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...
Chan Marshall talks New York and Langston Hughes—or tries to, anyway.
It seems it’s always been a two-way street with Chan Marshall. The smoky-voiced multi-instrumentalist behind Cat Power has nine studio records to her name, from cover albums that beautifully re-imagine songs we once thought untouchable to painstakingly honest original material that tends towards her bluesy Georgia roots.Marshall is also prone ...
[GLOW WAVE] At first, you would’ve been hard-pressed to
make any connections between Portland sextet Adventure Galley and Arcade
Fire. But when Win Butler and company reinvented themselves earli
Spacious psychedelic prog rock born in Alaska, made in Portland.
First impressions are huge, especially in
music. It’s no wonder, then, that Animal Eyes bears a certain
resemblance to another beloved Portland band, discovered during its
[AUGHT ROCK] Just Lions’ new EP, Paper Cage,
conjures a sense of alt-rock playfulness harking back to the early
2000s. In Cake-like fashion, frontman Chandler Strutz speaks more than
[EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium,
Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from
the tail end of the New Wave era, whose
[COWBOY BOOTGAZE] A great cover album not only pays homage
to a beloved musician but reimagines the music itself. And while
there’s little new about covering My Bloody Valentine, Portland’s Ke