Live Review: Refused at Doug Fir, 5/29


Author’s note: I hate writing live reviews, but WW Music Editor Matt Singer got me into this really expensive show for free so I promised I’d write one. It is written as a stream-of-consciousness sort of thing and I don’t really care if you read it or not.There’s really only one barometer for a band’s success in live performance, and that’s “Did the crowd go apeshit?” Tonight it did. ...   More
Saturday, May 30, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Show Preview: Torres, Aero Flynn at Doug Fir Lounge

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[STORIES FROM THE CITY] Mackenzie Scott doesn’t take things lightly. The singer-songwriter, who records under the name Torres, has written one of the most intense, unflinching albums of the year   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bridgetown Diary, Day 2: "Yes, I need a ride home."


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I may have made a huge mistake. It's so nice out that I started drinking homebrewed pilsner at 1pm, while watching the Timbers womp Montreal. It's now 7:23 pm, and I am sitting in a tent outside a mediocre burger joint, nursing a pre-hangover beer called DJ Jazzy Hef. Also, I cut my hand on a chair at the weird part where the legs and the plastic connect. I put two Wolverine Band-Aids on it. They appear ...   More
Sunday, May 10, 2015 PARKER HALL

Welcome to Bridgetown 2015

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Bridgetown Comedy Festival, in all its drunken stumbling and standup glory, has arrived. The annual comedy fest takes over the heart of inner Southeast May 7-10. Expect a steady infusion of comics and fans, five PBRs in, who think they are comics. Locals, including some of our past Funniest 5, join headliners like Jonathan Katz, The Simpsons writer Dana Gould, The Daily ...   More
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Live Review: Waxahatchee and Girlpool at Doug Fir Lounge, 5/1


Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield is incredibly confident. Or slightly mad. Or just a remarkably generous music fan who wants to bless people with glittering pop pleasure even when she’s not on stage. Whatever her motivation, Crutchfield’s tour in support of last month’s Ivy Tripp betrays real bravery, for she has chosen to take the extraordinary Girlpool on the road with her, and I can’t ...   More
Monday, May 4, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Prepare Yourself for Bridgetown Comedy Fest 2015


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You have exactly one week to prepare your liver for Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Every year in May, armies of well-liquored fans and aspiring comedians overrun Southeast Portland for four days (or nights, rather) of open mics, headlining shows like the 20th anniversary of Dr. Katz, and the really funny shit that happens on drunken walks from the Doug Fir to Revolution Hall. Expect live coverage ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Countdown to Bridgetown: Kate Berlant, the Stoned Philoso-comic


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The Bridgetown Comedy Festival is only six days away. Then you get four chances to see Kate Berlant deliver a very different kind of observational comedy.Kate Berlant is a megalomaniac self-help guru. She’s a stoned philosophy major who’s cornered you at a party. She's an existentialist-poet. She’s a futurist with an edge of Borscht Belt — which is to ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Last Week Live: The Helio Sequence at Doug Fir Lounge, 4/13

helio sequence at doug fir

Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of Helio Sequence have been at it for almost 20 years now, turning out textured electro-rock that sounds much more like the work of a quartet than a duo. On April 13, the Hellio Sequence again proved their ability to multitask, Weikel punishing his drum kit in perfect time and running samples while Summers juggled the guitar, harmonica and crisp vocals. The pride ...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 MARK STOCK

Jessica Pratt: Sunday, Feb. 22, at Doug Fir Lounge

It’s oh so quiet.

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Jessica Pratt has to be sick of talking to reporters. The L.A. singer-songwriter put out her self-titled debut in 2012, after her friend Tim Presley of psychedelic garage rockers Darker My Lov   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 CRIS LANKENAU

Doug Fir Cancels Show Over Use of Racial Stereotypes in Promotional Art


A dance party scheduled to take place tonight at Doug Fir Lounge has been canceled by the venue following an online uproar over the use of racial stereotypes in the artwork being used to promote the event. As first reported by our news partners at KATU, the show, dubbed "Magic Mall" after a famous Orlando, Florida, flea market, was set to feature several styles of Southern club music. The flier, ...   More
Friday, November 28, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER


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