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

Five Questions with Destroyer's Dan Bejar


Dan Bejar is an incredible songwriter. Though he's quick to say that he's bored with instruments or that he recorded most of the vocals for his new album while he was fixing a sandwich, there's no denying that Bejar's sharp, twisting songs require a lot of effort. On email, however, Bejar is quick and to the poi...   More
Friday, March 18, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Rhythm And Booze

Drinking with Destroyer’s Dan Bejar.

Music Stories
More than any other current songwriter, Dan Bejar’s lyrics beg for a good unpacking. For 15 years, Bejar has written twisting, expansive and eccentric songs for his own Destroyer project as well a   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Video: Menomena, "Taos"


It's here, folks: Menomena's new Alicia J. Rose-directed clip for Mines standout "Taos" takes the reconfigured band—can we call it Menomena 2.0 yet?—on a journey to a wrestling ring, where a smattering of costume-clad women live out all their fantasies for multi-instrumentalist Justin Harris. Basically, Harris gets humiliated, but there's a twist that's too good to spoil here. Rose has directe...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Morning Teleportation

Expanding Anyway (Glacial Pace)

Album Reviews
[THE LONESOME CROWDED NORTHWEST] Ever since moving to Portland in 2008, Morning Teleportation has been tagged the Next Big Thing.   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The Lovecraft: Every Day Is Like Sunday

Bar Reviews
“I’ll buy a free drink for anyone who sings an Erasure song!” yells the bartender, her face hidden behind dry ice and a series of red and green laser lights straight out of a televised Muse Christmas special. Welcome to Sunday-night karaoke at The Lovecraft (421 SE Grand Ave.   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

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