WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.
Blitzen Trapper, VII
A consistently suggestive blend of robust
alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of
genre-roving Americana. (GS)
Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle
[JONESIN’ FOR GEORGE] The late George Jones was a troubled
man. By the 1970s, the country great was known as much for his
crippling addictions, visits to the psych ward, occasional high-speed
[FOLKISH PSYCH POP] Nineteen seconds of bright, delicate
guitar strums and the warbling cry of the Great Northern Loon is one way
to start an album. It’s fitting, though, given that the Parson R
[RUST-BELT POP ROCK] Quiet Life’s “San Luis Obispo” is a
carefree slice of twanged-out Americana, bustling with tight,
countrified swagger and Tom Petty-ish guitar. It exemplifies the
[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its
career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now.
But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its
“You guys must be super cold and wet, while we’re standing here comfortable and dry,” remarked the National frontman Matt Berninger, moments into the band’s sold-out set at Edgefield. It was appropriate, given the densely overcast sky and punctuated pitter-patter of gentle rain, but it wasn’t disheartening. The Portland summer, however, is gone—and the band’s two-hour set gave only...
No one wants to read that pounding two tablets of ibuprofen after the Big Float could cause severe stomach bleeding. Nor do I want to read any prescription label highlighting the laundry-list of potential hazards that might ensue — drowsiness, headaches, death — if I use any run-of-the-mill pain reliever. I’ve never, however, read a drug label warning me of my potential for spontaneou...
We don’t often get excited about an ominous black cloud barreling toward us on the horizon. Luckily, it’s not a rolling, rain-on-your-parade cumulus cloud I’m referring to, but Black Cloud, the first full-length from bluesy Portland quartet Tango Alpha Tango.
The dirty, electrified outfit has been busy prepping i...
A Texas-born comedian becomes Portland’s funniest person.
Comedy and Variety
Nearly seven years ago, comedian Shane
Torres thought the best joke in his arsenal was the first one he’d ever
written. Apparently the open-mic patrons at the Hungry Tiger Too didn’t
A So-Cal transplant who’s never surfed boards the Gorge.
There’s a moment of calm before it takes me. I stand
stagnant on the deck of the board as it gradually coasts atop the water
and my body gently trembles from a sense of eagerness. I’m not quit