Thank You For Being a Droog

He wanted anonymity, but Your Old Droog was too good to stay secret.

Music Stories In Russian, “droog” translates to friend, and for rap fans, that’s precisely what Your... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Introducing: Bombay Beach

Music Stories Who: Ryan Lynch (guitars), Matthew Zimmerman (vocals), Jeremiah Hayden (drums). Sounds... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Theophilus London, Father

Music Stories [BROOKLYN SOUL] If the Drive soundtrack featured occasional dance breaks, R&B... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Album Review: Cool Nutz

#BRUH (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have always had a penchant for crowning... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by TJ LOVE

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind (New Moss)

Album Reviews [POLISHED DISTORTION] Anyone who’s ever walked through the streets... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY
 
 

Thank You For Being a Droog

He wanted anonymity, but Your Old Droog was too good to stay secret.

Music Stories In Russian, “droog” translates to friend, and for rap fans, that’s precisely what Your Old Droog sounds like: an old friend. His comforting mix of soulful samples, bass-driven beat loops a ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Introducing: Bombay Beach

Music Stories Who: Ryan Lynch (guitars), Matthew Zimmerman (vocals), Jeremiah Hayden (drums). Sounds like: Thurston Moore and Iggy Pop tripping around Joshua Tree, in a sci-fi mockumentary directed by Steve Albini ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Theophilus London, Father

Music Stories [BROOKLYN SOUL] If the Drive soundtrack featured occasional dance breaks, R&B vocals and rap lyrics, it would have sounded something like a Theophilus London album. Kanye West’s Brooklyn-based ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind (New Moss)

Album Reviews [POLISHED DISTORTION] Anyone who’s ever walked through the streets with music blaring through headphones has experienced how whatever you’re listening to affects the way you move. If you’r ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Cool Nutz

#BRUH (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have always had a penchant for crowning themselves the “king” or “queen” of whatever town they happen to lord over, but few actually have the track r ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by TJ LOVE

Almost Infamous

Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band.

Music Stories Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial? Not singer-guitarist Dustin Hill, apparently. When he bestowed the Google-unfriendly name on his stoner-rock project t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.

Music Stories When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t without controversy. Led by brothers Matt and Patrick Flegel, the band had carved out a niche as one of the most innovative ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Ultra Van Krome

Music Stories Who: Stevie Ray Mays (bass, guitar, vocals), Ramsey Embick (keyboards), Brian Harrison (guitar), Johnny Linn Russell (drums). Sounds like: Morris Day and the Time, having tired of battling Prince ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)

Album Reviews [EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Top Five Shows In the First Week of The Portland Jazz Festival

Top 5 Taylor Eigsti Trio and Joel Harrison’s Free Country Ensemble Vocalist Becca Stevens brushes her words over audiences with goose-bump-inducing ease, and she’ll do it here with two wholly diffe ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Return the Gift

How Portland is keeping jazz alive and raising its next generation.

Music Stories You can hear the tiny stampede well before it reaches the door. It’s Monday afternoon, around 2 pm, when 20 or so Northeast Portland fifth-graders come barreling into the band room at King S ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Introducing: Big Mo

Music Stories Who: Rapper Mohammed Alkhadher.Sounds like: An upper-echelon lyricist in the mold of Ras Kass and Nas, with superior beat selection and a socially conscious perspective that’s easy to digest.For ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by T.J. LOVE

Ariel Pink’s Top Five Trolliest Quotes

Top 5 1. “Everybody’s a victim, except for small, white, nice guys who just want to make their moms proud and touch some boobies.” 2. “I love gays, by the way. And I love pedophiles, too. And I ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Grand Lake Islands

Song From Far (Good Mountain)

Album Reviews [RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting experimen ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)

Album Reviews [FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)

Album Reviews [SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Top Five Ways to Celebrate Russian New Year

by Chervona

Top 5 Wish everyone you see a happy new year, and return your neighbor’s garden shears.There is a belief that if your pocket is empty on New Year’s Eve, for the whole year you will be broke. Another ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Parties To Turn Up Your New Year’s Eve

Top 5 Club Chemtrail, ASSS, Magic Fades Though not the only party this year that strongly frowns on bright colors, experiencing Club Chemtrail’s monochrome poly-club tracks in an actual warehouse is l ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE
 

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