Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-961-1-.html Tue, 06 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Priory Friday, June 17 - A bit like a boy band with boundless teen spirit, Priory is growing up fast. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17609-priory_friday_june_17_a_bit_like_a_boy_band_with_boundless_teen_spirit_priory_is_growing_up_fast.html [SHINY INDIE POWER POP] “It feels like we’ve been doing this forever,” says Brandon Johnson, lead vocalist for indie-pop quartet Priory. The statement is hard to believe because Priory, having]]> Finding God in the Game - Hip-hop A&R man turned preacher Cole Brown discusses the intersection of Jesus and Jay-Z with his book <i>Lies Hip-Hop Told Me</i>. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19357-finding_god_in_the_game_hip_hop_ar_man_turned_preacher_cole_brown_discusses_the_intersection_of_jesu.html Like many teens weaned on the MTV culture of the early ’90s, Cole Brown developed a love for hip-hop.
Album Review: Serious Business - <i>Kool</i> (Futro) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18290-album_review_serious_business_kool_%28futro%29.html [ELECTRO HIP-HOP BANGERS] Kool, the debut album from Portland duo Serious Business, opens by comparing the group’s music to candy. That metaphor isn’t too far off base. Producer/MC Jason Mam]]> Outside In - A look into the bright future of Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17551-outside_in_a_look_into_the_bright_future_of_sallie_ford_and_the_sound_outside.html [ROOTS POP] It was roughly this time last year that it became official: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside was on a roll. The pop-Americana quartet had taken top honors in WW’s Best New Band poll, ]]> ((In Mono)) Saturday, July 2 - ((In Mono))’s debut album mixes drone metal, techno, apocalyptic post-coital decapitation. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17659-%28%28in_mono%29%29_saturday_july_2_%28%28in_mono%29%29s_debut_album_mixes_drone_metal_techno_apocal.html [TECHNO DRONE ROCK] There’s a good chance that Ark of War—the debut album from local producer Paul Lynch’s one-man-band, ((In Mono))—has the most convoluted mythology of any record to come o]]> Album Review: Pegasus Dream - <i>In Absentia</i> (Sohitek) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19409-album_review_pegasus_dream_in_absentia_%28sohitek%29.html [SPACE DISCO] Even more so on In Absentia than on its previous releases, Pegasus Dream achieves a sunny, seamless concatenation of melodies similar to that perfected by Starfucker and attempted ]]> Spirit Lake: Friday, Oct. 19 - Taking the Oregon Trail to blues-rock nirvana. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19769-spirit_lake_friday_oct_19_taking_the_oregon_trail_to_blues_rock_nirvana.html [PSYCHEDELIC BLUES ROCK] Uncle Walker’s Amber Restorative, the debut LP from Portland quartet Spirit Lake, has a history far grander than that suggested by the group’s slight résumé. The band ]]> Larry and His Flask: Tuesday, Nov. 22 - A Bend punk band makes an unlikely transformation into a gripping Americana act. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18198-larry_and_his_flask_tuesday_nov_22_a_bend_punk_band_makes_an_unlikely_transformation_into_a_gripping.html [HILLBILLY PUNK] It’s not uncommon for a band to refine its sound with age, but when considering the discography of Bend’s Larry and His Flask, you’d be forgiven for thinking two separate ]]> Album Review: New Century Schoolbook - <i>Don’t Hold Your Breath</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17455-album_review_new_century_schoolbook_dont_hold_your_breath_%28self_released%29.html [SHOW-TUNE TWEE] New Century Schoolbook is an orchestral pop quintet composed of what I suspect are ex-drama students. They are literary and enamored of the twee-er edges of pop, and they express t]]> Album Review: Michael the Blind - <i>Are’s & Els</i> (Alder Street Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19246-album_review_michael_the_blind_ares_els_%28alder_street_records%29.html [GONE ELECTRIC] Few musicians have carved as distinctive a niche in Portland’s singer-songwriter-scape as Michael Levasseur, aka Michael the Blind. In addition to making pat reference to his ext]]> Album Review: Wizard Rifle - <i>Speak Loud Say Nothing</i> (Seventh Rule Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18929-album_review_wizard_rifle_speak_loud_say_nothing_%28seventh_rule_records%29.html [SCRAP METAL] Sam Ford and Max Dameron, better known to Northwest metalheads as Wizard Rifle, create more noise than two human beings have any conceivable right to make. Composed of merely guitar,]]> Album Review: Onuinu - <i>Mirror Gazer</i> (Bladen County Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19611-album_review_onuinu_mirror_gazer_%28bladen_county_records%29.html [DISCO-HOP] While similarities between Onuinu (aka Dorian Duvall) and such electro-pop luminaries as Youth Lagoon, oOoOO and Washed Out can be easily established, Mirror Gazer, Onuinu’s debut ]]> Primer: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18742-primer_thee_silver_mt_zion_memorial_orchestra_.html Formed: 1999 in Montreal.  Sounds like: Orchestral punk epics drawn from sorrow, desolation and unease.  For fans of: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Mount Eeri]]> Album Review: Witch Mountain - <i>Cauldron of the Wild</i> (Profound Lore) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19334-album_review_witch_mountain_cauldron_of_the_wild_%28profound_lore%29.html [HEAVY METAL] Witch Mountain’s past two albums have traced a stylistic devolution—not a regrettable situation, seeing as the Portland-based sludge-metal quartet (which features WW contributo]]> Album Review: The Harvey Girls - <i>Sidereal Time</i> (Circle Into Square) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19743-album_review_the_harvey_girls_sidereal_time_%28circle_into_square%29.html [PSYCH FOLK] At its best, Sidereal Time, the fourth album from Portland duo the Harvey Girls, recalls Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in its disheveled folk experimentalism. “Picher, Nowata” and ]]> Killer Kitsch - Guantanamo Baywatch mines the dirty intersection of surf rock and punk. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19218-killer_kitsch_guantanamo_baywatch_mines_the_dirty_intersection_of_surf_rock_and_punk.html Chevelle Wiseman had never played bass when she agreed to be the bassist for Guantanamo Baywatch, a handicap she overcame by... ]]> Bros Forever - Untangling the roots of Portland's Jaguar Love. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10576-bros_forever_untangling_the_roots_of_portlands_jaguar_love.html Album Review: Wax Fingers - <i>Tender</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19568-album_review_wax_fingers_tender_%28self_released%29.html [MATH POP] Tender, the four-song sophomore release from Portland trio Wax Fingers, finds the group growing further accustomed to life within its oddly colored shell. A group of psychedelic day]]> Still Breaking Out - The Hives have more energy than everyone else in the world. Combined. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19610-still_breaking_out_the_hives_have_more_energy_than_everyone_else_in_the_world_combined.html There’s a track entitled “I Want More” midway through Lex Hives, the fifth LP from Swedish rock quintet the Hives, on which vocalist/hyper-kinetic human explosion Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist la]]> Halo Refuser: Wednesday, Sept. 12 - You may not have heard of Asher Fulero, but odds are you’ve heard him play. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19635-halo_refuser_wednesday_sept_12_you_may_not_have_heard_of_asher_fulero_but_odds_are_youve_heard_him_p.html [ELECTRONIC] If Asher Fulero has managed to avoid fame while simultaneously building an illustrious musical career, it can be attributed to the fact his energies are spread too thin to accommodate]]> Primer: Animal Collective - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19666-primer_animal_collective_.html Formed: In 1999 in Baltimore. Sounds like: A surrealist Beach Boys with 21st-century editing software. For fans of: The Flaming Lips, Dan Deacon, Vashti Bunyan. Latest release: After pushing the ma]]> Primer: Desaparecidos - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19567-primer_desaparecidos_.html Formed: In Omaha, Neb., in 2001.  Sounds like: Adbusters, as set to music by Deer Tick.  For fans of: Bright Eyes (duh), Against Me!, the Thermals, Deer Tick.  Latest release: For a ]]> At Dusk Thursday, July 2 - Pulling a stylistic fast one before bidding farewell. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10717-at_dusk_thursday_july_2_pulling_a_stylistic_fast_one_before_bidding_farewell.html Water & Bodies Wednesday, Jan. 13 - Water & Bodies delivers on the promise of its deep Portland roots. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11515-water_bodies_wednesday_jan_13_water_bodies_delivers_on_the_promise_of_its_deep_portland_roots.html