Portland: Where spaced-out psych-rockers go to retire.
Moving to Portland made Wooden Shjips drummer Omar
Ahsanuddin feel like a kid again. It’s made him live like one, anyway.
“I have a drum set in my basement for the first time since I lived at
Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014.
Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of
birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the
biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red
Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter.
Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens,
Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the
celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit
Entomology and music aren’t exactly natural bedfellows.
For Lisa Schonberg, a drummer and insect enthusiast, that was a
problem. Either her research projects were being interrupted by her
Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten
along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number
of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei
The band that made Fred and Toody Cole Portland punk legends rises again—if just for one night.
Who’s going to tell Fred and Toody Cole they can’t smoke in here?
No one at Mississippi
Studios, certainly. Upstairs in the North Portland music venue’s green
room, the punk-rock power cou
The artists who will dominate Portland dance floors in 2014.
Portland’s indie-rock and folk scenes outshine most other
cities’. This is a universally accepted truth, and something that has
made electronic music a second-class scene. That’s not for wan
WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.
Blitzen Trapper, VII
A consistently suggestive blend of robust
alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of
genre-roving Americana. (GS)
Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle
@ Rose Garden, Jan. 15
The mechanical horse! The three-story
castle! The raw-meat sofa! However bloodless and derivative her music,
La Gaga’s flair for curated scandal does lend its
One society’s junk is L’Orchestre d’Incroyable’s folk music.
Traipsing through a Technicolor conception of our
generation’s Old Weird America, some trashed would-be troubadour crops
up with a pair of suspenders helping keep his pants at about waist