Festival Review: The Pickathon Superlatives

The best jazz workouts, face-melting guitar solos, soulful star turns and uber-obscure basketball jerseys we saw through the dust at Portland's best li'l music festival.


In many ways, Pickathon doesn’t deserve the slander of being called a “music festival.” Its ambitions are too humble, the setting too serene, the aftermath too non-apocalyptic. Even after 17 years, national press attention and gushing appraisals from multiple artists, it’s resisted the temptation to expand beyond sustainability nor give in to corporate sponsorship. The worst thing you can ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Giant Steps

The epic rise of Kamasi Washington.

Music Stories
The common link between some of the past year’s most acclaimed albums is a bearded, tunic-wearing saxophonist from Inglewood, Calif. If you’ve heard recent records from Flying Lotus and Kendrick L   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 PARKER HALL

Five Must-See Acts at Pickathon

Top 5
1. Leon Bridges Retro soul is played out, but this kid’s brand—more Sam Cooke than Motown—is so authentic it’s like he stowed away in Doc Brown’s DeLorean after the Enchantment Under t   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia To Film a Full Episode at Pickathon

Fred and Carrie to be joined on the main stage by "incredible special music guest."


Put a bird on Pickathon! Or something! Sorry, I haven't paid attention to Portlandia for a long time, so I'm not up to date on the catch phrases. Regardless, the apparently still-ongoing sketch-comedy show—which was just nominated for two Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Sketch Series—has announced that it will be filming an entire episode at the annual not-quite-roots-music festival out in ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Pickathon's Full 2015 Lineup Announced: Updated

Now with Cloud Nothings, Ex Hex, King Tuff , Thundercat and more.

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Last year, Pickathon, Portland's best small-scale music festival, seemed to learn a valuable lesson. After flirting with bigger-name headliners, the festival went back to a broader lineup of mostly smaller acts, interspersing Pitchfork-approved indie-rockers with the Americana artists that once made up the bulk of the weekend, and seemed to find a new audience. As I said in our report on the 2014 installment, ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear songs from Portland artists this week.


Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. New Move, “When Did We Stop?” New Move released its “When Did We Stop?” single on March 22, along with two bonus cuts and remixes of each. This song embodies much of what New Move has been about to date—clean, ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Pickathon Superlatives

From Angel Olsen and Diarrhea Planet to shirtless bros, feral children and fried chicken buns, here are the best things we heard, saw and consumed at Pickathon 2014.


“There are a lot of music festivals,” said Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts early into his band’s set amongst the trees of Pendarvis Farm, “but there’s only one Pickathon.” The slacker affect of his voice may have muddled his sincerity, but there’s no arguing against the truth of that statement. Pickathon is truly one of a kind—to the point that it probably doesn’t even deserve to ...   More
Thursday, August 7, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland, August 1-3


Friday, Aug. 1Mt. Hood Jazz Festival [JAZZ] This year’s slimmed-down edition of the long-running Mt. Hood Jazz Festival kicks off with Friday night’s free round robin featuring four local combos, each at a different restaurant on Main Avenue in downtown Gresham. Saturday’s schedule begins around noon with a local all-star lineup featuring Javier Nero, John Nastos and other Portland jazz ...   More
Friday, August 1, 2014 WW Culture Staff

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

Music Stories
If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pickathon Announces Its First 2014 Artists

UPDATE: Full lineup (more or less) complete.


Yesterday, Pickathon—the annual roots-ish music festival held out just outside Portland at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley—announced that this year's festival would take place Aug. 1-3. They also revealed that, in celebration of its 16th edition, they will be gradually rolling out the lineup over the next 16 days, beginning…today! And apparently, they're going in reverse alphabetical ...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER


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