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Top Five Must-See Acts at March Music Moderne

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Soundwalk (Saturday, March 9, at Mount Tabor Park, 1 pm) Artist and composer Susan Alexjander leads a structured listening session for curious souls to drink in the raw sounds of nature. The La   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Eight Bells, The Captain's Daughter (Seventh Rule)


SubArachnoid Space was one of the more fascinating bands of the psych rock underground, in that you could feel that, with just the slightest push, the long-running group’s sound could evolve into something far more proggy, more evil and, yes, more metal. And to hear the sound of Ei...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #7: Sacred Harp, Past & Present


Ask the enthusiasts of the over 200-year-old spiritual choral music style known as Sacred Harp about their favorite song, and the conversation quickly becomes as esoteric as Deadheads discussing their favorite live version of “Dark Star.”
“I really like '181,'” says Thom Fahrbach, a doctor with a passion for singing that b...   More
Thursday, February 21, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Primer: The Residents

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Formed: In 1969 in San Mateo, Calif. Sounds like: The history of popular music and modern art as viewed through a funhouse mirror, with aspects coming into focus then warping out of proportion.&n   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II (Jagjaguwar)


The first album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra was exactly that: a first album—the creation of a fine band which had the pieces of a unique ‘60s psych-soul combination in front of it, yet could only construct the ...   More
Thursday, January 31, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Cat Doorman: Saturday, Jan. 26

Julianna Bright gets childish.

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[KIDZ POP] Folks in the indie world recording music for children is not new. For the past 10 years or so, dozens of artists and bands have taken either a quick detour into    More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Two Dudes in Their 30s Talk About the Lady Gaga Concert

A conversational review of the Born This Way Ball at the Rose Garden, Jan. 15


On Tuesday night, two of Willamette Week's most venerable music critics, Jay Horton and Robert Ham, attended the Lady Gaga show at the Rose Garden Arena. Let's just say that neither of them fit the show's core demographic. Afte...   More
Thursday, January 17, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Parquet Courts: Friday, Jan. 18

The buzzing New York garage band doesn’t mince words, or chords.

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[GARAGE POP] Speaking with Andrew Savage is similar to listening to Parquet Courts, the New York-based band he fronts. Just as he does throughout the group’s debut album, Light Up Gold, the si   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #6: The Other Side Of The Dulcimer


The word dulcimer is derived from a combination of dulcis, the Latin word for sweet, and the Greek word for song, melos. The word quite literally means "sweet song." And generally speaking, the hammered dulcimer, and its sonic partner the Appalachian dulcimer, is often used for the creation of sugary tunes, even if its lyrics may express deep longing and sorrow. It was, of ...   More
Monday, January 14, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Mayonnaise," the Woolen Men

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Seems strange to call the Woolen Men's upcoming album on Woodsist the band's "debut album." Haven't they been with us for ages, releasing a wealth of material to their many fans? Yes, indeed they have, but all of those have come out on seven-inch single or short-run cassette releases....   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by ROBERT HAM
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