It looked as if somebody had plunked down a ski lodge in the middle of Oakland.
In 2004, when John
Plummer, Jeff Kovel and Mike Quinn built the mod-swank Doug Fir Lounge—a
plush 1870s log cabi
As Doug Fir wraps up its anniversary month, meet the man who's made the Burnside club the best-sounding in town.
Don’t let Mick Learn’s calm demeanor fool you: He’s put in the hours. From his knob- and dial-filled station in the basement of the cabin-like Doug Fir, Learn has helped transform the club, which opened a decade ago this month into a Graceland for audiophiles. Chances are, the shows you’ve enjoyed at the eastside venue over the last 10 years have been shepherded by the veteran sound tech’s ...
Ten years ago today, a swanky lounge-cum-rock club posing as a retro-futurist ski lodge opened on East Burnside. A decade later, the Doug Fir Lounge is a Portland institution. It is arguably the best-sounding venue in town. Rolling Stone declared it one of the best clubs in America. It has played host to innumerable artists, some who've gone on to become household names, others who've since had ...
Last week, before Nick Cave debased the Schnitz, his former touring partner, Sharon Van Etten, spent two nights bumming out the Doug Fir. Actually, despite the somber nature of her songbook—and in particular her most recent record, Are We There, an album mostly about the heartbreak of being a touring artist—the shows weren't that depressing. How could they be, really, coming from a performer ...
Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”
Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG,
the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping,
begins by practically daring the listener to conti
Sharon Van Etten’s life is a highway. She wants to pull over.
When Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returned from a grueling yearlong stint touring behind her 2012 album, Tramp,
she was physically and emotionally spent. She promised her boyfriend
Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time.
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
[POST-INDUSTRIAL] London’s Factory Floor is a
manufacturer that has fully embraced cottage industry over mass
production. Forging some of the harshness of industrial with a lightness
Like so many others, this voyage of discovery begins with a game of Ms. Pac-Man.
I’d lost, again, and decided to regroup by ridding my body of the PBR
that was surely affecting my game. Instead