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Old Boys’ Club

Shiny new Portland makes Menomena and the Helio Sequence feel very old.

Music Stories
The Helio Sequence and Menomena have a lot in common. Both are made up of Portland-area natives (Beaverton, specifically). Both are signed to...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Headout: Casey Jarman Says Farewell

WW’s Music Editor is moving on.

I was asked to speak at my high-school graduation. Not because of my grades (which were abysmal) or because of my community service (which was ordered by a judge), but because I had made fewer e   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Portland Rock Trivia

Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene.

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1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...   More

Everything In Its Right Place

Why? keeps its music nice and tidy while laughing in the face of death.

Music Stories
The emotional high point of Why?’s latest EP, Sod in the Seed, comes near the close of the third song, “The Plan.” After a line...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Primer: Refused

Music Stories
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   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: More with Cool Nutz

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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
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Cool Nutz

The mayor of Portland rap on the n-word, Macklemore and giving back.

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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 scene.    More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Incredible Yacht Control

Amateur Hypnotist (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[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   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Mike Coykendall, "The Hippie Girl (feat. Ben Gibbard, Eric Earley, Zooey Deschanel)," Chasing Away the Dots (Fluff and Gravy)


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...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Chicharones

Swine Flew (Camobear)

Album Reviews
[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   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

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