The cruel and unusual—and, ultimately, cathartic—creation of Monica Metzler.
I’m talking to Monica Metzler by phone
from the back of my Forester, where I’m huddled away from the cold in a
makeshift bed. My friend and I had arrived on the coast the day before,
[AMPS OF DESTRUCTION] Four years ago, Nial McGaughey (pictured) sat down
on his couch and, for no particular reason, decided to build an
amplifier. It wasn’t a totally left-field decision: He we
Songwriter Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinders takes the stage.
After relocating to Portland from San Francisco in 2005 and promptly releasing Troubled Times—one
of the strongest albums to come out of Stumptown in the past decade—it
[DIGITAL JAZZ] It’s hard to fathom that Kieran Hebden has already given his seminal, 11-year-old album Rounds the reissue treatment. In 2003, Four Tet
was the unwitting leader of a long list of
James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.
James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very
popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and
father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back
In 1970, a Republican Oregon governor lured protesting hippies out of town with a state-sponsored music festival (photos)
This month marks the 44th anniversary of Vortex, the
only state-sponsored music festival in U.S. history, which took place at
Milo McIver State Park near Estacada. Author Matt Love, who’ll
Who: Ryan Miller (guitar), Jon Scheid (bass), Phil Cleary (drums).
Sounds like: Steve Albini, Rick Froberg and Damon
Che soundtracking a disjointed art film about speed freaks careening
Portland sample-splicers weave philosophy with comic books and porn.
With so many varied projects, Emil Amos finds himself
guzzling coffee just to keep up. Every group he’s involved with, he
says, pulls from sources of Eastern inspiration, both melodically and
Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.
If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the
most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it
is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth
A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.
Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after
college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa
Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where
he was studyi