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MFNW Preview: Beirut

How a kid from Eastern Oregon helped save Zach Condon from himself—and finally got him to finish a new album.


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When your band’s press release explains that your latest record is the byproduct of a physical and mental breakdown and your subsequent recovery, you are signing up to talk about that breakdown for    More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Ancient Heat (Self-Released)


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[DISCO? DISCO!] People who actually lived through disco tend to acquire a sort of selective amnesia about it. Maybe it’s the drugs or the anonymous sex or the glitter that scrambled their memories,    More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ural Thomas & the Pain

“I’ll Do it For You”/“Pain is the Name of Your Game” (Pres Records)


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[REDISCOVERED SOUL] It has been a decade since Sharon Jones’ influential sophomore record dropped on New York’s Daptone Records, kick-starting a soul revival that led labels, writers and would-be    More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)


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[PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vacilando

While They Were Dancing (Fluff & Gravy)


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[STONED ROOTS] It should maybe fall under the full-disclosure category that I’m a huge fan of sleepy, atmospheric, low-tempo, vaguely Midwestern pop tunes that feature the pedal steel guitar. The mo   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Half Past, Present Pending (Fluff And Gravy)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Coykendall is known primarily for his role as a producer and engineer who helps build robust soundscapes for some of Portland’s best bands, from M. Ward to Blitzen Tra   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Elvis Costello Wednesday, July 8

Who loves the sun? Not this guy.


Music Stories
In April 1991, Elvis Costello released an unsettling promotional video from his upcoming album, Mighty Like a Rose. The opening shot is of waves lapping in slow motion at night, double exposed with a    More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

High Fidelity

The stoniest Portland albums ever.


Music Stories
Oregon wasn’t the first state to legalize marijuana, but maybe that’s because we were too busy making heavy, trippy, funky or otherwise mind-expanding music to remember to mail in our ballots. Som   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)


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[FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Live Review: Refused at Doug Fir, 5/29

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Author’s note: I hate writing live reviews, but WW Music Editor Matt Singer got me into this really expensive show for free so I promised I’d write one. It is written as a stream-of-consciousness sort of thing and I don’t really care if you read it or not.There’s really only one barometer for a band’s success in live performance, and that’s “Did the crowd go apeshit?”...   More
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 by CASEY JARMAN
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