Live Review: Laura Gibson at the Old Church, 6/13


It hasn’t been the easiest year for Laura Gibson. The Portland musician moved to the Big Apple last fall to pursue a master’s in creative writing. Almost instantly, she broke her foot. A few months later, her apartment complex burned to the ground—something Gibson refers to as “a bit of a setback.”  Away from the chaos and back in Portland on June 13, playing a solo set of mostly new ...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 MARK STOCK

Laura Gibson Postpones Portland Show In Wake of New York Apartment Fire

An online relief effort for the singer-songwriter has already doubled its goal.

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As you've likely already seen, Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson's New York apartment was the victim of a gas line explosion in the East Village on March 26 that collapsed two buildings and killed two people. Though she escaped unharmed, Gibson, who moved to the city last year to attend grad school at Hunter College lost nearly all her possessions, including lyrics for a new album and a musical ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Laura Gibson

Moments before her apartment caught fire, Laura Gibson spoke about singing into New York’s noise.

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Her first week in New York, on the way to her first classes in the creative writing program at Hunter College, Laura Gibson stepped off a curb and broke her foot. To some, that would register as   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Stream The Week

A guide to the week's best concerts (plus a playlist) for Sept. 10-16


Want to see some live music? Below, you'll find our picks for the best concerts coming through Portland this week, along with a Spotify playlist of representative songs from each artist. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10 The Baseball Project, Dressy Bessy, Zeus [TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME] Baseball has always been a sport that draws a very passionate fan base, and sorta-local rock supergroup the Baseball ...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Portland Exceptionalism

The best local albums of 2012.

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Admit it: You love lists. C’mon, you know you’re reading every single “Best of 2012” piece, either nodding with the satisfaction of having your own opinions validated or boiling with anger   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Ben Mason

Acapulco: Volume 2—Pdx (Self-Released)

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[VOX HUMANA] I don’t envy any new artist trying to get themselves noticed these days. Unless they’re packing some major-label heat, the only way to crack the full-to-bursting head and hard-dri   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM

The Lion and the Lamb

Laura Gibson learns a few lessons from rock ‘n’ roll...and basketball.

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Laura Gibson seemed an unlikely candidate to show a beastly side when she competed in And And And’s basketball tournament last year. The slender, soft-spoken singer-songwriter is known for swa   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Laura Gibson, "La Grande," La Grande (Barsuk)


Acclaimed Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson's last album, 2009's Beasts of Seasons, was a somber, dew-soft meditation on death. By comparison, "La Grande," the title song that opens her forthcoming fifth record, is a party track. With its galloping rhythm, purposely devised to evoke the sound of horses pounding across a dusty plain -- the album is grounded thematically in the American West and ...   More
Thursday, November 17, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Videos: Laura Gibson, iAME, Burning Yellows, Parson Red Heads

Indoors, Outdoors and Everywhere Between

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Just four videos today, none of which feature any special effects. Laura Gibson, "Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed"I thought I had tired of all those "playing a song out in public" videos that La Blogothèque wrought years ago, but this one from Mason Jar Music—a creative take on what may be my favorite track from Laura Gibson's forthcoming record, La Grande—is shockingly beautiful. It feels pretty standard ...   More
Friday, September 16, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Nick Jaina and His Women

The Portland songwriter steps away from the mic to find his calling.

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A track-by-track breakdown of Nick Jaina's new album, The Beanstalks that Brought Us Here Are Gone.   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER


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