The MusicfestNW Superlatives

The best of MFNW, from Girl Talk's trash to Future Island's dance moves to Haim's bass face to Stephen Malkmus's shorts.

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Music
Seasons change, and sometimes, so do music festivals. MusicfestNW kicked off its newer, slimmer era last weekend, going down to Tom McCall Waterfront Park and spending two blistering hot summer days next to the Willamette River. It’s hard for us to comment on the festival without seeming a little biased, but we have to say that, after all the online shouting over the new format, it was, overall, ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

How Girl Talk's Gregg Gillis went from arthouse flop to hosting the party of a generation


MFNW 2014
Gregg Gillis is used to arguing about music—just not at dinner. But the waiter at this old-school Steel City Italian restaurant insists. “Is Pittsburgh really a rap city?” the waiter ask   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Willamette Weekend: 13 Things To Do In Portland, Aug. 15-17

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Features
Friday, Aug. 15 Bad Movie Nite [MOVIES] Film nerd Scott Hammond spent his early years bathing in the glow of late-night TV. Watered-down sex, violence and schlock bombarded his young brain while Mom, sleeping nearby, remained oblivious to such basic-cable titillation. Now 32 and perfectly capable of renting films like Chopping Mall and Frankenhooker without getting grounded, Hammond dedicates ...   More
 
Friday, August 15, 2014 WW Culture Staff

How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide


MFNW 2014
On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Stream The Week: MFNW After-Party Edition

A playlist-assisted guide to this weekend's MusicfestNW shows beyond Waterfront Park.

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Music
Friday August 15th Dr. Martens presents MFNW Opening Party with Killer Mike, Ural Thomas & The Pain  [ATLIEN] Michael Render is not a subtle man. The Atlanta rapper- better known as Killer Mike is hard to miss, both in stature and rhetoric. His most recent solo release, 2012’s R.A.P. Music, marked the beginning of a beautiful bromance with Brooklyn beat maestro El-P (see: Run the ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2014: Welcome to MusicfestNW

August 16-17 at Waterfront Park


MFNW 2014
Calling all yacht-rockers, Big Floaters and hobo pirates: MusicfestNW is taking it to the river. Finally. It’s a move several years in the making. The 15-year-old urban music festival—one of t   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: The Essential Spoon Playlist

The 12 most crucial songs from rock’s most consistent band.


MFNW 2014
It’s possible—and probably correct—to say that Spoon is the most consistent, if not the outright best, rock band of the last 20 years. Since forming in Austin in 1993, the group, led by si   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Food and Drink Near MusicfestNW

MusicfestNW allows re-entry. Here’s how to use this privilege.


Food Reviews & Stories
Did you eat at past editions of MusicfestNW? It’s hard to remember. Maybe, while scurrying between venues, you were able to stuff a burrito down your gullet. Maybe you waited until the house l   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KATHERINE MARRONE

My Top Five MFNW Dream Bookings—Alive Or Dead

by Trevor Solomon


Top 5
The ReplacementsIt just didn’t work out this year. But I saw them in ’91. “I Will Dare” was the first song, and they played 2½ hours. I have “Unsatisfied” tattooed on my arm. Hüsk   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2014: Eight Awesome Things About MFNW—That Aren’t Music

The art, food and exfoliation to sample between bands.


MFNW 2014
It might seem counterintuitive, but MusicfestNW isn’t only about watching a bunch of bands. There’s also breakfast sandwiches to eat, local art to admire and humanitarians to support. It’s   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 KATHERINE MARRONE

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