He wanted anonymity, but Your Old Droog was too good to stay secret.
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
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
[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
[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
[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
Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band.
Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial?
Dustin Hill, apparently. When he bestowed the Google-unfriendly name on
his stoner-rock project t ... More
When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.
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
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
[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
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
How Portland is keeping jazz alive and raising its next generation.
You can hear the tiny stampede well before it reaches the door.
afternoon, around 2 pm, when 20 or so Northeast Portland fifth-graders
come barreling into the band room at King S ... More
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
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
[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
[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
[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
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
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