Everyone Loves Menomena... Except Menomena

Why doesn’t Portland’s best band get along?

Music Stories
IMAGE: Ben MoonBrent Knopf is hiding the truth. His deep blue eyes, covered slightly by curly brown hair, dart to the side, looking for something to play with. He fidgets in his seat, nervously taps o ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Top Five MFNW Acts That’ll Make You Lose Your Shit

Top 5
Thee Oh Sees (Dante’s, Friday, 11:30 pm)The super-prolific San Francisco band combines punk-rock scuzz with classic ’60s pop melodies better than just about anyone these days. Also, frontm ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Little Beirut Debuts "Last Light" Video

There are few local bands that I can imagine getting more serious play on alt-rock stations across the country than Little Beirut. The local quartet—led by singer-songwriter Hamilton Sims—do power pop the right way, with big, fat choruses and driving guitar chords that wouldn't ...   More
Friday, September 3, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Team Willamette Week Wins the 2010 Softball Championship!

SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION: Congratulations team Willamette Week! Last night under the bright lights at Farragut Park's field, Willamette Week defeated defending champion the Slammer to win the 2010 Sunday So...   More
Monday, August 30, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Copy Wants to Make You "Breakfast"

The wait is over. It seems like ages (too many years!) since we've heard any new recorded material from one-man electropop master Copy. But it's not like Marius Libman has been hiding behind a tree branch since 2007—since the release of his second full-length, Hair Guitar, he's put out remixes...   More
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Double-Double Vision

Bar Reviews
For a watering hole attached to a posh, sophisticated music venue, the recently opened Bar Bar (3943 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895) is refreshingly unpretentious. Bar Bar is basically an extension of t ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Slanted And Enchanted

Oregon’s creepiest amusement park meets Portland’s hippest bands.

IMAGE: Adam KruegerWhen Roger Tofte finished building Enchanted Forest in 1971, he probably never imagined that nearly 40 years later his family amusement park would host a music festival featuring a ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The Corin Tucker Band, "Doubt," 1,000 Years (Kill Rock Stars)

Corin Tucker spends most of her debut solo album, 1,000 Years, trying to distance herself from the shadow of her former band. It's not an easy task: Sleater-Kinney was, in the words of renowned rock critic Greil Marcus, "America's best rock band" before it went on indefinite hiatus in 2006. ...   More
Monday, August 2, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

It's Time For PDX Pop Now!

Is everyone ready for PDX Pop Now!?! With the festival beginning in just a few hours, I wanted to share a bit of last-minute technical information for the weekend. For anyone outside the city (or people to lazy to make it down to Rotture) you can tune into two online radio stations to hear every...   More
Friday, July 30, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Advance Cassette: Sad Horse

Label: Self-released?
Color: White
Insert: Yellow, with song titles printed on the front
Quantity: ???
Replayability: 9/10

I have no idea who is actually in the band Sad Horse. And honestly, I don't really care. I could dig around online a...   More
Thursday, July 22, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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