“Braveheart is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen in my life.”— James Graham of Scottish band Twilight Sad.
[ROCK] The Twilight Sad is extremely loud in concert. Andy
MacFarlane crafts intense walls of sound on the band’s records and
James Graham writes mysterious, haunting lyrics that touch on childh
Formed: 2005 in Montreal.
Sounds like: Munch’s Make Believe Band after a lengthy tour of Amsterdam.
For fans of: The Unicorns, Arcade Fire, The Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Weezer.
Latest release: T
The way the folks at Pickathon do their booking is really kind of unique. Everyone involved brings music to regular get-togethers in co-founder Zale Schoenborn's basement and, over beers, they just sit around listening. The talk isn't about draw or demographics—though, obviously, the question "will folks like it?" comes up a lot—it's a...
Before you ask, no, I didn't wrangle Andrew W.K. into live-blogging tonight's Blazer game. I suspect I might have been able to land him for the first half of this evening's contest, were I to have thought about it a bit further in advance than just now, but, alas, that didn't happen.
I will, however, be leaving this game immediately after the final buzzer to try and catch the end of Mr. W.K.'...
This, to me, is what a breakout single looks and sounds like. Now, granted, if I were a true tastemaker, the Shaky Hands would be bigger than the Arcade Fire. But this new Illmac single—"Under Their Radar, Over Their Heads"—is the closest thing to a breakout rap single I've heard come out of Portland since Lifesavas' heyday. It's in the minimal and organic G_Force beat, it's in the speedy toug...
Movie Reviews & Stories
Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are masters of their
medium. That medium is television. Famous with teenage stoners and fans
of absurdism for their ever-inscrutable Cartoon Network show, Tim and E
It's good to have M. Ward back. After years galavanting with Hollywood types and teaming up with other Monsters of Folk, the Portland songwriter has returned to that thing he does best: Writing time-displaced pop songs with plenty of reverb on the vocals.
"Primitive Girl" is the first single from his forthcoming disc A Wasteland Companion. That is an excellent album title. The r...
Because frontman Craig Finn’s voice is the most easily
identified part of his band the Hold Steady’s sound, one might assume
Finn’s new solo debut, Clear Heart Full Eyes, would sound like
Like whiskey, Portland’s James Low is getting better with age.
[COUNTRY] James Low has his proverbial shit together. After years without inspiration—his 2009 The Blackguard’s Waltz
EP was the first release since what Low calls an “awful” 2004 live