[NAKED SONGS] The first time I heard Rob Wynia’s solo
recordings, he was experimenting with soundscapes and edgy spoken-word
pieces. I was shocked at how far off course the material was from the
[POP SONGS] I don’t think I ask too much of pop songs. I
want them to physically move me and say something interesting or clever.
In fact, if a song can do one of those two things well, I’ll tak
A larger-than-life Blazer legend stops by to say goodbye.
Arvydas Sabonis, who entered the Naismith Memorial
Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 11, might be the
best-loved Portland Trail Blazer of all time. Sure, Bill Walton won the
Growing up, my favorite television show was Pee-Wee's Playhouse. I was especially fond of his video calling booth, inside of which he had a number of different pull-down backdrops and accessories, so that it could appear Pee-Wee was speaking to you from some exotic island, the North Pole or a dude ranch when he answered the phone. I am more than a little reminded of that Pee-Wee tradition a...
The most compelling band on this year’s Warped Tour isn’t a
tried-and-tested old-school punk act, a guyliner-sporting American emo
band or even the token hip-hop dude (sorry, Yelawolf). The most
[BEATS AND BLASTS] Sapient might be too good at his day
job of selling beats. While the Sandpeople Producer/MC’s new collection,
Eaters Volume One: Tusks!—the first in a planned series of Mad
The Ascension of St. Diamond and the Battles of Oxtest (Field Hymns)
[ABSTRACT ELECTRONIC] The term “mind-blowing” has lost a
little of its potency. It always seemed like an incomplete thought to
begin with (blowing up? blowing out? blowing smoke?), but at the he
The first time Blind Pilot recorded a full-length, it wasn't really a full band. It was Israel Nebeker and his friend Ryan Dobrowski playing around in the studio with Portland producer Skyler Norwood. The resulting record, 3 Rounds and a Sound, had a lo-key charm but it also had moments of swelling orchestration that could fill the room. So following-up that disc, and keeping alive the special atm...
I always appreciate it when a publicist goes out of his or her way to mention the Portland angle on a national story. So when ol' Frank Nieto pointed out Portland-based artists playing Seattle's City Arts Fest 2011 (October 20-22 at various Emerald City venues), I paid special attention. That's when I saw this:- Helio Sequence @ The Seattle Laser Dome - an evening with performance, set to a...