Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1400-1-.html Sun, 23 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Best of Portland 2011: Then & Now - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17775-best_of_portland_2011_then_now_.html 1985 - Best Pizza Thrower Dave Hite is something of a hero among working-class eaters. Before the bespectacled young man from Spokane, best known as the dapper saxophone player for the Fabulous K-T]]> Braille: Friday, Aug. 26 - Portland's Braille is a hip-hop lifer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17879-braille_friday_aug_26_portlands_braille_is_a_hip_hop_lifer.html [HIP-HOP] When Portland’s Bryan “Braille” Winchester was 17, hip-hop seemed like a practical career path. With adult responsibilities on the way and no high-school diploma, Winchester’s bes]]> Youth Lagoon: Saturday, Jan. 21 - There’s a whole lot to love behind Youth Lagoon’s wall of sound. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18682-youth_lagoon_saturday_jan_21_theres_a_whole_lot_to_love_behind_youth_lagoons_wall_of_sound.html [BOISE BEDROOM POP] Boise native Trevor Powers is not scared of blending in with the crowd. At first listen, his debut album as Youth Lagoon, drenched in damping effect and reverb, sounds like a]]> Top Four American Songs for American People! - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17658-top_four_american_songs_for_american_people__.html Toby Keith, “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” After 9/11, country badass Toby Keith warned the terrorists responsible that they would be punished for crossing “Mother Freedom” by getting]]> Primer: Andre Nickatina - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17954-primer_andre_nickatina_.html Born: March 11,  1970, in San Francisco. Sounds like: A nerve-racking conversation with a sketchy, well-dressed character in a dark strip club.  For fans of: Mac Dre, Rappin 4-Tay, Spice 1, ]]> The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition - <i>WW</i>’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21668-the_best_thing_i_heard_this_year_portland_edition_wws_music_staff_picks_its_favorite_local_albums_of.html Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle]]> Rap Class: Wednesday, Oct. 31 - Portland beatmaker John Kammerle wants to take the songs stuck in his head and cram them into yours. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19847-rap_class_wednesday_oct_31_portland_beatmaker_john_kammerle_wants_to_take_the_songs_stuck_in_his_hea.html [SAMPLE-BASED] To quote an overused hip-hop proverb, sampling is an art. For local beatmaker and DJ John Kammerle, aka Rap Class, it’s also a turn-on.  “I don’t want that to sound w]]> Bazi Bierbrasserie: Cheap Flight - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17717-bazi_bierbrasserie_cheap_flight_.html Apparently, in Belgium, bar food is both delicious and served at ridiculously low prices. Can’t afford a plane ticket? No worries. Portland’s own Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave., 234-8888,]]> Rogue Hall: I’ll Play Your Game, You Rogue - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17825-rogue_hall_ill_play_your_game_you_rogue_.html What better beer company to open a brewery near PSU’s campus than Rogue, creator of the ingenious PSU IPA? Located beneath the student-packed halls of the Vue apartments and right next to the Sout]]> Primer: Immortal Technique - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18250-primer_immortal_technique_.html Born: Feb. 19, 1978, in Lima, Peru. His family moved to Harlem two years later to escape Peru’s internal conflict.  Sounds like: A political watchdog with a microphone. For fans of: Public En]]> Paper/Upper/Cuts Thursday, July 28 - David “Papi” Fimbres is a big, sweaty, teddy-bear genius. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17767-paper_upper_cuts_thursday_july_28_david_%E2%80%9Cpapi%E2%80%9D_fimbres_is_a_big_sweaty_teddy_bear_ge.html [SPACE JAMS] When you spend time with David “Papi” Fimbres, two things quickly become apparent: First, the 31-year-old is extremely talented—he plays everything from drums to tuba as part of h]]> Kenny Fresh (FRSH SLCTS) - How to blog Portland hip-hop and occasionally alienate people. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20245-kenny_fresh_%28frsh_slcts%29_how_to_blog_portland_hip_hop_and_occasionally_alienate_people.html A lot of people have heard of 25-year-old Portlander Kenny Fresh. Most don’t know why. The New Jersey transplant, creator of music blog FRSH SLCTS, has become a significant fixture in the Nort]]> Primer: The Blind Boys of Alabama - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18560-primer_the_blind_boys_of_alabama_.html Formed: In 1939 in Talladega, Ala. Sounds like: The wind on a warm summer’s night in the rural deep South, circa 1940-something. For fans of: Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Blind Willie Johnson, Mahalia ]]> Album Review: Myke Bogan - <i>Monkeys on the Beach</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20397-album_review_myke_bogan_monkeys_on_the_beach_%28self_released%29.html [HIP-HOP] Myke Bogan is a sad-clown rapper. Almost all the material released by the twentysomething MC has filtered heartbreak and loneliness through the sound of an empty PBR can getting crushe]]> Hidden In the Crates - Five great local hip-hop albums Portland forgot. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21093-hidden_in_the_crates_five_great_local_hip_hop_albums_portland_forgot.html Portland hip-hop has always had a tough time getting respect. At one point in the 1990s, hip-hop acts were even banned from performing in downtown venues. This is a shame, because over the years, ]]> Scene Report: Hip-Hop - The Portland MCs melting mics in 2014. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21719-scene_report_hip_hop_the_portland_mcs_melting_mics_in_2014.html Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei]]> Album Review: Cassow - <i>Future Classic</i> (Frsh Slcts) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19516-album_review_cassow_future_classic_%28frsh_slcts%29.html [PO-HOP] Portland rapper Cassow (pronounced KAH-so, as in Picasso) has fast become known for his ability to rap thought-provoking lyrics, but it was one of his recent tweets that had a big effect ]]> Album Review: Tope - <i>Until the Next Time We Meet</i> (Amigo/Amiga) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18928-album_review_tope_until_the_next_time_we_meet_%28amigo_amiga%29.html [PO-HOP] When I first heard Portland rapper Tope five years ago as a member of Living Proof, I immediately fell in love with, above all else, how fun the music sounded. In an era when many Portl]]> MusicfestNW 2013: Joey Bada$$ - Hip-hop’s savior is an 18-year-old MC with big dreams, big problems and an even bigger price tag. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21049-musicfestnw_2013_joey_bada%24%24_hip_hops_savior_is_an_18_year_old_mc_with_big_dreams_big_problems_a.html Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ likes to keep things candid. He’ll tell you, without hesitation, that any record label that wants to sign him will have to pay him $3 million up front. He’ll also ]]> Introducing…: The Resistance - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22139-introducing%E2%80%A6_the_resistance_.html Who: Rappers Mic Capes, Glenn Waco and Rasheed Jamal. Sounds like: Lupe Fiasco if he was a little more street; Kurupt if he was a little more conscious. For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Common, Earl Swe]]> Album Review: Serge Severe - <i>Boom Bap & Bars Vol. 1</i> (Focused Noise) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20540-album_review_serge_severe_boom_bap_bars_vol_1_%28focused_noise%29.html [HIP-HOP] Portland MC Serge Severe has always had an appreciation for the “golden age” of hip-hop. He released a tape of himself rapping over DJ Premier beats. He refers to  himself as ]]> Primer: E-40 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20155-primer_e_40_.html Born: In Vallejo, Calif., in 1967. Sounds like: A sugar-tongued gangster with a flair for the dramatic. For fans of: Too Short, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Spice 1, 3x Krazy. Latest release: History: Function]]> Album Review: Tope - <i>Trouble Man</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20844-album_review_tope_trouble_man_%28self_released%29.html [HIP-HOP] At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Tr]]> Primer: RJD2 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20103-primer_rjd2_.html Born: In 1976 in Eugene.  Sounds like: An extremely gifted beatmaker who has a love/hate relationship with his drum machine. For fans of: Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith. Latest release:]]> Primer: Joey Bada$$ - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20394-primer_joey_bada%24%24_.html Born: In 1995 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sounds like: Your older brother’s favorite hip-hop cassette tape from the early ’90s.  For fans of: Nas, Gang Starr, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth. Late]]> Album Review: Epp - <i>Chrome Plated Chronicles</i> (1210 Music) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21205-album_review_epp_chrome_plated_chronicles_%281210_music%29.html [HIP-HOP] On “Heart of Gold,” the airy opener to Epp’s proper solo debut, Chrome Plated Chronicles, the Portland MC matter-of-factly proclaims, “You can’t tell us that we ain’t working]]> Primer: Jean Grae - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17928-primer_jean_grae_.html Born: In 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa (before relocating to New York as a child) Sounds like: A female version of Talib Kweli or Masta Ace—but funnier than either of them.  For fans of: Litt]]> Cadence Weapon: Sunday, Oct. 28 - How a cerebral Canadian MC evolved from an introverted philosopher into “a traveling fun machine.” http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19791-cadence_weapon_sunday_oct_28_how_a_cerebral_canadian_mc_evolved_from_an_introverted_philosopher_into.html [ECLECTIC HIP-HOP] Expectations are high for 26-year-old Canadian rapper Rollie Pemberton, also known as Cadence Weapon. He was a poet laureate for his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, so people e]]> Album Review: Sleep - <i>Oregon Failure</i> (Oldominion) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22413-album_review_sleep_oregon_failure_%28oldominion%29.html [PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure, the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a question that most rappers undou]]> Reed Jackson on Fleetwood Mac - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20815-reed_jackson_on_fleetwood_mac_.html Unlike many other kids I know, my parents didn’t introduce me to Fleetwood Mac. Between my jazzhead father and Motown-loving mother, there were hardly any rock records in my house growing up. My]]>