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

Wye Oak Tuesday, March 29

Jenn Wasner writes 21st-century folk music for the brokenhearted.

Music Stories
[SELF-HELP INDIE ROCK] It’s often said that the best music comes in the wake of personal tragedy. The history of gut-wrenching breakup albums—from Bob Dylan’s    More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Scoreboard Sports Bar: The Sporting Life

Bar Reviews
When new owners remade Scoreboard Sports Bar (4822 SE Division St., 233-2971) a few years ago, they left a couple of relics from the past: a series of old-school NBA pennants so dated that the purple one says “New Orleans” over the Jazz logo and the Sonics   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

DFA Premieres New YACHT song "Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)"

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Now this is an interesting way to combat a leak. Today the DFA records blog posted the second of its "White Out Sessions," where James Murphy's impeccable dance-rock label plays a new song from one of its artists on a turntable in the label's office. After hearing "Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)," an unheard YACHT track, I'm p...   More
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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