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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Live Edition

The most awesome concerts we saw this year.

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Lady Gaga @ Rose Garden, Jan. 15 The mechanical horse! The three-story castle! The raw-meat sofa! However bloodless and derivative her music, La Gaga’s flair for curated scandal does lend its   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Mariachi Songs That’d Make Great Metal Songs

By El Cucuy of Metalachi

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“El Cascabel” (“The Bell”) It’s actually been done before, and we have actually started a Metalachi arrangement of it, pero is not ready. It would sound good because it is in a minor key an   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Flashback: Norfolk & Western

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Portland indie-folk institution Norfolk & Western is playing its first show in four years this week. Here, frontman Adam Selzer recalls the band’s 2002 European tour with Sparklehorse.&nbs   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Flashback: Quasi

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Quasi playing a record-release show for its album, Featuring “Birds”, at Jackpot Records on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, in 1998.  “This was the start of the busiest period for Quasi   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Bands That Don’t Exist

by Eric Andre

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Polyamorous Brazilian AtheistSounds like: A vacuum cleaner and a carnival procession with a woman speaking barely audible gibberish in the background. Alien vs. Predator vs. Brown vs. the Board of    More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Win Tickets To See Dustin Wong Tomorrow Night at Mississippi Studios!


In Baltimore art-rock act Ponytail, guitarist Dustin Wong contributes to a lot of joyful noise. By himself, Wong makes music of a more reserved—though no less radiant—nature. He's been called the one-man Battles, and that's not far off. On his solo albums, loops and layers of spindly, needling guitar interlock a...   More
Friday, October 18, 2013 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Har Mar Superstar’s Top Five Sex Tips

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Always offer me sex.I’m pretty sure most people would love to have sex with me, but I’m not a mind reader. Also, it’s the polite thing to do. Always get consent.Nobody likes surprises. The love   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Out of Print

So much music, so little page space. Here are a few shows we missed in this week's print edition.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 20Run-On Sentence, Pancake Breakfast [FOLK] Bid adieu to the deceptively childlike sing-along folk machine Pancake Breakfast. Leader Mike Midlo recently moved to Eastern Oregon and is giving the project its "beauty sleep," which is a typically quir...   More
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by WW MUSIC STAFF

Flashback: Dirtnap Records

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As widely respected Portland-via-Seattle punk label Dirtnap Records prepares to celebrate its 14th year, we asked founder Ken Cheppaikode to reminisce about its first release, a 7-inch record fr   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW: The Final Roundup

The last words (and photos) on this year's MFNW.


MusicfestNW is done, as you've no doubt noticed. And we swear we're going to stop talking about it for the next year. (Trust me, even those of us in the office don't want to hear the letters "MFNW" spoken in sequential order for at least the next eight months.) Before we go, though, here's one last roundup of highlights from our intrepid—and no doubt still recovering—staff of writers and...   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by WW MUSIC STAFF
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