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MusicfestNW 2014: The Antlers

Peter Silberman invites the world into his bedroom.


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In 2009, Brooklyn trio the Antlers released Hospice, a sobering concept album equating a decaying relationship with terminal illness. It was a quiet, intelligent record constructed from orchestral   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARK STOCK

MusicfestNW 2014: EMA

Erika M. Anderson fills the void of the internet era with noise—and fake palm trees.


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Considering her predilection for unironic lyrics about “the innerwebz,” one would think the harsh binary static that opens The Future’s Void is Erika M. Anderson’s nihilistic anti-statemen   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW 2014: How I learned to Stop Hating Pop and Start Loving Haim.

How I learned to stop hating pop and start loving Haim.


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I never thought I had it in me to appreciate Haim. Like most bored Midwestern kids born in the ’80s, I found punk rock at a young age and presumed that the part of my brain capable of apprecia   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW 2014: Run the Jewels

Hip-hop’s most dynamic duo fights the power.


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Maybe hip-hop duo Run the Jewels are like the new Avengers, marauding to improve civilization. Or maybe it’s just a couple of guys who get along really well.  Either way, they’re a fo   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

MusicfestNW 2014: Phantogram

Hearing voices, seeing visions, making big beats.


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The members of Phantogram used to make music for the movies playing in their heads. Now they write songs for actual movie stars. “Bill Murray,” from the electro-pop duo’s lavish new album, V   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: The Essential Spoon Playlist

The 12 most crucial songs from rock’s most consistent band.


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It’s possible—and probably correct—to say that Spoon is the most consistent, if not the outright best, rock band of the last 20 years. Since forming in Austin in 1993, the group, led by si   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

MusicfestNW 2014: Show Previews


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Landlady(pictured above)With forays into Afrobeat, “zombie jazz” and psychedelic soul on his résumé, alongside stints with Vampire Weekend and Twin Shadow, Adam Schatz is like the Brooklyn   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2014: Tune-Yards

How Portland discovered the eccentric genius of Merrill Garbus.


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Merrill Garbus is a rock star—as much of a rock star as someone who makes tribalist art-funk can be, at least. The three worldly, off-center albums she’s released as Tune-Yards—including thi   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Fucked Up

How punk’s most progressive band brought itself back to life—at least for now.


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Rumors of Fucked Up’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, most of all by the members of Fucked Up. Coming off the road for its most ambitious achievement, the 2011 double album David Comes to    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide


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On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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