The world’s foremost party expert stops in Portland.
[PARTY MUSIC] Who could have predicted the longevity of
Andrew W.K.’s career? He sprung into the world a decade ago fully
formed, clad in white T-shirt and white jeans and heartily urging us to
W.C. Beck’s roaring 20s were filled with fireworks and funerals.
In 2009, W.C. Beck’s life got
complicated. All three of his bands imploded within a month of each
other. Then he broke up with his girlfriend. Then his grandparents died.
Then a close childhoo
Because frontman Craig Finn’s voice is the most easily
identified part of his band the Hold Steady’s sound, one might assume
Finn’s new solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes, would sound like
A survey of jazz guitar from Django to the Portland Jazz Festival.
There’s no official theme for this year’s Portland Jazz
Festival. That’s fine: They’re often contrived anyway. Still, the
presence of Seattle’s Bill Frisell and Berkeleyite-turned-Brookl
America never really understood the Darkness. In fairness,
when the band hit stateside in the early 2000s, the country hadn’t seen
a frontman regularly wear spandex unitards since David Lee Roth
Like whiskey, Portland’s James Low is getting better with age.
[COUNTRY] James Low has his proverbial shit together. After years without inspiration—his 2009 The Blackguard’s Waltz
EP was the first release since what Low calls an “awful” 2004 live
There’s one song Lincoln Crockett can’t bring himself to sing.
Alicia Crockett knew something was wrong with her
pregnancy. All the tests said otherwise, that everything was fine, but
she couldn’t shake the overwhelming feeling of unease.
One of indie rock’s stalwart acts finds a rather Grimm calling.
[CONCEPTUAL ROCK] Broken homes are one of
Tim Kasher’s favorite subjects. From the arguments and broken dishes
strewn across Cursive’s masterful 2000 relationship epic, Domestica, to the claus
Portland musicians present and defend their favorite sex jams.
Most Portland musicians don’t want to talk about doing it.
Or so it seemed when we asked dozens of Portland musicians about their
favorite sex songs. Like with so many other topics, it’s all i
Tom Waits gives great advice—if you can understand what he’s saying.
[RELUCTANT POP] When it comes to sagelike figures in rock
’n’ roll, few give off the aura of a bourbon-drunk Dalai Lama more than
Tom Waits. Morgan Geer knows this personally. In 2006, when th