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.

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“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

Photo Review: Willamette Week's Best New Band Showcase at Mississippi Studios, 5/17

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If you ask me, this year's Best New Band showcase, which took place this past Saturday, was the best in a long while. But then, maybe I'm slightly biased. Still, you can't underestimate the difficulty of getting all three of the top acts on the same bill. Last year, which was my first on the job, we had to settle with bands No. 2, 3 and 5—it was still a great show, but there's a particular synergy ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

A Night To Not Remember

Riff raff, supergroups, electro-clash and zombie hunters: The New Year’s Eve shakes.


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Ah, New Year’s Eve, when downtown hotels fill with interchangeable “balls” where 80 bucks grants access to an ’80s band, and your favorite local watering hole charges a $10 cover for the s   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Staff

Soul Revival

Years ago, Ural Thomas rejected the cruelty of the music industry. But the Pain brought him back.


Music Stories
Ural Thomas has lots of stories. He’s been around the block, you might say, even though he’s lived in the same North Portland house—which he claims to have rebuilt himself, using all recycle   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Ural Thomas


Music Stories
Born: In Portland in 1939.  Sounds like: All those new retro-soul singers you love, except Thomas isn’t some Motown-Stax museum installation: He actually lived it, and he’s still living    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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