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Geography Of Dance

Local dance party saves world music from an uncool death.

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At 3 years old this week, Atlas is the longest-running dance party in the history of Holocene, a club that's historically limited itself to the musical oeuvre of the Western hemisphere. But a couple o ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Michael Byrne

Unpacking Three Years

WW music editor Mark Baumgarten says farewell to Portland.

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This column—my last for this newspaper—is being written on a laptop owned by Willamette Week. It was lent to me by my employer for my tenure as the music editor of the largest alternative ...   More
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Pay It Forward

John Vecchiarelli has long been giving to Portland's music community; now it's time for him to get some.

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"John's eyes don't close, and so he's been losing a lot of sleep," explains Adam Shearer. "And that is really bad." Shearer, frontman for local folk-rock band John Weinland, is detailing some of the m ...   More
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Amy Mccullough

The Mellowing Of Meloy

The Decemberists lead man talks about the joys of letting go.

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Colin Meloy has come a long way from his days as a young songwriter penning fanciful songs in the Oak Street Building in Industrial Southeast Portland. At that time, around the turn of the millennium, ...   More
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Janus Figures

On The Crane Wife, the Decemberists introduce a powerful musical performance, and some lifeless characters.

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The first four lines that Colin Meloy released as a Decemberist, on 2002's Castaways and Cutouts, are perhaps his most powerful. "My name is Leslie Ann Levine," he sang over a simple guitar strum. "My ...   More
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Grown Up Wrong

The SLiP iTs might be too old and too punk to play in Portland. But to do otherwise would suck shit.

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"The Northwest doesn't have too many bands that we really like," explains David Hoffmann, the softspoken guitarist, songwriter and all-around point man for Portland's punk-rock sweethearts, the SLiP i ...   More
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Sam Soule

A Cautionary Tale

Heroes and Villains gets serious and aims high on its debut, Turn Your Swords. That's the problem.

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"The Setup," the first track on Heroes and Villains' debut, Turn Your Swords, introduces the listener to a character by way of the midrange harmonies of vocalists Adam Raitano and Maranda Dabel. "He's ...   More
Wednesday, September 20, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Brothers Eric and Evan Mast have helped shape American electronic music. WW finds out what shaped them.

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Ratatat, arguably, has been one of the biggest blow-up cult bands of the past couple years, with its infectious layered guitars and beatsmithing snagging a spot in every hipster's iPod from Williamsbu ...   More
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 Michael Byrne

Making Musicfest

Executive Director Trevor Solomon explains the ups and downs of putting together one awesome weekend of music...and gives a few recommendations, too.

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As MusicfestNW's executive director (for the first time), my task this year was to continue emphasizing great local and regional acts, but also to make a unique name for the festival. And let me tell ...   More
Wednesday, September 6, 2006 WW Editorial Staff

Freedom Has Come and Grown

The legendary Vashti Bunyan's first U.S. appearance sparks a festival in P-town.

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In 35 years, Scottish free-folk icon Vashti Bunyan released only two albums: 1970's Just Another Diamond Day and last year's Lookaftering. For three decades, she was barely heard from, living in relat ...   More
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 Michael Byrne
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