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MFNW Preview: The Tallest Man on Earth

A solitary songwriter finally enlists a little help from his friends—and makes his richest album yet.

Music Stories
The beauty of Kristian Matsson’s music is that it’s never needed polish. The Swedish singer-songwriter has spent the better part of a decade crafting songs under the Tallest Man on Earth moniker w   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Mic Check: Rhett Miller on Portland

Music Stories
Rhett Miller isn’t one to pass up an opportunity. The Texas-bred musician spent the better half of two decades serving as the charismatic frontman for alt-country stalwarts the Old 97’s, whi   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Top 9 Hikes Around Hood

Rocky climbs that pay off with great views, lush canyons full of waterfalls, and switchbacks on an extinct volcano.

Outdoor Guide
Mount Hood takes all comers. That snow-topped stratovolcano on Portland’s easterly horizon has faces that will chill the bones of seasoned mountaineers, but also plenty of waterfalls easily    More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Tweedy at Crystal Ballroom, 3/14


It’s safe to say Tweedy is very much a family affair—it’s even in the name. What once started out as a solo project of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy has quickly blossomed into a subtler creative endeavor alongside his 18-year-old son, drummer Spencer Tweedy, culminating in an album dedicated to Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother. Despite the disheartening nature of the songs—much of Sukierae ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)

Album Reviews
[FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one    More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

C’mon, Get Happy

Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle cheers up…sort of.

Music Stories
Justin Ringle generally doesn’t see things in black and white. As the lead vocalist and songwriter behind Portland’s Horse Feathers, he’s spent the better part of a decade struggling to ma   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Future Historians

Portrait of Self (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[SHIMMERY FOLK] When Future Historians’ Dave Shur set out to put together his band, he had a single quote in mind: “It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.”    More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Ryan Adams at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Oct. 5


To say Ryan Adams wasn’t always doing so good would be an understatement. The acclaimed singer-songwriter—known most notably for bringing alt-country to the mainstream while fronting Whiskeytown—spent a decent chunk of the mid-2000s on a what seemed to be a solo bender, supporting his drinking habits with a fair amount of cocaine and opiates, while his band, the Cardinals, seem to be ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Hearts of Oak

New England (Deer Lodge)

Album Reviews
[SHOEGAZIN’ COUNTRY] The term “shoegazer country” is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when talking niche music genres, but it remains an apt description of the warped soundscapes an   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)

Album Reviews
[FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under    More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER
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