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Album Review: Alela Diane

About Farewell (Rusted Blue)


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[FOLK] On the title track of her new album, About Farewell, local songstress Alela Diane sings, “Leaving is the hardest part, that’s what we always said/ Once upon the other side, it’s best    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

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Ten years of the Thermals


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Between the Exploding Hearts’ demise and Elliott Smith’s suicide, 2003 might have been a complete bummer for Portland music. Luckily, 2003 was also the year the Thermals released their debut   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Vice Device: Monday, April 8

Coming in from the coldwave.


Music Stories
[DARK SYNTHS] Even if you didn’t know the members of Vice Device play in a band together, you could probably guess just by looking at them. Seated in a booth at Liberty Glass in North Portland   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Like a Villain: Tuesday, March 12

Holland Andrews wants to teach the world to love.


Music Stories
[EXPERIMENTAL MUSICAL THEATER] Holland Andrews stands just beyond the fray of the final gathering site at last year’s Portland May Day protests, in a video for local music-media website Into the   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Chelsea Wolfe: Sunday, Jan. 13

Ain’t no sunshine in this songwriter’s doom-y folk.


Music Stories
[GOTHIC FOLK] It’s raining in Los Angeles, but Chelsea Wolfe doesn’t mind. “I kind of hate how it’s always sunny here,” says the lanky, darkly eyelined singer-songwriter, sitting in a co   More
 
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Genders

Genders EP (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[MULTIFACETED POP] When it placed fifth in WW’s Best New Band poll this year, Portland quartet Youth also earned another, more dubious distinction: It became the only act in the poll’s histo   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Primer: Cat Power


Music Stories
Born: In Atlanta in 1972.  Sounds like: The “sad girl” of teen films (see: Empire Records) if she expressed her angst less through black lipstick than by writing heartrendingly vulnerable mu   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Restaurant Guide 2012: Perfect Pairs

Matching beer and cocktails to your meal.


Restaurant Guide
Knowing how to pair wine with food is an essential skill for any gourmand. But as beer and cocktails—and even non-alcoholic drinks—attain a level of artisanship on par with vino, and gain    More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

TBA Diaries: Claire L. Evans, Restore From Backup

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Claire Evans is onstage at the Crystal Ballroom, clutching her signature all-white mic and contortedly dancing her way through a diametric dyad of songs off Shangri-La, the latest record from her and Jona Bechtolt's band YACHT.On “Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire),” Evans (half-joking that the song is about her and Bechtolt's adopted home, Los Angele...   More
 
Friday, September 14, 2012 by JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

TBA Diaries: Sam Green and Yo La Tengo, The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

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For his “live documentary” The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, filmmaker Sam Green—best known for his Academy Award-nominated documentary about some other, very different, utopians, The Weather Underground—has chosen a worthy, fascinating subject. Fuller—for those who aren't already among his cultish following—was a designer, philosopher and public intellectual now mo...   More
 
Thursday, September 13, 2012 by JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG
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