How to blog Portland hip-hop and occasionally alienate people.
A lot of people have heard of 25-year-old Portlander Kenny Fresh. Most don’t know why.
The New Jersey
transplant, creator of music blog FRSH SLCTS, has become a significant
fixture in the Nort
[PATTON POP] Kristen Mystirie Calderon, a club hostess and makeup artist from Los Angeles, does not like Tomahawk’s new single.
your music made me wet—juicy even!” she wro
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,