[PUNK ’N’ ROLL] When Portland garage-rock trio the Woolen
Men signed with New York label Woodsist late last year, you could almost
hear the city gasp. Would our beloved, punk-tinged lo-fi grou
Winston Yellen was probably right when he said any one of the three performers from last Sunday night at the Doug Fir could have played headliner. The choir-voiced frontman for Night Beds seemed honored to play, remarking that a previous show in Kansas attracted a total of seven people. Surprising, given the Nashville band’s recent compar...
A weed-scented, hip-hop crime drama, with an ’80s sound and a ’90s soul.
A suburban upbringing leaves
lasting and vivid impressions that rival those produced by even the
dankest of joints. Matthew Gonzales can testify. The Portland producer,
known as both Lawz Spoken
Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, has experienced a Shakespearian amount of tragedy in his 49 years. But the Eels frontman only dwells for so long. His newest effort, Wonderful, Glorious, shows a stronger, wiser, thicker-skinned E, fastened to an infectious brand of optimism both lyrically and musically. The trilogy Ee...
Born: In 1975 in Detroit.
Sounds like: The musical equivalent of childhood wonder.
For fans of: Highly conceptualized folk, choirlike
vocal richness, unobtrusive biblical references, found s
Indie rock inspired by late nights, early mornings and the cold, gray Northwest (and a little Phil Spector, too).
[BLEARY-EYED ROCK] It’s 5 am on election night, and Ryan
Barber is just getting home from his job as sound guy at Kelly’s
Olympian. The presidential race was called hours ago, and the Pony
When Austin City Limits Music Festival began in 2002, it lasted two days and attracted close to 40,000 fans. Wilco, Shawn Colvin and hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. occupied a bill of 70-some acts. Clark, responsible for this year’s most memorable set, was just a high-schooler, eager to play on a big stage in a festival with an unpredict...
[BEDROOM FOLK] There’s a sense of quiet Western solitude in Cait Olds’ work. The Portland-via-California songwriter recorded full-length debut Prison City
at Materials to Outlet, Jake Kelly’s
[PARENTAL PUNK] Collaboration cures what
ails you. Corin Tucker took this for granted in the immediate wake of
Sleater-Kinney’s breakup, evidenced by the Portlander’s introverted
Yeasayer at the Crystal Ballroom, August 31, 2012
In all honesty, the fans were wrong: Daughn Gibson doesn’t sound like Crash Test Dummies. He also doesn’t sound quite like the National. Instead, the former drug-rock artist is a sophisticated collage artist, one who prefers unlikely merges—namely, R&B with twang.