Simply the Best

Scharpling and Wurster are every music nerd’s favorite comedy duo. Want in on the jokes? Here’s a primer.

Music Stories If you’ve never heard of The Best Show, the beloved New Jersey-based Internet radio program,... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Show Preview: Vic Mensa, Towkio

Music Stories [SON OF YEEZUS] Vic Mensa became a man in 2015. He performed with Kanye West on Saturday... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Q&A: Daniel Barosa, Director of GRU-PDX

A Brazilian filmmaker on his love letter to Portland music.

Music Stories In 2013, Quarto Negro, a two-man atmospheric pop group from Brazil, flew to Portland... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Lonesome Billies

It’s Good To Be Lonesome (Cloud City Studios)

Album Reviews [OUTLAW COUNTRY] Stray from Interstate 5 a ways and Oregon gets a little bit... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Fernando

Leave the Radio On (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews [SINGER-SONGROCKER] Wikipedia says the name Fernando means “courageous,... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG
 
 

Simply the Best

Scharpling and Wurster are every music nerd’s favorite comedy duo. Want in on the jokes? Here’s a primer.

Music Stories If you’ve never heard of The Best Show, the beloved New Jersey-based Internet radio program, the first thing you must know is that its phone lines are a sacred space, and host Tom Scharpling guards ... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by CORBIN SMITH

Show Preview: Vic Mensa, Towkio

Music Stories [SON OF YEEZUS] Vic Mensa became a man in 2015. He performed with Kanye West on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special, and inked a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. For a 22-year-old rapper f ... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Q&A: Daniel Barosa, Director of GRU-PDX

A Brazilian filmmaker on his love letter to Portland music.

Music Stories In 2013, Quarto Negro, a two-man atmospheric pop group from Brazil, flew to Portland to record an album with the help of another duo, the Helio Sequence, and brought filmmaker Daniel Barosa with them. ... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Lonesome Billies

It’s Good To Be Lonesome (Cloud City Studios)

Album Reviews [OUTLAW COUNTRY] Stray from Interstate 5 a ways and Oregon gets a little bit country. “A little bit country” also describes the Lonesome Billies, four childhood friends turned western roadhouse ba ... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Fernando

Leave the Radio On (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews [SINGER-SONGROCKER] Wikipedia says the name Fernando means “courageous, adventurer, conqueror, and leader,” and as longtime watchers of Portland’s Americana scene know, in the case of Fernando V ... More

Aug 26, 2015 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

Welcome to Turdlania

A guide to Isaac Brock's Portland.

Music Stories Isaac Brock has what you might call a “conflicted relationship” with Portland. In an interview with Polish television in June, Modest Mouse’s head rodent described his adopted hometown as “a c ... More

Aug 19, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The 21 Best Songs About Portland

Music Stories In honor of MusicfestNW, which starts Friday the 21st, we are counting down the top 21 best songs ever written about Portland. Every day until Wednesday we will reveal five more songs.  ... More

Aug 15, 2015 08:55 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Nick Waterhouse: Thursday, Aug. 20

Just don’t call him retro.

Music Stories Judging by his music, it’s easy to imagine Nick Waterhouse spending his free time holed up in some vintage-decorated apartment—cigarette in one hand, Agatha Christie in the other—with an old sou ... More

Aug 19, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Clasp Your Hands Say Death

Prayers’ Rafael Reyes talks gangs, cholo goth and finding God in nature.

Music Stories When Rafael Reyes goes on tour with his band, his concerns run a bit deeper than lodging, food and acoustics. “I’m from Southern California, so sometimes when I play other cities, like San Franc ... More

Aug 19, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top 5 Miguel Lyrics You Shouldn’t Quote In Your Tinder Profile

Top 5 “Pillage and plunder, call me ya plumber/ Knock on this wood, get rocked by this thunder.” “Quickie” is a highlight from Miguel’s overlooked 2010 record, All I Want Is You, but there’s no ... More

Aug 19, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Top Five N.W.A. Affiliates

Top 5 1. Arabian Prince If Ren was Ringo, Arabian Prince was N.W.A.’s Pete Best. An original member of the Felonious Five, he got squeezed out prior to Straight Outta Compton blowing up. But his electro- ... More

Aug 12, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ural Thomas & the Pain

“I’ll Do it For You”/“Pain is the Name of Your Game” (Pres Records)

Album Reviews [REDISCOVERED SOUL] It has been a decade since Sharon Jones’ influential sophomore record dropped on New York’s Daptone Records, kick-starting a soul revival that led labels, writers and would-be ... More

Aug 12, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

The Top Five Greatest Portland Do-Overs Of All-Time

Top 5 The roving hip-hop day party the Do-Over is celebrating its 10th anniversary with events in 10 of its host cities, including Portland. We asked co-founders Jamie Strong and Christopher Haycock about t ... More

Aug 5, 2015 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Best New Music: The Domestics

The Domestics (Tender Loving Empire)

Best New Portland Music [POP ROCK] There’s an intriguing dichotomy at work with the Domestics, one that enhances each musical story of heartbreak and longing told by principal members Michael Finn and Leo London. On ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Top Five Quotes From Shellac’s Steve Albini

Top 5 1. “If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up.” 2. “You can’t imbue awesomeness into something that actually sucks. And in its way, something that sucks full-bore su ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Five Lessons Playing With Bootsy Collins Has Taught Me

Top 5 1. Everything is on the one. 2. It’s all about the groove. Never sacrifice the groove for anything else. 3. Funk is making something out of nothing. That’s how funk got started—from Larry ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by FARNELL NEWTON

Top Five Local Music Podcasts

Top 5 1. Party Boyz (soundcloud.com/party-boyz-pdx) Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder—Portland’s Abbi and Ilana—shoot the shit with various local bands over brunch, often with hilariously digre ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2015

10 Portland artists local music experts think you must hear.

Cover Story In Portland, if you build a music venue, the bands will come. And if you pave it over and put up condos? Well, the bands will find a warehouse, basement or Ethiopian restaurant to play in. No matt ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Ancient Heat (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [DISCO? DISCO!] People who actually lived through disco tend to acquire a sort of selective amnesia about it. Maybe it’s the drugs or the anonymous sex or the glitter that scrambled their memories, ... More

Aug 12, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Wild Ones

Heatwave (Topshelf)

Album Reviews [COOL DOWN] Heat waves suck, especially when you’re one of the many Portlanders without air conditioning. But there’s also something nostalgic, even romantic, that happens when the temperatures cl ... More

Aug 12, 2015 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Still Caves

Gnarly For Days (Broken Press)

Album Reviews [GARAGE PSYCH] It’s been almost three years since Still Caves released its promising debut EP, Static Lips, and while the group’s first full-length is just as raw and raucous as its predecessor, t ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM
 

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