Formed: In 1993, in Seattle.
Sounds like: Early Green Day without the fat
basslines or affected accents; the Cars without synthesizers; Cheap
Trick without all the heavy sociopolitical commentary
Four Portland artists critique each other’s new albums.
Everyone’s a critic—even artists, who are
predisposed to hating critics. So, with several major Portland albums
dropping Feb. 19, we let the artists do our jobs for us and take a shot
A conversation with Portland’s foremost Soundgarden expert.
If music fandom is measured by the number of times people
have seen their favorite band live, then Matt Reeder is a lousy
Soundgarden fan. He owns 250 bootlegs, all the band’s official releases
Formed: In Little Rock, Ark., in 2008.
Sounds like: A slow march through brimstone fields at the end of time.
For fans of: Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Electric Wizard, Burning Witch, funerals,
The future of hip-hop is living in Seattle. And no, it’s not Macklemore.
[TOMORROW’S HIP-HOP] Like an increasing number of rappers
these days, Tay Sean Brown of Seattle’s Kingdom Crumbs doesn’t listen to
much hip-hop. Not as much as he used to, anyway. Growing up
Meet the man who made a Burnside bar the epicenter for Portland music.
Theo Craig is one of Portland’s biggest music fans.
In January 2012, the
chatty, affable 35-year-old became the sole talent buyer for the free
Sunday Sessions at Rontoms, which have since tran
In 2011, Ruban Nielson created Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It almost killed him.
Ruban Nielson thought he was going to die.
Not in the
metaphorical sense, either: In his first year touring with Unknown
Mortal Orchestra, his blog-approved psych-pop group, the 32-year-ol
Formed: 1993 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Ended Sept. 11, 2001, the day leader Ben Folds’ first serious solo record, Rockin’ the Suburbs,
came out. Re-formed a decade later to record a few songs. Folds,
The wild life and wildlife of Portland’s most extreme visual artist.
Illustrator Halsey Swain speaks in a matter-of-fact,
almost backwoods drawl. Though she has called Portland home for five
years, she was born in Marblehead, Mass., not far from the other Salem.&nb