Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-836-1-.html Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22911-how_to_dance_like_future_islands_an_animated_guide_.html On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p]]> Everyone Loves Menomena... Except Menomena - Why doesn't Portland's best band get along? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12437-everyone_loves_menomena_except_menomena_why_doesnt_portlands_best_band_get_along.html IMAGE: Ben MoonBrent Knopf is hiding the truth. His deep blue eyes, covered slightly by curly brown hair, dart to the side, looking for something to play with. He fidgets in his seat, nervously taps o ...]]> I Think I Was There - An oral history of Satyricon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12560-i_think_i_was_there_an_oral_history_of_satyricon.html

In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...

Rhythm And Booze - Drinking with Destroyer’s Dan Bejar. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17207-rhythm_and_booze_drinking_with_destroyers_dan_bejar.html More than any other current songwriter, Dan Bejar’s lyrics beg for a good unpacking. For 15 years, Bejar has written twisting, expansive and eccentric songs for his own Destroyer project as well a]]> Album Review: Morning Teleportation - <i>Expanding Anyway</i> (Glacial Pace) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17157-album_review_morning_teleportation_expanding_anyway_%28glacial_pace%29.html [THE LONESOME CROWDED NORTHWEST] Ever since moving to Portland in 2008, Morning Teleportation has been tagged the Next Big Thing.]]> The Sound And The Fury - Kelli Schaefer takes a leap of faith. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17001-the_sound_and_the_fury_kelli_schaefer_takes_a_leap_of_faith.html Like a lot of teenagers in the early aughts, Kelli Schaefer escaped the suburbs of her hometown of Battle Ground, Wash., by crossing the Columbia River into Portland to visit the Meow Meow]]> Dance Yourself Meme - Future Islands just want to move you. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22205-dance_yourself_meme_future_islands_just_want_to_move_you.html On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p]]> Album Review: Blue Skies For Black Hearts - <i>Embracing The Modern Age</i> (Super Big Ltd.) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17367-album_review_blue_skies_for_black_hearts_embracing_the_modern_age_%28super_big_ltd%29.html [HERE’S YOUR FUTURE] It’s hard to fault Blues Skies for Black Hearts for being out of touch. The power-poppy quartet—led by bespectacled frontman Pat Kearns—sticks to a (relatively) simple ]]> The Lovecraft: Every Day Is Like Sunday - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17161-the_lovecraft_every_day_is_like_sunday_.html “I’ll buy a free drink for anyone who sings an Erasure song!” yells the bartender, her face hidden behind dry ice and a series of red and green laser lights straight out of a televised Muse Christmas special. Welcome to Sunday-night karaoke at The Lovecraft (421 SE Grand Ave.]]> Hot Plate: The Fishwife’s Bacon Brownie Sundae - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16381-hot_plate_the_fishwiferss_bacon_brownie_sundae_.html IMAGE: chrisryanphoto.comI’ve found dessert heaven, and it tastes like pig fat. Buried on the bottom of the menu at the Fishwife, a two-decades-old family seafood restaurant on a stretch of Nort ...]]> Bar Guide 2014: Bringing Pickle Back - The pickleback cocktail comes straight outta Bushwick, it looks like pee, and it puts out fires. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22254-bar_guide_2014_bringing_pickle_back_the_pickleback_cocktail_comes_straight_outta_bushwick_it_looks_l.html “Are you seriously going to drink that?” is not a phrase you often hear at a Portland dive. But on an unusually warm early spring evening at Church (page 16), everyone else crowded around the ]]> Album Review: Sustentacula - <i>Salem: City of peace</i> (Warble Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16875-album_review_sustentacula_salem_city_of_peace_%28warble_records%29.html [SALEM ROCK CITY] When people speak about Portland’s vibrant music scene, they talk about community and friendship, house shows and DIY record labels, James Mercer and No. 1 records (congrats, Co]]> Album Review: And And And - <i>Life Ruiner</i> (Apes Tapes) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17266-album_review_and_and_and_life_ruiner_%28apes_tapes%29.html [LO-FI BREAKTHROUGH] On my last count, local frenetic-pop sextet And And And released 45 songs in the past year. I’m probably a little off—does a mixtape count as one track?—but the sheer amou]]> Pop It Like It’s Hot - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16816-pop_it_like_its_hot_.html

 Everybody has a favorite bar game. And while I understand the allure of a drunken game of pinball or shuffleboard, there’s no thrill quite

Bare Bones Bar: Jukebox Gold - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17369-bare_bones_bar_jukebox_gold_.html If the first thing you hear when entering a bar is “I swear the jukebox is free,” there are two possible scenarios: You’ve found a gold mine, or someone is already stupid drunk. And while the]]> Show Preview: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, OverDoz, 100s - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21471-show_preview_a%24ap_ferg_a%24ap_mob_joey_fatts_aston_matthews_overdoz_100s_.html [CHAIN HANG LOW] This has not been the greatest year for hip-hop. So many big-event albums have either failed to innovate (Drake’s #everythingwasthesame, er, Nothing Was the Same) or were elaborat]]> Welcome Home Walker Friday, Feb. 25 - Soda Pop punks turn to doo-wop to keep the beat alive. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16977-welcome_home_walker_friday_feb_25_soda_pop_punks_turn_to_doo_wop_to_keep_the_beat_alive.html [BOOGIE-DOWN ROCK] When Devin Clark of doo-wop pop-rock band Welcome Home Walker got a call in December about playing an early gig at the Oregon State ]]> Primer: Wire - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17297-primer_wire_.html Formed: 1976 in London. Members: Colin Newman (guitar, vocals), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Robert Gotobed (drums) and Bruce Gilbert (guitar). Matt Simms (of It Hugs Back) replaces Gilbert for this]]> Album Review: Rabbits - <i>Lower Forms</i> (Relapse) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16949-album_review_rabbits_lower_forms_%28relapse%29.html [PDX SLUDGE] Scan the liner notes of local metal outfit Rabbits’ new record, Lower Forms, and you’ll find a surprising note: Lower Forms was recorded at Type Foundry studios. For the uninitiated, this is somewhat of ]]> Album Review: Water & Bodies - <i>Light Year</i> (Eyos Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16948-album_review_water_bodies_light_year_%28eyos_records%29.html [ALT-ROCK WILL NEVER DIE] Now that the Decemberists have hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, the idea that a local group can go from a practice space on East Burnside to ]]> Album Review: Quiet Life - <i>Big Green</i> (Safety Meeting) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16908-album_review_quiet_life_big_green_%28safety_meeting%29.html [MUSIC FROM BIG GREEN] Brothers Sean and Ryan Spellman grew up in the swamps of New Jersey, just outside of Asbury Park. The story in their byline—and in the songs by their]]> Slanted And Enchanted - Oregon's creepiest amusement park meets Portland's hippest bands. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12293-slanted_and_enchanted_oregons_creepiest_amusement_park_meets_portlands_hippest_bands.html Top Five Ways To Dress Well…For The Cam’ron Show - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22944-top_five_ways_to_dress_well%E2%80%A6for_the_camron_show_.html Wear your finest pink mink coat.Back in the early ’00s, Cam was affectionately known as “Harlem’s Pink Panther” for his collection of oversized outerwear pinker than Bubblicious watermelon]]> Drinking Game of Pricks - A guide to getting drunk with Guided by Voices. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22649-drinking_game_of_pricks_a_guide_to_getting_drunk_with_guided_by_voices.html

Few bands in indie rock inspire as much drunken devotion
as Guided by Voices. Led by former schoolteacher and Beatles devotee
Robert Pollard, the band’s expert mix of off-kilter whimsy, fist-pum

My PDX: David Leiken - Promoting music for four decades, on his own terms. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11244-my_pdx_david_leiken_promoting_music_for_four_decades_on_his_own_terms.html Matt Lemay <i>Elliott Smith’s XO</i> (33 1/3) - Deconstructing the myth behind the white suit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10569-matt_lemay_elliott_smithrss_xo_%2833_1_3%29_deconstructing_the_myth_behind_the_white_suit.html Cosmic Warriors - Akron/Family enters the void. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17236-cosmic_warriors_akron_family_enters_the_void.html When it was time for Akron/Family to send out copies of its new album, the experimental-folk rock band abandoned the usual channels of distribution—giving promo copies to the press, streaming the ]]> Flight Of The Dodos - The Dodos return to Portland and find their mojo. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17264-flight_of_the_dodos_the_dodos_return_to_portland_and_find_their_mojo.html Most of the time, as the story goes, a band cleans up its sound to lead to a bigger audience. But when San Francisco frantic-folk duo the Dodos were recruited by noted Northwest indie-rock producer]]> Team Evil Saturday, Jan. 22 - Local producer branches out with his own band. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16388-team_evil_saturday_jan_22_local_producer_branches_out_with_his_own_band.html Freeze Frame - Whitey McConnaughy rocks standing still. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10966-freeze_frame_whitey_mcconnaughy_rocks_standing_still.html