Album Review: Blue Skies For Black Hearts

Embracing The Modern Age (Super Big Ltd.)

Album Reviews
[HERE’S YOUR FUTURE] It’s hard to fault Blues Skies for Black Hearts for being out of touch. The power-poppy quartet—led by bespectacled frontman Pat Kearns—sticks to a (relatively) simple    More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bare Bones Bar: Jukebox Gold

Bar Reviews
If the first thing you hear when entering a bar is “I swear the jukebox is free,” there are two possible scenarios: You’ve found a gold mine, or someone is already stupid drunk. And while the   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Vinyl Destination

Our top three picks for record-store day.

These days, almost every hobby, obsession and food gets its own holiday. April is full of especially weird celebrations—it’s National Pecan Month, in case you forgot about the existence of the “all-American nut”—and Saturday, April 16, is no exception: It’s National Eggs Benedict Day   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Point Juncture, WA Learns to Keep it Simple


A few months ago I met local musician and producer Skyler Norwood at Beulahland to to chat about his new projects over a few pints. Norwood, easily excitable, was practically buzzing the moment he walked in the room, blushing and speaking in hushed tones about Point Juncture, WA's new record, which he had just finished mastering earlier that day. "I think it's the best thing we've ever done, for r...   More
Monday, April 11, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Cut of the Day: 31 Knots, "Candles on Open Water," Trump Harm (Polyvinyl)


My lord, what amazing album art! It's hard to distance the music on 31Knots' seventh album, Trump Harm, from the record's shirtless, bong-water constructed, Photoshop-gone-horribly-awry cover image—and the back cover, which sees bandleader Joe Haege, um, getting off to some New Age-y sunset shit. But longstanding Portland trio 31Knots isn't a joke band, even if its art—and many of its songs—...   More
Friday, April 8, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Wire

Music Stories
Formed: 1976 in London. Members: Colin Newman (guitar, vocals), Graham Lewis (bass, vocals), Robert Gotobed (drums) and Bruce Gilbert (guitar). Matt Simms (of It Hugs Back) replaces Gilbert for this   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Flight Of The Dodos

The Dodos return to Portland and find their mojo.

Music Stories
Most of the time, as the story goes, a band cleans up its sound to lead to a bigger audience. But when San Francisco frantic-folk duo the Dodos were recruited by noted Northwest indie-rock producer   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: And And And

Life Ruiner (Apes Tapes)

Album Reviews
[LO-FI BREAKTHROUGH] On my last count, local frenetic-pop sextet And And And released 45 songs in the past year. I’m probably a little off—does a mixtape count as one track?—but the sheer amou   More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Grouper Gets Spacey on New Double Album


When Liz Harris gets going, she just can't stop. Recording under the moniker Grouper, Harris has crafted some of the most beautiful late-night music to come out of the Pacific Northwest in a long time, with treated guitar, swirling feedback, and her ghostly voice dominating my post-midnight soundtrack for most of 2008 with the elemental Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. Now Grouper is back with a ne...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Cosmic Warriors

Akron/Family enters the void.

Music Stories
When it was time for Akron/Family to send out copies of its new album, the experimental-folk rock band abandoned the usual channels of distribution—giving promo copies to the press, streaming the    More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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