How to grow a punk band: play basements, record with Steve Albini, impress Garbage.
If there were a “right way” to make it as a punk band,
Screaming Females would be a prime example. Being from New Brunswick,
N.J.—a bona fide Mesopotamia of the East Coast DIY scene—cert
Meet Canada’s greatest music journalist. Seriously.
“Is this dude for real?”
That’s the common
reaction most people have upon seeing “guerrilla journalist” Nardwuar
the Human Serviette for the first time. It’s a fair question. Dressed
Seattle surfer grrrls ride a dreamy wave of retro.
[NORTHWEST BEACH MUSIC] La Luz is a study in contrast. The
Seattle quartet melds ’60s girl-group harmonies with boys-club surf
guitar, and the band’s buzz-garnering debut 2012 EP, Damp Face,
Portland’s Woolen Men graduate from tapes to vinyl. Is world domination next?
Stuffed into a booth at My Father’s Place, the three men
who make up the Woolen Men wear serious expressions as they talk about
touring and their place in the continuum of Portland’s punk- and
While the rest of Alberta Street grows up, the Know has become Portland’s mecca for punk and hard rock.
The Know’s barroom half is a ramshackle container for
cheap beer. Its restrooms appear to idolize CBGB’s storied stalls. The
adjoining show space might as well be a basement. The club’s ro