Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams from Portland’s former mayor-turned-DJ. But as the frontman for his almost eponymous band, Sama Dams, the other Adams has don ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)

Album Reviews [GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Usnea

Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse)

Album Reviews [DOOM METAL] On its self-released debut, Usnea offered a psychedelic nightmare of twisted riffage and effects abuse that set the band a comfortable parsec apart from the Portland metal pack. Sop ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Shadowhouse

Hand in Hand (Mass Media)

Album Reviews [GOTH PUNK] Like so many of its peers in the increasingly crowded post-punk revival tent, Shadowhouse is an unabashed tomb raider. But the Portland quartet knows that you know retrospection is t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Magic Fades

Push Thru (1080P)

Album Reviews [TUMBLR&B] Magic Fades’ Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott have been in the news lately. Maybe you’ve heard about “health goth,” the Internet meme that may or may not be an in-real-life ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Portland Cello Project

To E.S. (Virtual Label)

Album Reviews [POSTMODERN CELLO] Fusing a bastardized concept of chamber music and contemporary forms has always been a hallmark of the Portland Cello Project. On To E.S., its tribute to the late, beloved, ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Rap Class

“Alone” (Dropping Gems)

Album Reviews [TECHNO SHOUT-OUT]  It doesn’t take too long into Rap Class’ new single, “Alone,” to forget about the golden-era hip-hop breakbeat that opens it up. But the techno rhythm and spar ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi ... More

Nov 26, 2014 10:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man avalanche of guitar-driven electronica, operating high atop prefab samples, typically in the form of synthesizers and neatly ironed drums. ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

First Love, Last Rites

What happens after you get what you want?

Here Comes Your Fan Four years ago, I sat, a fresh-faced prospective intern, across from WW’s notoriously cantankerous assistant Arts & Culture editor, Steffen Silvis, and told him I wanted to write about music. He ... More

Jul 23, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Moral Support

Menomena’s Danny Seim steps into the spotlight.

Here Comes Your Fan Some people love to be the center of attention. Danny Seim, best known as drummer and co-songwriter for the awesome, experimental-pop triple-threat Menomena, is not one of those people. He’s bee ... More

Jul 16, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Privileged Information

PIAPTK releases music worth its weight in vinyl.

Here Comes Your Fan Mike Dixon doesn’t cater to just your average nerd. He may be a high-school accounting and introductory computer teacher in nearby Olympia, Wash., but the bespectacled 29-year-old spends just as ... More

Jul 2, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Human Touch

Viva Voce branches out, in sound and number.

Here Comes Your Fan I believe it was the Boss who so eloquently sung the praises of “human touch” back in the ’90s. And though husband-and-wife duo Viva Voce—whose discography includes such mushil ... More

Jun 18, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Rock ’N’ Roll Savior

Remembering Christian music’s unlikely forefather.

Here Comes Your Fan Christian rock is probably the furthest thing from most kids’ minds when considering ways to rebel. But Greg Glover—host of KRNK’s Sunday night program, the Bottom Forty, and founder ... More

Jun 11, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

The Housewife’s Choice

Six reasons why ladies love Sir Tom Jones.

Here Comes Your Fan Tom Jones turns 68 years old this Saturday. Yet, last Thursday at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, women of all ages threw panties at him, squealed with twitterpation and smiled at his every word. E ... More

Jun 4, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Just Like Heaven

Three days of rock boil down to one old fave.

Here Comes Your Fan At the end of the South Park episode where the Cure’s Robert Smith defeats a giant, monstrous Barbra Streisand—she plays “Mecha-Streisand” to his “Smithra” in a bat ... More

May 28, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Alma Matters

A tale of two high-school fundraisers.

Here Comes Your Fan Do-goodery hits us at different times. For 16-year-old Lincoln High student Alden Harris-McCoy, the charitable urge struck when he realized profits from his Curbside Market—a food cart he runs d ... More

May 14, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Soul Man?

Colin Meloy tries his hand, er, voice at Sam Cooke.

Here Comes Your Fan I have a lot of faith in Colin Meloy. The Decemberists frontman is capable of many wondrous things: writing a pop song that casually employs the word “balustrade,” for one; convincingly de ... More

Apr 30, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

The Accidental Venue

Exit Only fills a void in Portland’s all-ages scene.

Here Comes Your Fan Last Monday night, I found myself wandering under the Fremont Bridge’s industrial east side. The block I was pacing—between North Albina Avenue and Tillamook Street, just off the MAX&rsquo ... More

Apr 16, 2008 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

A New Way to Praise

With Deeper Well Records, Evan Way wants to broaden the definition of

Music Stories Not all Christian music is created equal, especially on Deeper Well Records. The label, started by Evan Way of Portland-via-L.A. folk-rock group the Parson Red Heads, was founded to combat the per ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Joyce Manor, Toys That Kill, Drivers

Music Stories [RITALIN ROCK] Between the preening of the Warped Tour and the made-for-Broadway schlock of Green Day’s American Idiot, it’s hard to argue that punk hasn’t taken several hard left turns to d ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Introducing: Burials

Music Stories Who: Benjamin Caragol (guitars, vocals), Adam Wheeler (bass, vocals), Isaac Davis (drums), Fester (guitars). Sounds like: A battle between marauding Viking ships and deadly sea serpents that just w ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

The Big Snap-Back

After a tragedy in its ranks, TV on the Radio is born again.

Music Stories TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek lives by the overarching philosophy of “What if?” What if he had a band that blended all the music he loved, from punk to prog to soul, to the point that ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Tune Yards

Music Stories Portland always knew Merrill Garbus was special. Even before her Tune-Yards project had fully metamorphosed into the high-definition art funk of 2011’s Whokill and this year’s Nikki Nack, the ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Load B

Music Stories Who: Rappers Milc and Brill. Sounds like: A rap-game John Belushi busting into a church party with strippers, guns and a plate of drugs. For fans of: Odd Future, early Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Lice ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Adult Anarchy

White Lung stays punk, even as it outgrows the punk scene.

Music Stories As a remedy for frustration, punk rock works well enough. But at this point, the rote formula of short-plus-fast-plus-loud is most effective as a distraction for adolescents or an analgesic for ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Show Preview: Ryan Hemsworth

Music Stories [POST-GIRL-TALK EDM] During Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s fantastic early-evening set at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival, it was hard to distinguish who in the crowd was on drugs a ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Peaking Lights at Holocene, Dec. 7

A band is like a family, especially when it’s both.

Music Stories Indra Dunis’ touring partners are a bunch of crybabies. They get cranky if they’re in the van too long, never clean up their own messes and sometimes even soil themselves. She puts up with ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

C’mon, Get Happy

Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle cheers up…sort of.

Music Stories Justin Ringle generally doesn’t see things in black and white. As the lead vocalist and songwriter behind Portland’s Horse Feathers, he’s spent the better part of a decade struggling to ma ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Gata Salvaje

A white girl's journey into Portland's Latino stripculture.

Night Avenger Strip clubs are like raindrops in Portland: They're everywhere. And like the rain, stripculture is seemingly indiscriminate, catering to a largely mixed (and mixed-gender) crowd. For anyone to willing ... More

Oct 5, 2005 12:00 am by Karla Starr

BC's American Saloon Outlaws, Legends and Lovers, aug. 17

Club sheds sci-fi veneer, goes where no hipster joint has gone before.

Night Avenger BC's American Saloon Outlaws, Legends and Lovers, aug. 17"I like rocking with the boot-scooting boogie." That's Tabbitha-but call her Tabotage. Loose black tank top, hair whimsically shorn, she's the ... More

Aug 24, 2005 12:00 am by JAY HORTON

Rejection at the City Bar

Welcome to the Real World.

Night Avenger I can't believe it myself. It's as bad as we all think. Inside the newly revamped sports bar downtown called The City, I'm waiting to audition alongside about 400 other idiots/idolaters for MTV's Real ... More

Apr 27, 2005 12:00 am by Morgan "angry Ex-hick Poet" Moody

Daubing the Gap

Night Avenger Some think American youth never associate with their elders. These people have never visited Sunset Bingo.Out on Western Avenue, just past the Dolphin II Gentleman's Club and Fantasy Video, stands a b ... More

Mar 30, 2005 12:00 am by Josey Bartlett

AcciDenTaL JazZ

Night Avenger Koji Okuno is one of a truly rare breed: club owners who are themselves jazz fans, and who want to see the music presented in the best setting possible. That's why the owner of local Japanese restaura ... More

Feb 9, 2005 12:00 am by DAN DEPREZ

LeT iT BeaD

Night Avenger In a city where stripping for a living is considered less offensive than working for Starbucks, the Mardi Gras tradition of trading a glimpse of one's naughty bits for beads seems downright quaint. To ... More

Feb 2, 2005 12:00 am by Cole Cohen

Over Her Dead Body

Night Avenger Last Friday night Lisa Wells stood in the front of more than 60 people and read them an acerbic email her best friend, Esther Barnum Alman, wrote her last year, after the 25-year-old woman found out s ... More

Jan 26, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

We're Not in College Anymore

Night Avenger At the ripe old age of 25, it has already become apparent that I can't party like I used to. My college years of binge drinking and getting off virtually scot-free are gone. The all-day hangover has a ... More

Jan 19, 2005 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Keep It Like a SECRET

Night Avenger People like their hideouts to seem immutable--as if a freak landslide sealed a chamber off from the busy world in 1962 and, by chance or fate, they cleared away the rocky rubble to claim this forgotte ... More

Jan 12, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

HOLLYWOOD and VINO

Night Avenger Once the holiday hangover wears off, January boasts nothing but bills, bank statements and the chilly suspicion that your heat is about to be turned off. Only one street in Portland can assuage such w ... More

Jan 5, 2005 12:00 am by KELLY CLARKE

We are family

How Foureveryoung's family ties allow it to cut the crap.

Riff City When Foureveryoung—the musical project of Loch Lomond's Ritchie Young and his three younger brothers—first booked a show at Mississippi Studios, owner Jim Brunberg said, "I'm not gonna che ... More

Mar 28, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Austin City Limits

Exhausted Portland bands share stories from SXSW.

Riff City Every year, Austin, Tex., is host to literally thousands of bands during the giant annual press conference and music fest that is South by Southwest (SXSW). This year (like most), a good assload of th ... More

Mar 21, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Fucked Up And Beautiful

Living history and moving on with Modest Mouse.

Riff City On "Spitting Venom," perhaps the awesomest track on Modest Mouse's latest, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Isaac Brock sings, "We've got a knack for fucked-up history." You can say that again, ... More

Mar 14, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Broken Record

Riot Cop finds itself in bad company on a new punk comp

Riff City When Riot Cop's Dominic Drumgo saw the booklet for Choke On It—a vinyl compilation of Portland punk that features his band—he treated the record just as he used to treat those by the famou ... More

Mar 7, 2007 12:00 am by Jason Simms

C'mon, Feel The Hair

Revisiting Copy on the eve of his sophomore release

Riff City In the year since Marius Libman— the finely dressed, massively bearded gentleman behind electronic dance project Copy—released his stellar debut LP, Mobius Beard, and took WW's Best New Ba ... More

Feb 28, 2007 12:00 am by Michael Byrne

The Good, the Bad and the Funny

Michael Rockstar gives silliness a good name.

Riff City In the land of what he calls "hyper-expressive" songwriters, Michael Rockstar is an odd bird: a musical comedian. What's more: He's actually pretty funny. It's not necessarily his Adam Sandler-esque f ... More

Feb 21, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

For the price of a cup of coffee...

Meet John Barrios, the Sally Struthers of local music.

Riff City According to its online bio, local record label Love Harder "started out as a slogan after the demise of the American Electoral System." But, over beers at the label's two-year anniversary show this p ... More

Feb 14, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Friends in High Places

How Portland helped All Smiles' Jim Fairchild find his voice.

Riff City Jim Fairchild—best known for playing guitar in now-defunct Modesto, Calif.,-based blip-pop band Grandaddy—lived in Portland for only seven months. But during that short time in 2005, Fairc ... More

Feb 7, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Rebirth Of The Cool

A trio of new owners brings the rock back to Slabtown.

Riff City Slabtown is more than a bar. The name not only denotes a region—Industrial Northwest Portland—it embodies a history: In the 1880s, rich folks used "Slabtown" to refer derogatorily to worki ... More

Jan 31, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

If this ain't the blues..

Local legend Sonny Hess gets a dose of real-life inspiration.

Riff City "Guacamole!" exclaim two women at a local Starbucks. They're not trying to place a special order; local blues legend Sonny Hess and award-winning bass player Lisa Mann (who was greeted by Hess with a ... More

Jan 24, 2007 12:00 am by Amy Mccullough

Double the Blackness!

New releases by Black Angel, Black Heart Procession, The Culottes, Reload and Thalia Zedek.

Sonic Reducer Black Angel Bitter Suite (self-released) Before their long-running weekly gig at Dante's came to an end, Portlanders with a taste for hot-buttered soul could sate themselves regularly with Black ... More

Oct 30, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Treasure + Trash

New albums by Amon Tobin, Beck, Jets to Brazil, Floetry and Radio Zumbido

Sonic Reducer Amon Tobin Out From Out Where (Ninja Tune) Ninja Tune posterchild Amon Tobin delivers yet another collection of complex, confounding and endlessly creative cuts. This time, he inches closer to t ... More

Oct 23, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Bright New Sounds of the Great North West

Fresh-pressed regional product from Badger King, Pete Krebs, Minus the Bear and Sleep of Oldominion.

Sonic Reducer The Badger King The Tongue and Tooth EP (States Rights) Sometimes seeing the Badger King live feels more like being at a karaoke bar than a rock show. It's hard to pin down what, if anything, "pr ... More

Oct 16, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Heat, Insects and Omaha

Canada's Hot Hot Heat, creepy-crawly Tribes of Neurot, Sinéad's wispy misstep and more.

Sonic Reducer Hot Hot Heat Make Up the Breakdown (Sub Pop) Victoria, B.C., is known as a pretty traditional town, a geographically and chronologically unlikely outpost of tea-'n'-crumpet Edwardian Englishness ... More

Oct 9, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Ani, Iron, Glitch-Funk & Trust

Recordings by Ani DiFranco, Iron & Wine, National Trust, Spaceheads and Squarepusher.

Sonic Reducer Ani DiFranco So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Righteous Babe) The album, recorded in "some club in Nantes, France, and that bar in Boise, Idaho, and a few places in between," is a career-spann ... More

Oct 2, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Biblical Fear and COCO, too

Reviews: K Records' lo-fi action, 16 HP's loathing, Green Day's homage, more.

Sonic Reducer COCO The COCO Sound (K) COCO's analog drum-and-bass picks up where Dub Narcotic Sound System starts to get boring (i.e., after the first two minutes of any DNSS song) and offers some heady respi ... More

Aug 7, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Exhumed Undead!

Digging up American Analog Set, The Pixies, Marianne Faithfull, metal and more.

Sonic Reducer American Analog Set Updates EP (Tiger Style) This EP is a collection of two American Analog Set rarities remixed by the band itself, and two remixes each by Her Space Holiday and Styrofoam. HSH pr ... More

Jul 10, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Southern Comfort?

Vastly different sides of Dixie from Antiseen, a Cajun tribute and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Sonic Reducer Antiseen Screamin' Bloody Live (TKO Records) On the night of June 6, 2001, I was torn. Hickoid behemoths Antiseen were set to take the stage at the Ash Street while Dead Moon was over at Satyricon, ... More

Jun 19, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

We've Gone Klezmer Krazy!

Diaspora-a-go-go with Avenue A, Abe Schwartz, Dave Tarras, Frank London and Les Yeux Noirs.

Sonic Reducer Abe Schwartz The Klezmer King (Columbia/Legacy) Les Yeux Noirs Balamouk (World Village) Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars Brotherhood of Brass (Piranha)Abe Schwartz stepped off the boat in ... More

Jun 5, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

7 GOING STEADY

New albums by Bella Fayes, The Decemberists, The Makers and more.

Sonic Reducer The Bella Fayes The Truth in a Beautiful Lie (Secret Decoder)Bella Fayes guitarist-singer Lael Alderman has endured some bruising encounters with the beast that dwells within the music industry. ... More

May 29, 2002 12:00 am by Zach Dundas (editor)

Top Five Boy-Band Solo Albums Not By Justin Timberlake

Top 5 JC Chasez, Schizophrenic (2004) While Timberlake was still in his Off the Wall phase, Chasez—the brooding underwear model to JT’s boy next door—skipped straight to FutureSex/LoveSounds, ropin ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The 11 Best Shows of Doug Fir’s First Decade

By Doug Fir’s bookers.

Top 5 Alicia Rose: Quasi and the Joggers (Oct. 9, 2004) This first night really set the pace for what was to come at Doug Fir. Sam and Janet of Quasi tore it up like they had built the place, and the ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

The Top Five Craziest Records in Afrika Bambaataa’s Collection

by Cut Chemist

Top 5 For their current tour, DJ Shadow and Jurassic 5’s Cut Chemist were given access to hip-hop’s El Dorado: Afrika Bambaataa’s (pictured) massive vinyl collection, which he loaned to Cornell ... More

Oct 1, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Favorite Elvis Costello Songs to Play Solo

by Steve Nieve

Top 5 “(I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea” (This Year’s Model, 1978)Elvis writes killer rhythmic tunes. The Attractions arranged this into a beating stomper that always whips up the crowd. Now I fo ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Reasons Lil Wayne Is Softer Than Drake

Top 5 He’s a pretty good dad.For all the bashing his exes have given him in the media, they all say he’s an attentive (if slightly absent) father. In another five years or so he can start filming ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Top Five Ways To Dress Well…For The Cam’ron Show

Top 5 Wear your finest pink mink coat.Back in the early ’00s, Cam was affectionately known as “Harlem’s Pink Panther” for his collection of oversized outerwear pinker than Bubblicious watermelon ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

My Top Five MFNW Dream Bookings—Alive Or Dead

by Trevor Solomon

Top 5 The ReplacementsIt just didn’t work out this year. But I saw them in ’91. “I Will Dare” was the first song, and they played 2½ hours. I have “Unsatisfied” tattooed on my arm. Hüsk ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Ideal Casting Choices For Characters From Hold Steady Songs

by Craig Finn

Top 5 Matt Dillon and Diane Lane as the couple from “Oaks.” Some of my favorite things ever are the S.E. Hinton books and the movies made from them (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, etc.). Matt Dillon ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Nick Cave’s Top Five Acts Of Violence

Top 5 “Deep in the Woods”  Even back in ’83, Cave was already obsessed with drenching his Southern gothic tales in blood. The finale of the Birthday Party’s Bad Seed EP is a first-person a ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Top Five Guesses As To Why Veruca Salt Is Reuniting

Top 5 To prove the real “Seether” is neither a South African grunge-metal band nor its terrible rendition of Veruca Salt’s original. If a bunch of grunting Creed-alikes stole the name of my hit sin ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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