Festival Review: The MusicfestNW Superlatives

All the best stuff we heard and saw through the haze at Portland's last music festival of the summer.

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Well, Portland still loves Modest Mouse, it seems.  In the waning hours of MusicfestNW—which, consequently, represented the final hours of this long, hot music festival season in general—a few thousand "human turds" collected near the Morrison Bridge for Isaac Brock and company's first local show since Brock went on Polish television to declare his adopted hometown a giant soul toilet, and ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

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.

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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

Festival Review: The Project Pabst Superlatives

Unicorns, twin drummers, Kelsey Grammer, M.I.A. rappers and everything else we heard, saw and possibly hallucinated at the hottest festival of the summer yet.

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More like Project Pass Out From Heat Stroke, right? For both days of the second annual Project Pabst, the weather—the brutal, unrelenting, nigh-on inescapable, nearly 100-degree weather, to be specific—was the No. 1 trending topic both onstage and off, from the mostly shade-deprived Zidell Yards to the punishingly muggy Crystal Ballroom. Yes, there are few things as insufferable as Portlanders ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Festival Review: The What The Festival Superlatives

The most turnt moments from the annual four-day rave in the woods of Eastern Oregon.

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It must be a good sign that What the Festival booked fewer big names than ever but sold out for the first time this year. On the unseasonably temperate weekend of June 19-22 at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, Ore., some 6,000 festies bought into the festival-as-experience rather than headliners-as-festival—and I was one of them. Disappointing performances from some large-type names on the bill (I’m ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Here's Your PDX Pop Now! 2015 Lineup

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Well, hey there, PDX Pop Now lineup. Fancy seeing you here. Now in its 12th year, the annual local music festival is, as always, a snapshot of the Portland music scene at this moment. It's hard to identify the headliners among this group, but it speaks to how wide-open the landscape is right now: Every act has a chance to rule the weekend.  Stylistically, there's a little bit of everything, ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Festival Review: The Sasquatch Superlatives

The best things we saw and heard at the annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza.

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While Sasquatch remains the most mellow of the upper-tier North American gatherings, each passing year finds the festival at odds with the region’s formerly rockist tendencies, casting the widest net possible in hopes of getting anyone and everyone in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on the grass with a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita in their hands. Plenty of bands who make a ruckus with guitar, bass ...   More
 
Friday, May 29, 2015 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW Announces 2015 Lineup

Modest Mouse, Beirut, Belle and Sebastian, Twin Shadow, Danny Brown and more coming to Waterfront Park in August.

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Well, here it is: Your MusicfestNW lineup. I know, I know: "The festival's changed, man." But while it's definitely downsized, there's still a ton to like about what's coming to Waterfront Park in August. Modest Mouse, Beirut, Foster the People and Belle and Sebastian are the big names, but as usual, the true highlights are in the undercard: Danny Brown, Battles, Lady Lamb, Beat Connection, Strand ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 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

Festival Review: Treefort 2015

Scenes from the fourth installment of Boise's biggest week.

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For a fourth year festival, Treefort is pretty mature. Over a five-day stretch, some 400 bands play about a dozen venues throughout downtown Boise, from impromptu outdoor stages to small clubs and arcades. The lineup is strong, the organization is admirable and, perhaps most importantly, the city loves to play host. The result is a fishbowl scenario wherein bands and fans are constantly running ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MARK STOCK

Treefort Announces Complete Lineup

BadBadNotGood, Black Milk, the Range and more added to bill that already included TV On the Radio, Omar Souleyman, Trampled By Turtles and a ton of bands from Portland, Boise and Seattle.

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Earlier this week, Sasquatch revealed its 2015 lineup. Now, we've got the full Treefort lineup. Now in its fourth year, the miniaturized South By Southwest, which takes in Boise, Idaho, a.k.a. "the Next Portland," takes a while to roll out the complete list of bands who'll be playing at venues around the city, simply because there's so damn many of them. Back in December, the festival announced ...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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