MusicfestNW 2014: EMA

Erika M. Anderson fills the void of the internet era with noise—and fake palm trees.

MFNW 2014
Considering her predilection for unironic lyrics about “the innerwebz,” one would think the harsh binary static that opens The Future’s Void is Erika M. Anderson’s nihilistic anti-statemen   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW 2014: Fucked Up

How punk’s most progressive band brought itself back to life—at least for now.

MFNW 2014
Rumors of Fucked Up’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, most of all by the members of Fucked Up. Coming off the road for its most ambitious achievement, the 2011 double album David Comes to    More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Run the Jewels

Hip-hop’s most dynamic duo fights the power.

MFNW 2014
Maybe hip-hop duo Run the Jewels are like the new Avengers, marauding to improve civilization. Or maybe it’s just a couple of guys who get along really well.  Either way, they’re a fo   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Exit Interview: Trevor Solomon

After nine years, MFNW's Executive Director is stepping down.


If you’ve ever had a blast at MusicfestNW, you have Trevor Solomon to thank. He’s acted as the festival’s executive director since 2006, and his sense for booking strong, diverse lineups has helped grow MFNW into not just Portland’s biggest music festival but one of the great annual events in the entire Pacific Northwest.  This year’s MFNW, happening Aug. 16-17 at Tom McCall Waterfront ...   More
Friday, August 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Girl Talk Vs. Spoon in the NYT: Who Ya Got?

Which MusicfestNW headliner does the New York Times love more?


It's no secret that the New York Times loves pretty much everything concerning the city of Portland—foofy whiskeybar with a ladder? NYTOnIt!—but it's still interesting to see just how much the paper of record loves the headliners of Portland's largest music festival, MusicfestNW.This Sunday's edition of the New York Times Magazine contains a 3,000-word profile of Sunday headliner Spoon, headlined ...   More
Monday, August 4, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

TechfestNW: It's Embarrassing How Good This Is


What do Intel Social Scientist Genevieve Bell, Mike "Dollar Shave Club" Dubin, Nike chief technical officer Chris Satchell, Portland start-up founders Mara Zepeda, Nat Parker and Sam Blackman, tech journalist Kara Swisher, Vox guru Trei Brundrett and Drone master Tad McGeer have in common?  They all will be speaking, along with a number of other luminaries of the start-up and tech scene, at TechfestNW, ...   More
Friday, June 6, 2014 by

Future Islands Wails on the Waterfront


The viciously heartwarming growl of a musical warrior pretty much defines a Future Islands performance. Samuel T. Herring’s stage uniform: black t-shirt, belt and slacks, dark eyes & gentle rage. The Baltimore-born band also includes keyboardist Gerrit Welmers and guitarist William Cashion. After their extrodinary performance on David Letterman in March, their highly anticipated fourth album ...   More
Friday, June 6, 2014 MADELEINE ZUSMAN

Hear the Voices of Phantogram on the Waterfront at MusicfestNW!


Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter transcend musical realms with beautifully interwoven instrumentals and progressive beats. The duo’s composed and striking presence onstage parallels their clean, intentional tracks. Charming the stage, Barthel parades around donning tight pants and an a-line bob, frequently masking her eyes and enhancing the band’s mystique. Their fresh, modern ...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 MADELEINE ZUSMAN

MusicfestNW: Sister Act 3, Back in the Haim


The beautiful 3-headed beast that is Haim (rhymes with time) will let their hair down at MusicfestNW this year. Sisters Este Arielle, Danielle Sari, and Alana Mychal Haim are a flawless musical trio full of delicate glamour, punchy vocals, and smooth, beat-pulsing harmonies. Growing up in L.A., the girls played in their family band Rockinhaim, giving them ...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MADELEINE ZUSMAN

The MusicfestNW 2014 Lineup Is Here!

Girl Talk, Spoon, Haim, Future Islands and more play Waterfront Park, Aug. 16-17


Here it is: The MusicfestNW 2014 lineup.  As previously announced, it's got way less bands than usual, because the festival has shrunken down to two days and will be held exclusively in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. But you know what they say: quality over quantity. And the bill's got quality all over it. Start at the top for both days: Mash-up wizard and MFNW vet Girl Talk headlines Saturday, while ...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER


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