Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.
When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by
Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing
his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi
Bands under overpasses, bands in coffee shops, bands in 113-year-old bars and other highlights from the Boise music festival.
There’s something interesting happening in Boise, Idaho: It’s the Friday morning of a busy festival weekend, and the locals are still in town. The Treefort Music Festival, celebrating its third anniversary this year, is the pride of a changing town. Stylistically, it's loosely related to SXSW, fit with music, tech, film and literature...
[PROTO DANCE] In 1971, Bernhard Mikulski started ZYX
Records, feeding an insatiable Western appetite for dance music. The
German label clasped dance to rock using newfound electronic
[MORTAL FOLK] In addition to his
tremendous songwriting prowess, Mark Kozelek’s interest in fascinating
subject matter has earned him a huge cult following. Since forming Sun Kil Moon
Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.
Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway
between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s
colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and
[VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco,
you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process,
Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his P
Who: Adam Steinfink (guitar, vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Adam Smith (bass, vocals), Devon Shirley (drums).
Sounds Like: Pedro the Lion on a moderate dose of uppers.
For fans of: R.E.M., Stephen M
WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.
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
Texas folk rockers find there is life after losing your lead singer.
Eric Pulido hardly hesitates when asked the obvious question.
“No, we never thought about quitting,” says Midlake’s founding guitarist and new frontman. “We had a record to finish.”
I’m not entirely sure what happened, but I’m convinced I can’t fully capture it. Friday evening at the Hawthorne Theater saw one of indie music’s most beloved figures play a an unforgettable two-and-a-half-hour solo set. Most of the attention of late surrounding Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has been on newest record, Sun. Perhaps her most upbeat and triumphant alb...