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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

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


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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

Live Review: Mazzy Star at Crystal Ballroom, 11/3

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I heard a number of folks griping about how “poorly advertised” this Mazzy Star show was. Yet on a rainy Sunday night, the Crystal Ballroom was sold out, with a capacity crowd of 960 women and 40 guys huddling for warmth, and a chance to hear “Fade Into You” performed live. Mariee Sioux kicked things off, her voice and guitar accompanied by a drummer who used his mallets spars...   More
 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Mazzy Star, Mariee Sioux 


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[DREAMIEST POP] It’s been 17 years since Mazzy Star released its third album, Among My Swan. The world has changed, but the band’s laid-back, twangy dream folk has not. Never officially brok   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Goblin at Hawthorne Theater, 10/19

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For the second time this year, Portland has snoozed on advanced tickets to an unmissable performance. First, U.K. grindcore gods Bolt Thrower sold out the Star Theater. And then, this past Saturday, Goblin, the Italian prog-rock behemoth turned titans of '70s giallo movie soundtracks, packed the Hawthorne Theater to the gills, with nary...   More
 
Monday, October 21, 2013 by NATHAN CARSON

Top Five Goblin Soundtracks


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Profondo Rosso (1975) When director Dario Argento decided to scrap composer Giorgio Gaslini’s score—and after Pink Floyd declined the job—he turned to Italian prog monsters Goblin to help c   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Video: "Condition," Daniel Rafn

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If there’s any place in Oregon weirder than Salem, it’s Keizer. The suburb has spawned a number of nerd-identified rock bands over the years, the majority of which contain a Rafn brother. Kevin Rafn has been working with a little band called Wampire of late. And eldest brother David Rafn was a founding member of seminal Portland post-rock ban...   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by NATHAN CARSON

Iommi Bloody Iommi

Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man.


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When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011, promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Entrail Blazers

Exhuming Portland’s forgotten extreme metal pioneers.


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Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are di   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Deafheaven: Saturday, July 13

Is there such a thing as “pastel metal”? There is now.


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[PINKISH BLACK METAL] When singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy moved to San Francisco and formed Deafheaven in 2010, there was no master plan. That’s how it’s always been for these    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Bolt Thrower


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Formed: In the loo of a pub in Conventry, England, in 1986.  Sounds like: An armada of Space Marines overtaking a battle cruiser full of Chaos Warriors. For fans of: Carcass, Napalm Death, Godf   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NATHAN CARSON
 

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