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Show Preview: Cibo Matto, Salt Cathedral


Music Stories
[LES GIRLS] During the 15 years since Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda vanished into the intercontinental ether, their duo act, Cibo Matto, wasn’t quite forgotten. If their initial pair of albums haven�   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

Folk(lore) Buddies: Early Efforts From The Men Who Would Make Grimm

The first five films of Grimm's David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf

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To help loyal Grimm viewers wait out the interminable mid-season delay caused by some network spectacle dubbed the Winter Olympics, fantasy correspondent Jay Horton dug back through the first tales told by Grimm show-runners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf when they were screenwriters struggling through the cursed kingdom of 1980s Hollywood.
Twenty years before ...   More
 
Friday, February 21, 2014 by JAY HORTON

The Calendar Sung Itself: New Comedown Songs for Valentine's Day Letdowns

Miracle Falls' Paul Dillon commissioned songs on l'amour for the holiday.

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Following up on his curated group of original New Year's Day songs, Sparklehorse/Longwave/Mercury Rev mainstay Paul Dillon is sharing a new group of original Valentine's Day songs  from Hopewell's Jason Russo, Swervedriver's Adam Franklin, Matt Drenik from Battleme, Sunse...   More
 
Saturday, February 15, 2014 by JAY HORTON

Flash Ah-AHHH!

Gordon’s alive?!


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A rollicking schlock-operetta, StageWorks Ink’s Flash Ah-AHHH! pays faithful tribute to 1980 camp classic Flash Gordon—and takes it a step further by shoehorning a dozen Queen classics into the    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 JAY HORTON

Stream a Playlist of New Year's Comedown Songs

Hangover busters (and exacerbators) from members of Portland's Souvenir Driver, Miracle Falls and Daydream Machine, as well as Mercury Rev and more.

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Creative momentum withering midst seasonal torpor and restless band hiatus—star-packed local combo Miracle Falls is itching to enter the studio for "slightly less guitar-centric" sophomore album—Sparklehorse/Longwave vet and recent Portland emigre Paul Dillon found fresh inspiration from the changing calendar. "It's not that I'm a grea...   More
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by JAY HORTON

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


Music Stories
Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: MusicfestNW Presents: Icona Pop, K. Flay, Sirah


Music Stories
[POP TRIUMPHALISM] Banging into the global consciousness in 2012 with summer jam nonpareil “I Love It,” 20-something Swedes Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have finally released a debut album pro   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 JAY HORTON

Show Preview: Lorde


Music Stories
[PROTO-GOTH] The latest enfant terrible climbing the charts and roiling the blogs, Lorde recorded her debut album, Pure Heroine, at the tender age of 16 and became the youngest artist to top the B   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

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Album Reviews
[DAMAGED ROOTS] For nearly two decades, Casey Neill has been filtering post-hardcore energies through an Americana muse for tales of wry lamentation, and the barroom mythologizing wed to painstaking craft has never sounded so perfectly realized.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JAY HORTON

The Grimmoire: Season 3, Episode 1: “The Waltzing Dead”

A Portland bestiary of Grimm

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Following each new episode of Grimm's third season, contributing fantasy journalist Jay Horton will annotate the notable flora, fauna, places of interest, and objets d'occult.
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Oh, Vienna: Imperial tyrant, eternal nemesis of Portland and all of the liberty and equality and rumpled-casual wardrobes promised to manimals who yearn to breathe free. As the third...   More
 
Friday, November 1, 2013 by JAY HORTON
 

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