Shaken by cancer and complacency, Camera Obscura needed a change. They found it in Portland.
No one could ever mistake Desire Lines as anything
but an album by Camera Obscura. All the identifiers are there: melodies
meshing the chirp of ’60s radio pop and ’80s post-punk devilry, and t
Years active: 1990-2001, 2008, 2010-present.
Sounds like: Television and the Stooges-inspired
darkness, with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious,
bluesy and slightly dr
You Can Ride A Beam Of Light Like A Musical Strum (Mindwave)
Space Waves bassist-vocalist Sarah Bourland unwittingly
sums up the entirety of her band’s second full-length a mere 25 seconds
into the song “Underworld”: “Nothing’s quite wrong/But it�
Thirty years on, Kiwi cult legends the Bats are a ghost of themselves—and they’ve never sounded better.
When New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records first came to the
attention of the international music scene in the 1980s, it was hard to
believe such a wealth of talent could exist on one tiny island nat
I spent a fair chunk of time last week on Twitter having a back and forth with other music fans and writers about how Portland is, in the eyes of some touring artists, a flyover spot. Bands, particularly those from overseas, and hip-hop acts tend to skip right over our fair city and either head directly to Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., or don't even bother with the northwest at all. For fans o...
In the first 10 minutes of Pieta, the latest
feature from internationally renowned director Kim Ki-duk, a man in a
wheelchair hangs himself, another loudly humps a pillow on his bed, and a
Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers in 1947. Meanwhile, in Alabama...
By all accounts, Birmingham, Ala., was the epicenter of
the civil-rights movement of the ’60s. It was there that two of the most
important moments in the fight surrounding segregation occurred:
During the 1988 election in Chile that
led to the ouster of Augusto Pinochet, TV advertising played as major a
role in the political process as traditional campaigning: For 27 days,
each side ha
[HEARTBROKEN ROCK] Don’t be fooled by the picture on the
cover of Scout Niblett’s new album, a photo-booth shot of a couple in
full make-out mode. The heart of It’s Up to Emma is not a