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
[HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s
meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland
three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party
Northwest Classical Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter might as well be called Game of Thrones: Christmas Edition.
Director Elizabeth Huffman has given James Goldman’s play modern
[INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to
know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few
minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.
Y La Bamba’s video for “Ponce Pilato,” released earlier this week, has been a long time in the making—pretty much since the conception of Portland’s newest synchronized swimming group, the Olivia Darlings, actually. Formed in collaboration between the band, Olivia Darlings c...
As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage
Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character
leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to
If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm.
All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any
schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet
smell have to be a little more strategic about things.
Polaris Dance Theatre’s latest show, Hand Picked, is a joy. The show, which opened last night, is diverse and spirited, and the lineup features nine works of contemporary performance chosen by the company’s dancers. Some of the numbers they choreographed themselves, and others are works from local choreographers.
What do you do about the hobos sleeping in the alley
behind your house? It’s a very Portland problem, and one Eugene-based
essayist Laurie Notaro tackles along with other uncomfortable moments o