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Live Review: Eternal Tapestry at The Know, Thursday, June 14


 Here's something I'll never understand about The Know's booking policies: their #1 rule of any show is this: all the live music has to be over by 11pm, no exceptions. Knowing that, the folks in charge over there still book three and four act bills that start at 8:30 or later, expecting the bands to police themselves as far as the schedule goes. The unfortunate truth is that some bands h...   More
Friday, June 15, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Had a Dad, Big and Dumb: That's My Boy Reviewed


Adam Sandler Week at wweek.com concludes with a review of the comic, uh, genius's latest, That's My Boy—though really, if you're looking to critical opinion to decide whether or not to see an Adam Sandler movie, well, that's funnier than anything that'll happen onscreen. 
WW's Critics Grade: D
There's a running gag through That's...   More
Friday, June 15, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Kickstarted: Blood Beach Euro Tour 7" and Portland Cassette Compilation


 The project: Blood Beach Euro tour 7" and Keep Portland Normal CassetteWho's behind the project? The surf/garage by way of proggy psychedelics quartet Blood BeachWhy do they want your money? These crazy kids are heading out on a tour of Europe in Septe...   More
Friday, June 15, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Menomena Announces New Album & Tour


 By the time you read this, the news will have already been around the world and back. Such is the speed of our connected age. But this announcement is big enough to warrant us jumping in the fray and exulting with spasms of joy: A NEW MENOMENA ALBUM IS FORTHCOMING!!Admit it, already: you were a little concerned that with the departure of Brent Knopf, the band would dissolve into vario...   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: cars & trains, "Foamy Waves" We Are All Fire (Fake Four/Circle Into Square)


 I like the fact that when I was listening to this track for the first time, my wife - sitting in the other room, sewing - asked if this was David Bazan. No, my dear, it is not a new Bazan song, but I can hear why you would think so. Tom Filepp, the man behind cars & trains, has a similarly laconic yet heartbreaking approach to singing as the former Pedro The Lion leader does. It's f...   More
Monday, June 11, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

One World, One Wave

KBOO’s Sunday shows go around the world in 390 minutes.

Music Stories
The charter for KBOO, Portland’s left-of-the-dial community radio station, vows to use its frequency to fill needs that other media doesn’t, bringing content to underserved groups. Tune in to    More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Q&A: Dan Bejar of Destroyer


 In the 15 years since Dan Bejar started releasing music under the name Destroyer, his profile and success has grown exponentially. He has been aided along the path by his work with Canadian supergroups The New Pornographers and Swan Lake, but it is via Destroyer that Bejar has really proven his mettle as one of the great songwriters of the '00s. The last half-dozen Destroyer albums have been...   More
Monday, June 4, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Check Out The Initial Lineup For MusicfestNW 2012!!!!


Alert your friends and family! Start calling the folks in your phone tree! Send out smoke signals! Tweet! Facebook! The word is out on the street now—the initial lineup for this year's MusicfestNW is here!!!!Please accept our excitement as genuine because, even though we have a bit of an inside track on this event—WW puts the thing on every ye...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Q&A: Chickfactor's Gail O'Hara


To repeat what is in the listing in this week's print edition: Two decades ago, Gail O'Hara and Pam Berry joined forces to create Chickfactor, a small press magazine devoted to their musical loves. This often meant featuring interviews with cult folk artist Bridget St. John and ’60s star Colin Blunstone of the Zombies, or maybe featuring Belle and Sebastian (who wrote a tribute song to t...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Mic Check: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar

Music Stories
Dan Bejar’s longtime musical project, Destroyer, has gone through many permutations, from edgy, drip-dry pop to motorik showtunes written on MIDI synths. For 2011’s Kaputt, Bejar and company   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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