Dropping Gems gives electronic music a human pulse.
When Aaron Meola moved to Portland in
2009, electronic music in America was still the province of
chin-scratching Anglophiles and molly-whopped rave kids. Dubstep’s
infernal wub had not yet in
A former Sun City Girl gets in touch with his inner demons.
[GENRELESS GUITARIST] Any list of the
best guitarists of the last three decades will probably not include Sir
Richard Bishop. Long-haired teens do not headbang in front of a poster
Born: In 1976 in Eugene.
Sounds like: An extremely gifted beatmaker who has a love/hate relationship with his drum machine.
For fans of: Cut Chemist, DJ Shadow, Elliott Smith.
Ain’t no sunshine in this songwriter’s doom-y folk.
[GOTHIC FOLK] It’s raining in Los Angeles, but Chelsea
Wolfe doesn’t mind. “I kind of hate how it’s always sunny here,” says
the lanky, darkly eyelined singer-songwriter, sitting in a co
For prolific experimentalist Pete Swanson, there’s no such thing as a vacation.
Sitting down for coffee in the Ace Hotel lobby, Pete
Swanson is quite a sight. He flew back to Portland the day before,
returning home from New York, where the prolific experimental musician
An EDM lifer talks the past, present and future of electronic music.
[ELECTRONIC] In the past 20 years, there have been at
least three upswings in the popularity of electronic music: the
rave/ecstasy period of the early ’90s; the big-beat and trip-hop
Formed: In 1997 in Battle, East Sussex, England.
Sounds like: A respectful embrace of modestly
attractive thirtysomethings outside a well-scrubbed cafe in drizzling
twilight as patrons mirthlessl
Admit it: You love lists. C’mon, you know you’re reading
every single “Best of 2012” piece, either nodding with the satisfaction
of having your own opinions validated or boiling with anger
We didn’t just sit around listening to records all year. Some of us actually left the house.
Best Show Almost No One Saw: Matthew Shipp Trio It
was quite a surprise to find Jimmy Mak’s not even one-third full for a
rare Portland appearance by powerhouse pianist Matthew Shipp and his