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Best New Band 2009

Portland’s music scene insiders pick their favorite breakthrough acts of the past year.

Featured Stories
Just when we thought we had it all figured out. If you had come to WW’s music staff any time in the past six months or so and asked us who 2009’s Best New Band poll winner would be, we wou ...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 WW MUSIC STAFF

THE STACK with Derek Fisher and theperfectcyn

The power couple of the Portland DJ scene shakes the shame off.

Music Stories
Derek Fisher and Cynthia Valenti deliver a perfect one-two punch. On any given night, Fisher will be pumping his fist from the DJ booth to some foot-stomping European house anthem. Then the colors wil ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

Seen and Heard

Music and film have been locked in a dance for years. Now Adelaide helps the two get it on.

Music Stories
Before Al Jolson and The Jazz Singer introduced the world to the talkie in 1927, filmmakers relied on the musical score to communicate the mood. But even after onscreen characters were able to express ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

THE STACK with Mr. Mumu

Armed to the teeth with every kind of beat, this Dirty DJ aims to please.

Music Stories
Despite his imposing stature and famously barbed wit, Mr. Mumu is really a sensitive guy. Never one to leave a dance floor despondent, he has an undisputed gift for club clairvoyance. Since moving to ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF


Wet Confetti gives bombastic noise pop a good name.

Music Stories
Judging a band by its name can be a dangerous, but fun, game. Let's try it on Wet Confetti. With a name like that, the Portland band could be a jam band. Or it could be a goth band. The trio has heard ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

PDX Popped!

New indie pop festival blasts local fans with that Portland sound.

Music Stories
It didn't take long for PDX Pop Fest to turn into a love fest. A few hours into the three-day, all-local music festival, Viva Voce's Anita Robinson gave voice to the positive vibes in the middle of th ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Cure / Various Portland Artists

Album Reviews
The CureThe CureGeffen/IMThere are only so many ways to describe the void of unrequited love, the bleakness of rain-soaked cement and the stupor of overwhelming gloom. Robert Smith has said them all. ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Reckoning

Verdicts on new local music

Music Stories
green circlesJigsaw/The Power 7-inch(Luminal Records)Stripped-down and serious, Green Circles are hitting their stride. With texture over volume and poise over facade, the new seven-inch fresh on toni ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

Arena Stack

Greg Glover might have the hippest label in town, but his record collection is classic.

Music Stories
At first glance, Greg Glover seems a pretty easy read. The thirtysomething co-owner of Arena Rock Recording Company has just moved to Portland from Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood--the capital of ...   More
Wednesday, April 14, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF


Verdicts on new local music

Music Stories
ModernstateHighwater MoonbootLucky MadisonLast week in this column some nitwit referred to Sam Schauer's solo project Modernstate as "downtempo pop." That nitwit was me, and I apologize if anyone boug ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 WW MUSIC STAFF

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