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Behind The Sticks

Perhapst’s John Moen drums through memories of a star-crossed career.

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It's tempting to regard John Moen as purely an emblem of Northwest indie rock’s transcendence. The neighborly, well-rhythmed gent co-founded eternally name-checked alt-rock heroes the Dharma Bum ...   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 JAY HORTON

Wombstretcha "Poach Yo Eggs," RFG (1HRx Records)

Much as white folks have earned their place upon the hip-hop stage the past decade, there's still a stigma attached to, shall we say, collegiate practitioners—the idiom craves aggression and too many MCs come across fakey or feckless. Though their act began upon a school radio show, the lyrica...   More
Thursday, June 5, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Morgan Grace "Valentine," Valentine (Lady Lush Records)

The title track of her new album (and, any sane world, the summer's single of choice for self-medicating romantics), "Valentine" very much reflects the new Morgan Grace—solo; self-produced; bereft of rawk stagings—but there's no preciousness or experimentation. It's just a perfec...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Q&A: Morgan Grace

Newly solo Portland artist Morgan Grace releases her third album, Valentine, this Sunday—intimate and darkly-beautiful indie ballads that indulge formerly restrained songwriting talents. WW sat down with the local chanteuse to discuss American Idol (Underground), recovering rockerdom a...   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Prize Country "Time In Reno", Lottery of Recognition (Exigent Records)

As the boys from Prize Country ready their second full length—and prepare to bum-rush another odd sampling of states, ending with Fest in Gainesville, Florida—let's take a listen back to their debut. "Time In Reno," the biggest little single that never was, restrains the band's ...   More
Friday, May 23, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Sasquatch By the (actual, for reals) Numbers (from folks of different needs, capacity, and intent)

Yesterday's OPB blog post discovered, shockingly, that the northwest's premier indie festival wasn't meant for the poor. Sasquatch—our response to Coachella; response being wind and distance—char...   More
Friday, May 23, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Fernando, "The Devil's in the Sky", Enter To Exit (In Music We Trust Records)

As we breathlessly await the arrival of True Instigator (Fernando Viciconte's upcoming Americana release with '90s band members Joe Chiusano and Daniel Eccles), let's travel back to 2006's Enter To Exit. A critically-lauded collection of Beatlesy pop and countrified melancholy, today's selection...   More
Friday, May 16, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Q&A: Fernando Viciconte

Been a while since we'd heard from Fernando Viciconte. Portland's premier roots rock singer/songwriter of the past decade disassembled his band shortly after the critically lauded release of 2006's Enter To Exit—he was named one of Magnet's Ten Artists To Watch that year—after contin...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2008 by JAY HORTON

DRY COUNTY CROOKS, Saturday May 17

[ROCKABILLY PUNK] “You gotta keep busy,” explains Paul Becker, guitarist for the Dry County Crooks. “You can’t play Portland every week, that’s for fucking sure—so you hit all these towns, half of them I’ve never even heard of before we play.” “McMinnville, of c...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by JAY HORTON


They’ve been everywhere, man.

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[ROCKABILLY PUNK] “You gotta keep busy,” explains Paul Becker, guitarist for the Dry County Crooks. “You can’t play Portland every week, that’s for fucking sure—so ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 JAY HORTON

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