival is a real feat of community and ingenuity, and this year was a shining example of what smart people with big ideas can put together. Oh, but it wa...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Things To Do When Death Grips Doesn’t Show Up For Its Concert At The Roseland

Stay positive. But if they don't show up, here are some ideas.


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1. Go to Ground Kontrol. Let out the rage you were going to unleash in the pit by totally dominating the BurgerTime machine. 2. Stop in at Mary’s. “I’ve Seen Footage” is kind of an apoc   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Cuts of the Week

Must-hear new songs from Wild Ones, Alia Zin, Joel Magid, Tony Ozier and Gaytheist x Rabbits.

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Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Wild Ones, “Dim the Lights” Last week, synth-pop darlings Wild Ones announced its new EP with a slick teaser video that s...   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Cuts of the Week

Must-hear new songs from the Fourth Wall, Charts, Havania Whaal, Daniel Rafn and Paul Alcott featuring Brent Knopf.

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Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. The Fourth Wall, “Cosmos in the Water” The Fourth Wall is a young, atmospheric rock group that has been scratching at the cellar door of the Portland music scene for the last year or so. Co...   More
 
Friday, May 29, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Cuts of the Week

Must-hear new songs from Tope, Jackson Boone, Theme Witch, Rare Diagram and Casey Neill. Plus: New And And And video!

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Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Tope, “Miss Me When I’m Gone” The man is nothing if not accurate. Portland rapper Tope is indeed gone, and this track appears to be a self-made memorial. Last time we chatted with Tope, his plan was...   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2015 by WW MUSIC STAFF
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