Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-872-1-.html Sun, 21 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19623-portland_rock_trivia_twelve_absolutely_random_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_portland_music_scene.html 1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...]]> Giving Up the Ghost - Don’t fear the Reaper—even if it’s a really convincing-looking Reaper. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18709-giving_up_the_ghost_dont_fear_the_reaper%E2%80%94even_if_its_a_really_convincing_looking_reaper.html “A lot of black-metal bands have an agenda where they actually say, ‘We want you to kill yourself,’” bemoans Ghost’s frontman. “We don’t have an agenda. Our uppermost goal is not t]]> Bowling With The Devil - Jessie Rogers' heavy-metal bowling league is changing lives. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11547-bowling_with_the_devil_jessie_rogers_heavy_metal_bowling_league_is_changing_lives.html Primer: Lost Lockets - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17454-primer_lost_lockets_.html Formed: In Portland in the deep winter of 2006. Sounds like: It sounds a lot like what David Lynch directing O Brother, Where Art Thou? would look like. For fans of: Gospel, Twin Peaks, Kate Bush, 4AD]]> Punk’s Not Dead - Final Warning returns to Portland after a 22-year hiatus. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9542-punkrss_not_dead_final_warning_returns_to_portland_after_a_22_year_hiatus.html Primer: Steely Dan - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17661-primer_steely_dan_.html Formed: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met at Bard College in 1967. Sounds like: Yacht rock! For fans of: Michael McDonald, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan and E]]> 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]]> Scene Report: Metal - Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21746-scene_report_metal_portland_is_finally_a_metal_hotbed_here_are_the_heavy_hitters_stoking_the_flames_.html Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red Fang]]> Calamity Jane Saturday, July 24 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12230-calamity_jane_saturday_july_24_.html Primer: Man Or Astroman? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16980-primer_man_or_astroman_.html Formed: Auburn, Ala., in 1992. Sounds like: The Ventures on a steady diet of Space Ghost and Hawkwind. For fans of: Surf rock, Link Wray, Dead Moon, Estrus Records, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Why you care: Man or Astroman? launched from its pad in the ]]> Halsey “Halseycaust” Swain - The wild life and wildlife of Portland’s most extreme visual artist. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20190-halsey_%E2%80%9Chalseycaust%E2%80%9D_swain_the_wild_life_and_wildlife_of_portlands_most_extreme_visu.html Illustrator Halsey Swain speaks in a matter-of-fact, almost backwoods drawl. Though she has called Portland home for five years, she was born in Marblehead, Mass., not far from the other Salem.&nb]]> Primer: Queens of the Stone Age - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17771-primer_queens_of_the_stone_age_.html Formed: In Palm Desert, Calif., 1997. Sounds like: Innovative corporate rock with pop hooks that shoots from the hip. Yup, that used to happen. For fans of: Kyuss, Devo, ZZ Top, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin,]]> Where’s your guitar? - Rollerball—Portland's best-kept secret for far too long. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9190-whererss_your_guitar_rollerballmdashportlands_best_kept_secret_for_far_too_long.html Album Review: Danava - <i>Hemisphere of Shadows</i> (Kemado) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18289-album_review_danava_hemisphere_of_shadows_%28kemado%29.html [METAL] On its self-titled debut album in 2006, local hard-rock band Danava established itself as a formidable power trio with a healthy laser-gloss of analog synth to push its sound into outer ]]> <i>Star Wars: Uncut</i> - Greedo shot first. Han shot his own movie. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18782-star_wars_uncut_greedo_shot_first_han_shot_his_own_movie.html A long time ago, a USC student named George transformed his love of Buck Rogers serials, pulp novels and Japanese cinema into the greatest space-opera film of all time. Since then, he’s redeco]]> Lickity - Lickity's electro-party-punk was kind of an accident. No one's complaining. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9821-lickity_lickitys_electro_party_punk_was_kind_of_an_accident_no_ones_complaining.html <i>Lucia di Lammermoor</i> - Out for blood. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21953-lucia_di_lammermoor_out_for_blood.html Not many 19th-century Italian operas feature a chorus of men pointing rifles at the audience in the first five minutes. But Donizetti’s enduring masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor pulls few punch]]> Album Review: Lost Lockets - <i>Love Not Fear</i> (Cochon Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19300-album_review_lost_lockets_love_not_fear_%28cochon_records%29.html [SIREN SONGS] After several years in the making, the surrealist pop duo Lost Lockets has finally immortalized a collection of its finest tunes to wax. It’s never been easy to describe Lost Locke]]> Iommi Bloody Iommi - Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21024-iommi_bloody_iommi_cancer_and_controversy_cant_stop_black_sabbaths_true_iron_man.html When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011, promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick]]> Entrail Blazers - Exhuming Portland’s forgotten extreme metal pioneers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20973-entrail_blazers_exhuming_portlands_forgotten_extreme_metal_pioneers.html Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are di]]> Top Five Goblin Soundtracks - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21345-top_five_goblin_soundtracks_.html Profondo Rosso (1975) When director Dario Argento decided to scrap composer Giorgio Gaslini’s score—and after Pink Floyd declined the job—he turned to Italian prog monsters Goblin to help c]]> Primer: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19411-primer_ringo_starr_his_all_starr_band_.html Formed: In 1989, thanks to producer David Fishof, who envisioned a show where “everybody onstage is a star in their own right.”  Sounds like: The Travelling Wilburys with a stoned Caveman on]]> <i>Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage</i> - Revenge of the—prog-metal—nerds. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12092-rush_beyond_the_lighted_stage_revenge_of_themdashprog_metalmdashnerds.html Primer: Pallbearer - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20214-primer_pallbearer_.html Formed: In Little Rock, Ark., in 2008.  Sounds like: A slow march through brimstone fields at the end of time. For fans of: Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Electric Wizard, Burning Witch, funerals, ]]> Primer: Paul Di’Anno - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20049-primer_paul_dianno_.html

Born: In 1958 in London.
Sounds like: Early Iron Maiden songs performed by less capable players who have not taken very good care of themselves.
For fans of: Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Tim “Ripper

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Mongoloid Village <i>Mongoloid Village</i> - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10224-mongoloid_village_mongoloid_village_.html Album Review: Order Of The Gash - <i>Configuraton</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19162-album_review_order_of_the_gash_configuraton_%28self_released%29.html [DEATH METAL] Hearing Configuration makes me realize how many times I’ve seen Order of the Gash in DIY settings with inadequate sound systems. These three good folks operate without ego, alway]]> Primer: Opeth - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18052-primer_opeth_.html Formed: In 1990 in Stockholm. Sounds like: Swedish death metal from the ’90s having a fireside chat with progressive rock from the ’70s. For fans of: Morbid Angel, King Crimson, Camel, Metallica, ]]> Show Preview: Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22208-show_preview_bryan_ferry_dawn_landes_.html [LUXURY ROCK] At age 68, Bryan Ferry remains a study in contrasts. He made his name as the coke-addled, space-alien frontman of English glam titans Roxy Music, but outside of that towering, monu]]> Michael Chapman: Tuesday, Oct. 9 - The British folk rebel you’ve never heard of. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19715-michael_chapman_tuesday_oct_9_the_british_folk_rebel_youve_never_heard_of.html [BRITISH FOLK] “I’m not very good at doing what I’m told,” says Michael Chapman through a crackling phone line from Leeds, England. That’s an understatement. At age 71, Chapman, one of]]>