Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.

Music Stories Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself,... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Reasons Lil Wayne Is Softer Than Drake

Top 5 He’s a pretty good dad.For all the bashing his exes have given him in the media,... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked

Music Stories [FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.

Music Stories Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college.... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)

Album Reviews [SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL
 
 

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.

Music Stories Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.

Music Stories Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked

Music Stories [FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music, arriving at something that over time has been both internationall ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)

Album Reviews [SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere. In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)

Album Reviews [WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projec ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Top Five Reasons Lil Wayne Is Softer Than Drake

Top 5 He’s a pretty good dad.For all the bashing his exes have given him in the media, they all say he’s an attentive (if slightly absent) father. In another five years or so he can start filming ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Musée Mécanique

From Shores of Sleep (Tender Loving Empire)

Album Reviews [ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Gifts for the Queen

It’s Beyoncé’s birthday, so we shook the Portland Beyhive to ask: What do you get the R&B star who has it all?

Music Stories 1. “The only thing I can think of that Bey doesn’t have (to my knowledge) is a patent on her amazingly perfect thighs.” —Natasha Kmeto, singer-producer 2. “I would give her a cocker ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Music Preview: Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Have cornet, will travel.

Music Stories Some years ago, while jazz composer-cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum was at his day job at New York’s Creative Capital Foundation, he gazed up at a map of the United States and, remembering the 800-m ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by BRETT CAMPBELL

In The City

The story of Portland’s original all-ages gay nightclub.

Music Stories The first time Daniel Schaefer went to the City Nightclub—the only all-ages gay dance club in Portland and, at the time, the country—he and his friends spent half an hour dawdling out front, ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide

MFNW 2014 On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: The Both, Telekinesis

Music Stories [MOM-AND-DAD ROCK] The Both pairs two indie-rock stars whose best work is probably behind them. That said, it is an intriguing match, as likable as anything either has done before. Ted Leo’s ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Castanets

Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)

Album Reviews [FREAK FOLK] Like much of Raymond Raposa’s other work under the Castanets moniker, the swaggering variance on Decimation Blues reveals itself to be the strongest case for his existence in a realm ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Van Lear Rosebud

Ten years after Jack White and Loretta Lynn’s tryst in “Portland, Oregon,” WW attempts to solve its greatest mystery.

Music Stories Until 2004, a sloe gin fizz usually meant a nasty hangover and some collegiate fumbling. But following that year’s release of Van Lear Rose—the epochal collaboration between dispossessed Queen ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Album Review: Bike Thief

Stuck in a Dream (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [POP DEPENDENCE] Considering the album title is almost an Alice Cooper reference and the band’s name is cribbed from a postwar, neo-realist film, it’d be reasonable to expect a rich tapestry ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Halo Refuser

Into Your Layers (Self Released)

Album Reviews [A NEW VOICE] Plodding glitch-hop is not what you expect to hear right up front on Halo Refuser’s third full-length, Into Your Layers: The album’s title and pastoral cover suggest romantic bed ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE
 

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