[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
It's the toughest assignment yet on our month-long ice cream crawl, Scoops' out for Summer: facing damp, hungry children in the Pearl. Casey Jarman takes one for the team. Cool Moon Ice Cream 1105 NW Johnson St., 224-2021, coolmoonicecream.com. Price...More
"What are you holding on to? What are you holding on three? What are you holding on four? Four more years."
There has always been a childlike, storybook quality to Scott Garred's songwriting. He tells stories so small that sometimes aren't really stories at all—just moments, really. And sometimes in his minimal way he traces a circle of deep sorr...
Getting all sentimental over this year’s eclectic PDX pop crop.
Every year, the PDX Pop Now! festival offers a glimpse
into the music that’s moving Portland. And despite this city’s recent
reputation as a haven for confessional, tattooed singer-songwriters