Video Roundup: Weather Machine! Sassparilla! Radiation City! Mndsgn!

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Images for your eyes, ears, noise and throat. Take it—it's good for you. It's cold and flu season, after all. The Weather Machine, "Back O'er Oregon" How did Slater Smith of Portland folk group the Weather Machine spend 2013? Visiting every friggin' state park in Oregon. As you might guess, that's a lot of damn parks. And just in case you don't believe him, he's made a video to prove he actually ...   More
 
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Matthew Singer

Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)


Album Reviews
[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Out of Print

So much music. So little page space. Here are some shows we missed in this week's print edition.

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Wednesday, May 15 White Fang, Colleen Green, Heavy Hawaii, Comaserfs [PUNK] Spazzy Portland punks White Fang headline this showcase of West Coast basement-party upstarts. Make sure to get there early for San Diego surf-wavers Heavy Hawaii and, especially, L.A.'s Colleen Green, whose dreamy bedroom pop-punk plays like a stonier version of Best Coast. Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Zombies (G_Force Remix)," Radiation City featuring TxE

Also, watch a short film about how this collision of Portland indie-pop and indie hip-hop came about.

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Radiation City's anticipated second album, Animals in the Median, comes out next Tuesday on Tender Loving Empire (currently streaming here), but the indie-exotica ensemble revealed a surprise today: The record will be supplemented, on June 18, by A Different Animal, a remix album featuring collaborations with hip-hop artists both local and national, including Sapient, Illmaculate, SoCal's ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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

Photo Review: Best New Band Showcase

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Words by Casey Jarman, photos by Inger Klekacz.I'm not usually one to play favorites (is that a funny thing for a critic to say?), but this year's Best New Band showcase had to have been my favorite of all-time. Maybe that's because I went into it not having seen Onuinu or Pure Bathing Culture—both of whom were really, really good—in concert. Or maybe it was because this bill, against ...   More
 
Monday, May 14, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Radiation City

Cool Nightmare (Tender Loving Empire)


Album Reviews
[FUTURE POP] I don’t think the members of Radiation City are perfectionists, but together they make some perfect pop music. The Portland quintet’s live shows sound like elaborately produced st   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Photo Review: Youth Lagoon with Wild Ones, Radiation City, Pure Bathing Culture and Pegasus Dream at Doug Fir, 1/21

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So this was supposed to be a review of much buzzed-over indie-pop artist Youth Lagoon's first-ever Portland show at the Doug Fir...but then the weather happened. Long story short, the dude was forced to cancel. Never fear, though. In a city like this one, it's pretty easy to round up a few awesome local bands -- just stick your head out the window and yell, pretty much -- and make the show go on. In ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

You’re The Best—Around!

The WW music staff picks their best albums of 2011.


Music Stories
Music Editor Casey Jarman’s top 15 local albums of the year. This was the year Portland came face-to-face with its blossoming, narrowly defined international reputation for “keeping it weir   More
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Radiation City, "Park" (Live on Breakthrough Radio)

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Radiation City's recent record release party at Doug Fir was one of the better local rock shows I've seen in a long time. The quartet plays with plenty of loose passion while keeping both the delicate and complex aspects of its songwriting wholly intact. They seem to me to be a band destined for some very big things. I'm not always right about these things, but my track record isn't horrible, either.Here's ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

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