Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do in Portland, Nov. 29-Dec. 1

The colors and the kids


Friday, Nov. 29 Bridgetown Sextet, Phil Favorite [RETRO JAZZ] As long as we’re entering the season of honoring traditions, how about celebrating the stomping, vintage jazz that was America’s first great contribution to music history? The local Bridgetown Sextet, featuring some of the city’s top jazzers, has lost trumpeter-pianist Andrew Oliver to London but welcomes new trumpeter ...   More
Friday, November 29, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Cut of the Day: "Time Snakes," Sun Angle


Has there been a more hotly anticipated first album by a local band than this Danny Seim-produced debut by Sun Angle? Not for a good long while, I would argue. And for damn good reason too. This trio has been tearing it up on the live circuit for 18 months or more, finding its collective sound and building ample strength along the way. Trying to capture the manic energy of the band's live sets ...   More
Thursday, March 7, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Old Boys’ Club

Shiny new Portland makes Menomena and the Helio Sequence feel very old.

Music Stories
The Helio Sequence and Menomena have a lot in common. Both are made up of Portland-area natives (Beaverton, specifically). Both are signed to...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Headout: Wizard of Moms

Does Menomena’s new album pass the Oz test?

When I heard that Menomena—apparently some big-deal Portland psychedelic rock band—was going to match up its new record, Moms, with laser Floyd...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 RUSTY FEATHERCAP

Top Five Summer Shows In Odd Places

Top 5
The Great Idea, Friday, Aug. 10, at Enchanted ForestIt’s a show in a creepy theme park for kids. And Quasi is playing. Come on, what more do you want?Pop-Up Pool Party, Sunday, Aug. 19, at Portland    More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Upcoming Local Releases We’re Stoked About

Top 5
Golden Retriever, Occupied With the Unspoken (July 24)More majestic electronic craziness from these Thrill Jockey signees. There’s a release show for this one at Holocene on Aug. 1. Raymond Byr   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

Scoop: Craig Thompson Wins an Eisner

Gossip straight from the Gotham Gazette.

INKY GLORY: Portland graphic novelist Craig Thompson won an Eisner Award for “Best Writer/Artist” for his epic 2011 tome Habibi. Presented at San Diego...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Scoop: Van Halen Ain’t Gluten-Free

Roth-Era gossip (without Wolfie).

WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE: Last week, someone dropped what we thought was a box of Voodoo Doughnuts at the WW office. Naturally, it sat for a few hours before anyone opened it. But in the box was s   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Brent Knopf Leaves Menomena to Focus On Ramona Falls and Other Projects

Can't say I didn't see this one coming. This afternoon Menomena announced on its website that multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf—founding member, skilled keyboard player, and the creator of the Deeler looping system used to create all the band's music—is leaving the band to focus on other projects, including Ramona Falls. I hesitate to call Ramona Falls a solo project, because 2009's Intuit ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Danny Seim and Brent Knopf Talk About Knopf's Decision to Leave Menomena


Two weeks ago, we announced—along with the rest of the Internet—that Brent Knopf, one of the three original members of Menomena, was leaving the band to focus on his solo project and on recording a few records for his friends. Since then, Menomena has mostly keep quiet, but both Knopf and Seim were kind enough to answer some of my questions on record about the future of Menomena. Here are ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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