The cruel and unusual—and, ultimately, cathartic—creation of Monica Metzler.
I’m talking to Monica Metzler by phone
from the back of my Forester, where I’m huddled away from the cold in a
makeshift bed. My friend and I had arrived on the coast the day before,
It’s been 22 years since Pavement released Slanted & Enchanted,
the wellspring from which the old guard of music criticism sought irony
over earnestness, detachment over enthusiasm. The most
A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.
Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after
college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa
Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where
he was studyi
Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.
When asking a band to describe its sound,
you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland
five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from
[SOUL-TRONICA] Christopher Taylor, aka Sohn,
is a South London product currently producing, remixing and creating
his own solo material from Vienna. Praise from heavy hitters, along with
Who: Zak DesFleurs.
Sounds like: Bobby Digital—the Jamaican dancehall
producer, not RZA’s alter ego—forging reggaeton riddims amid an
occultist’s dimly lit reptile collection.
For fans o
Sublimate (The Rose)
Like many local crews, Sublimate is the
total package: a label, promotion company, and DJ and artist collective.
Bass is the name of their game, with regulars No Cents, Sonis
Holocene1001 SE Morrison St., 239-7639, holocene.org. 8:30 pm-late Wednesday-Thursday and Saturday, 5 pm-late Friday, hours vary Sunday-Tuesday.As far as clubs go, Holocene is the incumbent champion,
A shape-shifting producer sheds the shoegaze haze—and his band.
When Portland four-piece Anne released its debut, Dream Punx,
in 2011, few could resist throwing the album’s airy, dark pop in with
My Bloody Valentine and the rest of the shoegaze pack. And whi
Soft Metals didn’t move to L.A. for the weather, or to get
closer to the music industry. Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall, the couple
who formed the moody synth duo in Portland in 2009, relocated to