Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1539-1-.html Mon, 22 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Album Review: Golden Retriever - <i>Seer</i> (Thrill Jockey) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22210-album_review_golden_retriever_seer_%28thrill_jockey%29.html [PLATINUM IMPROV] It’s not whether these sounds are fitted together right, it’s just that they’re fitted together. Golden Retriever, comprising locals Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet and M]]> Album Review: Bike Thief - <i>Stuck in a Dream</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22977-album_review_bike_thief_stuck_in_a_dream_%28self_released%29.html [POP DEPENDENCE] Considering the album title is almost an Alice Cooper reference and the band’s name is cribbed from a postwar, neo-realist film, it’d be reasonable to expect a rich tapestry]]> Fruits of the Loom - Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21967-fruits_of_the_loom_quilts_heady_psych_folk_is_knit_from_earth_grids_choirs_and_40_oz_beers.html A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug]]> MusicfestNW 2014: Run the Jewels - Hip-hop’s most dynamic duo fights the power. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22905-musicfestnw_2014_run_the_jewels_hip_hops_most_dynamic_duo_fights_the_power.html Maybe hip-hop duo Run the Jewels are like the new Avengers, marauding to improve civilization. Or maybe it’s just a couple of guys who get along really well.  Either way, they’re a fo]]> Album Review: Hot Victory - <i>Hot Victory</i> (Eolian Empire) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22530-album_review_hot_victory_hot_victory_%28eolian_empire%29.html [CLASHING ROBOTS] This is all a horrible, chemical dream, from the savage drumming to the woozy electronic manipulations. After releasing Triangulum Australe a few years ago, the duo of Caitlin ]]> Album Review: Sara Jackson-Holman - <i>River Queen</i> (Expunged Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22769-album_review_sara_jackson_holman_river_queen_%28expunged_records%29.html [PUSHING POP] It seems like a River Styx reference is right there. Portland-based Sara Jackson-Holman opens her latest EP, River Queen, with the line, “Take me with you when you go to the dept]]> Album Review: Sassparilla - <i>Pasajero/Hullabaloo</i> (Fluff & Gravy) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22693-album_review_sassparilla_pasajero_hullabaloo_%28fluff_gravy%29.html

[DEVILISH ROOTS] At its best, Portland’s Sassparilla surpasses its sundry influences. But more frequently, frontman Kevin Blackwell is

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The Gas Mask Anthems - One society’s junk is L’Orchestre d’Incroyable’s folk music. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21642-the_gas_mask_anthems_one_societys_junk_is_lorchestre_dincroyables_folk_music.html Traipsing through a Technicolor conception of our generation’s Old Weird America, some trashed would-be troubadour crops up with a pair of suspenders helping keep his pants at about waist leve]]> Hotseat: Ryan Sickler - <i>The CrabFeast</i> co-host goes from Baltimore to Beverly Hills. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22993-hotseat_ryan_sickler_the_crabfeast_co_host_goes_from_baltimore_to_beverly_hills.html Many standup comedians aspire to that vaunted everyman shtick. Few truly attain it. And even fewer pull it off while still offering shrewd insight into our daily struggles to get by. Ryan Sick]]> Album Review: Lubec - <i>The Thrall</i> (Like Young) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23084-album_review_lubec_the_thrall_%28like_young%29.html [ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11 tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city. ]]> Dawn Of Midi: Wednesday, June 18 - Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22692-dawn_of_midi_wednesday_june_18_hypnotizing_the_world_one_post_jazz_groove_at_a_time.html It’s not necessarily a reconstitution of New Orleans’ Congo Square—that trading spot where, back in the early 20th century, African, European and indigenous cultures got jumbled up and spat ]]> Lilacs & Champagne: Wednesday, Aug. 6 - Portland sample-splicers weave philosophy with comic books and porn. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22879-lilacs_champagne_wednesday_aug_6_portland_sample_splicers_weave_philosophy_with_comic_books_and_porn.html With so many varied projects, Emil Amos finds himself guzzling coffee just to keep up. Every group he’s involved with, he says, pulls from sources of Eastern inspiration, both melodically and ]]> Album Review: Josh Martinez - <i>Blotto</i> (Camobear) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22603-album_review_josh_martinez_blotto_%28camobear%29.html [SUBTLY ODD HIP-HOP] Collaborations with the bat-shit Awol One and Oldominion’s Sleep set transplanted Portlander Josh Martinez on firm experimental footing. But in his case, it’s more a min]]> Album Review: Grouper - <i>Ruins</i> (Kranky) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23388-album_review_grouper_ruins_%28kranky%29.html [HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper, probably won’t ever be slotted into the same category of chanteuse as Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. What Harris has done in more than]]> Unknown Pleasures - Peter Hook brings New Order’s deep cuts into the light. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23519-unknown_pleasures_peter_hook_brings_new_orders_deep_cuts_into_the_light.html “I’ve never seen a group bicker as plainly and as openly as me and twat-face,” Peter Hook says over the phone from his room at a Toronto Holiday Inn. The founding bassist of Joy Division a]]> Album Review: Eidolons - <i>The Big Yellow Shirt/Hard Hang in a Deep Country</i> (Self Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22852-album_review_eidolons_the_big_yellow_shirt_hard_hang_in_a_deep_country_%28self_released%29.html [WRY WIT] Delighting in slightly out-of-tune, jangled-up, country-infused rock, with a Portland vibe riding roughshod over the entire endeavor, Eidolons has split 30 minutes of music into two ]]> Album Review: Atriarch - <i>An Unending Pathway</i> (Relapse) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23453-album_review_atriarch_an_unending_pathway_%28relapse%29.html [MACABRE METAL] If time is indeed a ceaseless circle, as the opening track on An Unending Pathway posits, then Atriarch’s latest album makes a great deal of sense. Pulling from Christian Death]]> Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23049-show_preview_the_skatalites_worlds_finest_the_sentiments_the_disliked_.html [FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music, arriving at something that over time has been both internationall]]> Album Review: Portland Cello Project - <i>To E.S.</i> (Virtual Label) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23606-album_review_portland_cello_project_to_es_%28virtual_label%29.html [POSTMODERN CELLO] Fusing a bastardized concept of chamber music and contemporary forms has always been a hallmark of the Portland Cello Project. On To E.S., its tribute to the late, beloved, ]]> Show Preview: Sturgill Simpson, Lucette - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23522-show_preview_sturgill_simpson_lucette_.html [BIG BRITCHES] Jesus gets name-checked in the first few lines of Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the Kentucky native's second album. That dead guy's name, though, is qu]]>