A weed-scented, hip-hop crime drama, with an ’80s sound and a ’90s soul.
A suburban upbringing leaves
lasting and vivid impressions that rival those produced by even the
dankest of joints. Matthew Gonzales can testify. The Portland producer,
known as both Lawz Spoken
Formed: In 1969 in San Mateo, Calif.
Sounds like: The history of popular music and
modern art as viewed through a funhouse mirror, with aspects coming into
focus then warping out of proportion.&n
Eight Portland music video directors you need to know.
Twenty years ago, it used to be that only Axl Rose and
Michael Jackson could afford to make music videos that looked like
glorified short films. Now, with the advent of the Internet and
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