Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.

Music Stories One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is lacking ambition. Since 2008, through... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Too Many Zooz: Saturday, Jan. 31, at Roseland Theater

Some real underground music.

Music Stories In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like Satyricon, Portland’s legendary... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Introducing: Karmelloz

Music Stories Who: Producer Matthew Pepitone. Sounds like: Ambient music stripped of all pretense ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)

Album Reviews [FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)

Album Reviews [SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL
 
 

Introducing: Karmelloz

Music Stories Who: Producer Matthew Pepitone. Sounds like: Ambient music stripped of all pretense and programmed for club versatility by an itinerant neurologist-cum-software developer living on a weed farm de ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.

Music Stories One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is lacking ambition. Since 2008, through his Sahelsounds blog and record label, the Portland “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” has collected a ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Too Many Zooz: Saturday, Jan. 31, at Roseland Theater

Some real underground music.

Music Stories In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like Satyricon, Portland’s legendary punk club. Take it from drummer David Parks, who’s played both. “There’s a certain randomnes ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)

Album Reviews [FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

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

Going Rogue

Willis Earl Beal drops off the music-industry grid.

Music Stories Willis Earl Beal has bitten the hand that once fed him. Over the last decade, the avant-garde bluesman transitioned from being an occasionally homeless Army vet, living with his grandmother in ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Robin Bacior: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Drowning yourself to live.

Music Stories In the freezing waters of an Oregon lake in May, Robin Bacior, clothed in a red sundress, tried to stay submerged. Bacior’s friend, photographer Corinne Krogh, bobbed in the water as well, a ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Skip vonKuske: Every Monday

Need a cure for the Monday blues? Try “cellotronik.”

Music Stories “A cellist walks into a bar” might sound more like a setup for a fish-out-of-water gag than a viable basis for a decade’s steady gig. But Skip vonKuske has long dedicated himself to bringi ... More

Jan 21, 2015 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

The Battle for the Willamette

Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists are releasing albums on the same day. Who ya got?

Music Stories Blur vs. Oasis. Jay Z vs. Nas. Mark Kozelek vs. everybody. Now, Portland finally has a pop feud of its own: Carrie vs. Colin. Granted, this beef started by sheer coincidence, when Sleater-Kinney ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Magic Sword: Friday, Jan. 16

Who are those masked men?

Music Stories Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles ar ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: And And And, The Failure

The Failure (Party Damage)

Album Reviews [THE NEW WORKING CLASS] Technically, The Failure is billed as And And And’s official debut full-length, but anyone following the local music scene since 2010 has probably heard at least a fe ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

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

Fifteen For ’15

Ranking the most-anticipated local albums of the coming year.

Album Reviews If there were a Geiger counter to subjectively measure the year in music, the results would say that 2014 was not a particularly great one. Outside of D’Angelo finally emerging from the wild ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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