Best New Portland Music
[POP ROCK] There’s an intriguing dichotomy at work with
the Domestics, one that enhances each musical story of heartbreak and
longing told by principal members Michael Finn and Leo London. On
Benjamin Wuamett sings with the nasally scratch one might associate with a rusty Victrola. It’s a fitting accoutrement for Ezra Bell, a band that seems to go instrument shopping at rummage sales. Bu
It hasn’t been the easiest year for Laura Gibson. The Portland musician moved to the Big Apple last fall to pursue a master’s in creative writing. Almost instantly, she broke her foot. A few months later, her apartment complex burned to the ground—something Gibson refers to as “a bit of a setback.”...
[THE FOLK INTERNAL] The Weather Station is the
elegant and enigmatic work of Tamara Lindeman, a singer-songwriter out
of Toronto. Her fluttering lyrics and sensitive folk sounds are
[INTERNET ROCK] Like a proud father, Portland has watched
the Helio Sequence grow over the years, from Beaverton startups playing
the 24-hour Starbucks to Sub Pop darlings. Throughout, the duo o
Spirituality is as subjective as music taste. It can be
accessed and expressed in countless ways. For songwriter Johanna Warren,
orchestrator of brainy, atmospheric folk, it’s about submitting
Best New Band
POINTS: 49FORMED: 2010SOUNDS LIKE: Martians hosting a psych-rock festival inside a funhouse.Most people who’ve been to Eugene know Sam Bond’s Garage.
The small, rustic bar’s rickety old stage
Most video-store clerks aren’t writing music in the shop after hours and falling asleep in their guitar case. But Aly Spaltro isn’t most people. She was introduced to the Beatles at age 5 and had more songs to her name as a teenager than most musicians pen in a lifetime. Most of it came by the cover of night, after flipping the closed sign at Bart and Dave’s Video Explosion in Brunswick, M...
Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of Helio Sequence have been at it for almost 20 years now, turning out textured electro-rock that sounds much more like the work of a quartet than a duo. On April 13, the Hellio Sequence again proved their ability to multitask, Weikel punishing his drum kit in perfect time and running samples while Summers juggled the guitar, harmonica and crisp vocals. The ...
Scenes from the fourth installment of Boise's biggest week.
For a fourth year festival, Treefort is pretty mature. Over a five-day stretch, some 400 bands play about a dozen venues throughout downtown Boise, from impromptu outdoor stages to small clubs and arcades. The lineup is strong, the organization is admirable and, perhaps most importantly, the city loves to play host. The result is a fishbowl scenario wherein bands and fans are constantly runnin...