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Cut of the Day: Death Songs, "Water In The Eyes of Man (Live from the Banana Stand)"


Already a great song, Nick Delffs' "Water in the Eyes of Man" takes on an epic, John Lennon quality in this live recording from Southeast Portland basement venue the Banana Stand. The Death Songiest of all Delffs' recordings under the Death Songs moniker, the tune makes some universal sentiments—about death, friendship and healing—sound fresh. At once gushing and heartbreakingly plainspoken, t...   More
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

What Hearts: Sunday, May 20

A journey from old-timey Americana to pop that would rather not be called cute.

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[HOMEMADE POP] Julie Vitells grew up in what she calls “a pop-culture vacuum.” With hippie parents and a natural proclivity toward “old-timey stuff,” the young musician—who spent her ear   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Video Roundup: Strangled Darlings, The Prime, Illmaculate, Ozarks and More


Video roundup time! Get yer popcorn out and enjoy these fine Portland videos!
Strangled Darlings, "Snake and the Girl"In tomorrow's paper, we review some recent albums with a "weirdness scale." Strangled Darlings' new album, Red Yellow & Blue, ranks pretty high. But I think we're going to have to give the band some bonus points for this one...

The Prime, "A Bit Differen...   More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Photo Review: Best New Band Showcase


Words by Casey Jarman, photos by Inger Klekacz.I'm not usually one to play favorites (is that a funny thing for a critic to say?), but this year's Best New Band showcase had to have been my favorite of all-time. Maybe that's because I went into it not having ...   More
Monday, May 14, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

The Best New Band Ballots, 2012


Hi there. Every year, in an attempt at full transparency, we list the votes of everyone who was counted in WW's annual Best New Band poll. What follows is that list of voters names, titles and the bands or artists that they casted votes for. Occasionally one is listed as "anonymous"—we offer folks that option. 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Ian Youngstrom of St. Johns Bizarre

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When the St. Johns Bizarre began six years ago, it was a low-profile street fair with crafts, beer and bands. Today it’s a slightly higher-profile street fair with more crafts, more beer and rea   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Primer: Imperial Teen

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Formed: 1994 in San Francisco.  Sounds like: A series of intense couple fights that always end in cuddling. For fans of: Sonic Youth, Electric Light Orchestra, the Dandy Warhols, Letters to Cle   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Palo Verde

Zero Hour (Phratry)

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[FREE HARDCORE] The striking white stallion that adorns the cover of Zero Hour probably wasn’t meant as a sight gag, but it works as one: Palo Verde, you see, is no one-trick pony. Drummer Lauren    More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Headout: Friends Forever

Two decades later, what do you remember about The Golden Girls?

I had to squint, but the Elvis impersonator in the back row at Sophia’s wedding looked awfully familiar. That forehead. That weird mouth. Yes, Quentin Tarantino was on The Golden Girls. Oh, th   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Deer or the Doe, "Descriptions," Tonight We Love You


It starts like jazz, which I like.
Deer or the Doe knows how to build atmosphere, but it also knows how to thrash as if the better parts of the mid-'90s underground never left. And after that build-up, everything about descriptions gets all Mascis and Bachmann, blasting and rumbling. I like that the never-ending-guitar-solo of a lead jets upward, and I like that it's never allowed to break free...   More
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

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