Five Tips for Celebrating "Decemberists Day"

Portland is dedicating Jan. 20 to Colin Meloy and crew (and snubbing Sleater-Kinney).


I believe it was Andy Warhol who said, "In the future, everyone in Portland will have a day named in their honor." Thanks largely to former Mayor Sam Adams' insatiable appetite for proclamations, our calendar is stuffed with commemorations of everything from Bill Schonely to sea otters to the Norwegian Constitution. It's amazing there are any days left which haven't yet been occupied. Luckily ...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Willamette Weekend: 12 Things to Do in Portland, Jan. 31-Feb. 2

Fart jokes, football and Chinese New Year


Friday, Jan. 31Brian Posehn  Standup from the comedian, known for his fart jokes, fatherhood stories and heavy-metal fan base. Helium Comedy Club, 1510 SE 9th Ave., 888-643-8669. 8 pm Thursday; 7:30 and 10 pm Friday-Saturday, Jan. 30-Feb. 1. $18-$30. Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre [dance] Heidi Duckler returns from L.A. to premiere another site-specific dance piece, this time in a ...   More
Friday, January 31, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Live Review: Colin Meloy at Crystal Ballroom, 1/21


It began like any birthday should: With an overly-large cake, a table of poppyseed cupcakes and a song. It wasn’t a celebration on behalf of Colin Meloy, but the last night in the Crystal Ballroom’s 100-year anniversary sweep. A century is no small feat, and the birthday MC had no trouble rattling off an exhaustive list of artists who’ve taken the stage, from Rudolph Valentino and Tina ...   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Top 10 Local Books From 2011

Portland is a city of writers and readers. It’s sometimes overwhelming how much talent we’ve got crammed into this town. To wrap up 2011, I thought I’d offer a list of 10 very notable titles   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 MARIANNA HANE WILES

Kidnapped By Crows

An excerpt from Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis’ new book, Wildwood.

Cover Story
Colin Meloy was always bound to write a kid’s book. For years, the hyper-literate bard and lead singer of Portland’s internationally lauded band the Decemberists has been spinning bedtime yarns   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 WW Culture Staff

An Intriguing Essay On Colin Meloy's Misogyny


L.V. Anderson can't be the only Decemberists fan made uneasy by Meloy's affection for folksy rape:"Will somebody just yell 'maidenhead'?" he asks the crowd, laughing."MAIDENHEAD!" they dutifully roar.Can we imagine, for a moment, what this song would be like if Meloy hadn't couched it in elaborate language and a pseudo-historical setting? Suppose "A Cautionary Song" were set in a modern-day housing ...   More
Thursday, March 3, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Video: The Decemberists Get "Down" on Conan

I'm an awful Conan O'Brien fan. I'll admit that I'm not the most devout member of "Team Coco," but my excitement for The Big Red Head's new TBS talk show has waned to the point that I would have completely forgotten he was on if it wasn't for Colin Meloy. Last night the Decemberists debuted their new single, "Down By the Water," on the late night circuit, and it's a riveting and inspired performance ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Portlandia Shooting Fake MusicfestNW at MusicfestNW

Movies & Television
If you see TV cameras while staggering between MusicfestNW venues tonight, give 'em your most disaffected sneer: Portlandia, the IFC improvisational comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will be shooting incidental footage at MFNW over the next several days. At a mini-junket luncheon today at Besaw's, Armisen (the Saturday Night Live Obama impersonator) and Brownstein (the Sleater-Kinney ...   More
Thursday, September 9, 2010 AARON MESH

Tickets Still Available For PDX Pop Now! Benefit

Do you have plans on Thursday night? I know, I know, there's this little team called the Trail Blazers. But for anyone who's not a basketball fan (or for people who really care about music and arts in this city) there's another event in town that's worth throwing your money behind. For the second year in a row, the good folks behind PDX Pop Now! are holding a benefit concert at the tiny Ace Cleaners ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

PDX Pop Now! Compilation Tracklist, CD Release Info and More

Wow. PDX Pop Now! just sent us so much information that I'm mainly going to let you dig through the press release. I've bolded what I think is the most pertinent information. But that's a lot of bolding. So for your enjoyment, here are the top five things I'm excited about now that I didn't know about a half hour ago. And so you don't forget, the festival is July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at Rotture. 5. ...   More
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


Web Design for magazines