Giant Steps

The epic rise of Kamasi Washington.

Music Stories The common link between some of the past year’s most acclaimed albums is a bearded, tunic-wearing... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Five Must-See Acts at Pickathon

Top 5 1. Leon Bridges Retro soul is played out, but this kid’s brand—more Sam Cooke than... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

MFNW Preview: Beat Connection

Music Stories For Reed Juenger, music has always been an interdisciplinary pursuit. Though Beat... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Holly Herndon, Visible Cloaks

Music Stories [LIMINAL OPERA] Holly Herndon is Laurie Anderson for the YouTube generation.... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WYATT SCHAFFNER

Introducing Snowblind Traveler

Music Stories Who: Matt Dorrien. Sounds like: Walking into a whiskey-soaked saloon... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Gaytheist and Rabbits

Gay*Bits (Good to Die)

Album Reviews [BRUTAL BROMANCE] As musical couplings go, Gaytheist and Rabbits... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 
 

Five Must-See Acts at Pickathon

Top 5 1. Leon Bridges Retro soul is played out, but this kid’s brand—more Sam Cooke than Motown—is so authentic it’s like he stowed away in Doc Brown’s DeLorean after the Enchantment Under t ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Giant Steps

The epic rise of Kamasi Washington.

Music Stories The common link between some of the past year’s most acclaimed albums is a bearded, tunic-wearing saxophonist from Inglewood, Calif. If you’ve heard recent records from Flying Lotus and Kendrick L ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

MFNW Preview: Beat Connection

Music Stories For Reed Juenger, music has always been an interdisciplinary pursuit. Though Beat Connection began in earnest as a party-starting DJ duo at the University of Washington, his dorm-bound project has sin ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Introducing Snowblind Traveler

Music Stories Who: Matt Dorrien. Sounds like: Walking into a whiskey-soaked saloon after a long day on the road, and the piano player has a sad story for you.  For fans of: The Tallest Man on Earth, Father J ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Show Preview: Holly Herndon, Visible Cloaks

Music Stories [LIMINAL OPERA] Holly Herndon is Laurie Anderson for the YouTube generation. The San Francisco-based artist makes the sort of experimental dance music that yearns for deeper communication via technolo ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by WYATT SCHAFFNER

Album Review: The Fourth Wall

Lovely Violence (Bug Hunt)

Album Reviews [SHOEGAZE] For a band that’s been around only five years, Portland-via-Hawaii noise-pop group the Fourth Wall has its craft surprisingly well-honed. Its second album,Lovely Violence, is impressively ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY HARDMEYER.

Album Review: Gaytheist and Rabbits

Gay*Bits (Good to Die)

Album Reviews [BRUTAL BROMANCE] As musical couplings go, Gaytheist and Rabbits are a match made in a center for tinnitus research. Beyond sheer volume, the Portland punk-metal agitators also share a common distaste ... More

Jul 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

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

The 2015 PDX Pop Now! Yearbook

A look at eight of the superlative acts playing the annual local music festival.

Music Stories IMAGE: WW StaffValedictorian: Vinnie Dewayne <a href="http://vinniedewayne.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-passage-ep-before-the-scholar">Rites of Passage EP: Before the Scholar by Vinnie Dewayne ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thursday, July 23

Drummer Riley Geare is UMO’s backbone, but he’s also one of Portland’s rising studio wizards.

Music Stories A glance at Riley Geare’s wrist will tell you he hasn’t been home for a few weeks. He was, until recently, on the road, playing drums with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and his forearm is a rainbow of ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

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

MFNW Preview: Milo Greene

Music Stories Whether it was their intention to create a festival-ready powerhouse or not, the four college friends who comprise Milo Greene are most definitely bound for greatness. Full-on democracy can make even ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

The Five Stoniest Artists at the Waterfront Blues Fest

Top 5 Harper & the Midwest Kind (3 pm Thursday) Harper writes six-minute songs that combine harmonica and didgeridoo, and his band has the word “kind” in its name. “Love equals peace equals ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by RUSTY FEATHERCAP

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

Divers: Portland's Best New Band 2015

Best New Band POINTS: 122  FORMED: 2010 SOUNDS LIKE: Bruce Springsteen and Paul Westerberg took over as the house band at a blue-collar bar somewhere in the Rust Belt—then robbed the bar, ran from th ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

2. The Domestics

2015 Best New Band Poll Runner-Up

Best New Band POINTS: 77 FORMED:  2013 SOUNDS LIKE:  Two strangers in a bar at closing time, swapping stories of relationships gone bad until their voices conjoin in bittersweet harmony. A month be ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

3. Máscaras

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 71.5FORMED: 2013SOUNDS LIKE: The house band for the end of the world playing the last basement party on Earth.On the patio of the Cement Building, the austere, gray rehearsal complex under t ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

4./5. Sama Dams

2015 Best New Band Poll finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 49FORMED: 2011SOUNDS LIKE: Stumbling into a dark industrial warehouse and hearing a warped jazz album playing somewhere in the shadows.When interviewing the members of Sama Dams, answers typ ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

4./5. Talkative

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 49FORMED: 2010SOUNDS LIKE: Martians hosting a psych-rock festival inside a funhouse.Most people who’ve been to Eugene know Sam Bond’s Garage. The small, rustic bar’s rickety old stage ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

6./7. Myke Bogan

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2012.SOUNDS LIKE: Going one toke over the line and challenging your subconscious fears to a rap battle—and losing.Myke Bogan’s parents just don’t understa ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

6./7. Vinnie Dewayne

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2009.SOUNDS LIKE: Kendrick Lamar’s cousin who really got into The Warm Up-era J. Cole but wanted more atmospheric beats.Vinnie Dewayne is feeling good. Drivin ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

8. Eyelids

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 34.5FORMED: 2013.SOUNDS LIKE: Pacific Northwest indie rock steeped in Southern California psychedelia, with all of the vibes and none of the lethargy.Chris Slusarenko has lost his train of tho ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by TED JAMISON

9./10. Psychomagic

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 33FORMED: 2013.SOUNDS LIKE: A broken kaleidoscope designed to give flower children bad trips. Normally, when you ask a band, “How did you get together?” the answer is going to be pr ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

9./10. Rasheed Jamal

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 33FORMED: Started performing in 2011.SOUNDS LIKE: A series of Southern-fried subreddits set to stark, minimalist beats.Rasheed Jamal is a rising figure in Portland hip-hop, but he says he’ll ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Five Past Best New Band Finalists Re-Emerging In 2015

Top 5 1. Copy (No. 1, 2006) The keytar-wielding, video-game-hero-come-to-life is releasing his first album in five years this week (see review). 2. Valet (No. 3, 2008) In June, Honey Owens’ etherea ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Local Sleater-Kinney Landmarks

Top 5 1. Southwest Broadway  The photo on the cover of 1999’s The Hot Rock depicts the band hailing a cab downtown, the Schnitz’s iconic “Portland” sign visible in the background a few blocks ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Most Tear-Jerking Moments Jose Gonzalez Has Soundtracked

Top 5 The O.C., “The Dearly Beloved” Song: “Crosses”  Scene: Seth tells Summer he’s worried about his mother’s drinking. Weepiest lyric: “Crosses all over, heavy on your shoulders/The ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Vacilando

While They Were Dancing (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews [STONED ROOTS] It should maybe fall under the full-disclosure category that I’m a huge fan of sleepy, atmospheric, low-tempo, vaguely Midwestern pop tunes that feature the pedal steel guitar. The mo ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)

Album Reviews [PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

While Sleeping Stay Awake (Riding Easy)

Album Reviews [GATEWAY METAL] Sons of Huns’ sophomore album has significantly upped the ante from their 2013 debut, Banishment Ritual. In nine songs, the trio kicks down the garage door and blasts out onto a high ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON
 

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