Formed: In 1991 in Umeå, Sweden.
Sounds like: Oceanic riffage thrown in a blender with free jazz and lots of bad Marxist poetry.
For fans of: Born Against, the Make-Up, the Blood Brothe
For me, Cool Nutz was an acquired taste. His delivery and lyrical approach have changed over the years, but in general his style is meticulous and impressionistic. He makes sure the listener hears every word in his raps. This isn't always a style that grabs the listener by the throat. Nutz won't go on a Tech N9ne style machine-gun verbal assault; he seldom chooses in-your-face subject matter (e...More
The mayor of Portland rap on the n-word, Macklemore and giving back.
Among other nicknames, Cool Nutz has
sometimes been referred to as “the mayor.” He remains, after 20 years of
making music in Portland, the most visible face of this city’s hip-hop
[HEAVY POP] Amateur Hypnotist
opens with 3½ minutes of queasy, warped-tape instrumental fare. That
shaky stretch of sound serves as fair warning to ye brave souls who dare
venture beyond. Thoug
I am proud of Mike Coykendall for calling in a few favors! The Portland producer/sideman/singer-songwriter is so low-key and unassuming that although he regularly works with some of the biggest folks in the indie music world—M. Ward, She & Him, Blitzen Trapper, Bright Eyes—you'd never know it from the guy's low-key demeanor. Coykendall is, above all, a music geek—which is exactly why the...
[POST-HIP-HOP] The Chicharones are best experienced live.
This isn’t likely to change, barring the release of a high-budget 3-D
live show on Blu-ray, because so much of what makes the Chicharone
Pickathon bucks industry trends to craft the music fest of the future.
I don’t do outdoor festivals. This has as much to do with
my own pasty skin and aversion to large crowds as it does the with
inherent disadvantages of seeing your favorite band’s music drift u
Through some sort of mix-up or a really benevolent publicist, my tickets to see Fiona Apple were the best tickets I’ve ever had in my life. To anything. I mean, I’ve sat cross-legged on the floor and watched Calvin Johnson play a coffee shop; I’ve been invited to sit onstage to see friends’ bands play; I’ve crammed up into the front at standing-room-only shows. I've even pretended to be ...
[BEAT POP] I really want to compare Fanno Creek to the
Shaky Hands. It’s not that the trio’s sound particularly reminds of that
gone-but-not-forgotten Portland act—sure, there’s some jangl