[PUSHING POP] It seems like a River Styx reference is right there. Portland-based Sara Jackson-Holman opens her latest EP, River Queen,
with the line, “Take me with you when you go to the dept
Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time.
It’s not necessarily a reconstitution of New Orleans’
Congo Square—that trading spot where, back in the early 20th century,
African, European and indigenous cultures got jumbled up and spat
HIP-HOP] Collaborations with the bat-shit Awol One and Oldominion’s
Sleep set transplanted Portlander Josh Martinez on firm experimental
footing. But in his case, it’s more a min
[CLASHING ROBOTS] This is all a horrible, chemical dream,
from the savage drumming to the woozy electronic manipulations. After
releasing Triangulum Australe a few years ago, the duo of Caitlin
[PLATINUM IMPROV] It’s not whether these sounds are fitted
together right, it’s just that they’re fitted together. Golden
Retriever, comprising locals Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet and M
Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.
A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt
imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and
confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug
One society’s junk is L’Orchestre d’Incroyable’s folk music.
Traipsing through a Technicolor conception of our
generation’s Old Weird America, some trashed would-be troubadour crops
up with a pair of suspenders helping keep his pants at about waist