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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

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


Music Stories
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

Cut of the Day: "Make You Better," Summer Cannibals

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'Twas a good year for Summer Cannibals. Not only did the grungy Portland garage rockers issue its own well-received debut album, it released another of 2013's most lauded records,    More
 
Friday, December 20, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Hold On We're Going Home," Wild Ones (Drake Cover)

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You can't escape Drake, no matter how hard you try! Around the time of the rap superstar's appearance at the Moda Center in early December, we ended up writing probably a tad too much about the dude. So we'll preface this by promising this is the last you'll see his name mentioned here...   More
 
Thursday, December 19, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Dec. 9-15

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Every week, we list the top selling albums from local record stores Music Millennium, Jackpot Records, Everyday Music and Beacon Sound, and the top streamed tracks in Portland on ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside Are Breaking Up

Final two shows are this weekend at Doug Fir Lounge.

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Well, shoot. Three years after being voted Portland's Best New Band, the rough-and-tumble jazz-folk-punk grab-bag known as Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside is breaking up. Aside from its somewhat surprising BNB victory, the band's career highlights included two albums (the most recent, Untamed Beast</...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Earthbound," the Singley/Fimbres Orkestra

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Back in August, two of Portland's most indefatigable musical minds—quirky popster-turned-classical composer Alan Singley and madman drummer Papi Fimbres—performed a nine...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Kickstart My Heart: XRAY.FM

The little Portland-centric radio station that quite possibly could is almost a reality—it just needs a $40,000 assist.

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It seems like Portland has been hearing about XRAY.FM forever. So imagine how Jeff Hylton Simmons feels: He's been working to get the free-form, community-centered radio station off the ground for the last seven years.    More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Download a Slew of Free Portland Music

Blog offers albums new and old from Stumptown bands past and present.

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'Tis the season for giving…yourself free local music! Aptly-named local blog Wants To Give You has asked bands new, old and defunct to contribute albums and songs (also both new and old) for free downloads during the holidays.  Material uploaded so far includes albums from bands whose names will ring familiar to old-school scenesters...   More
 
Friday, December 13, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Satellites," EMA

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It's been two years since Erika M. Anderson swept in from whatever tornado of fuzz and grime carried her up to Portland from Los Angeles and deposited her on the doorstep of the indie-rock world at large. In 2011, EMA released her first solo record, Past Life Martyred Saints, and for a minute there, her bristling, serrated doom-folk w...   More
 
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video Roundup: Red Fang! Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks! Wampire! Nick Jaina!

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Put these videos in your eyes and…uh…see 'em! Red Fang, "Blood Like Cream"Good to know that no matter how big stoner-metal kings get Red Fang, they remain Portland as fuck. The video for the catchiest (head)banger off third album Whales & Leeches is another Whitey McC...   More
 
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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