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Live Review: Deerhunter at Hawthorne Theatre, Saturday, Nov. 22


My love for Deerhunter is kind of personal.

I won't get into it too much, except that I was a scared kid living in a foreign country. A very strange foreign country, one whose once-comfortable Socio-Capitalism has now become the upturned joke of the worldwide economic crisis: I...   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Chandler Fredrick

The Whigs

Midnight Thursday, Dante’s


Special Section Stories
[SOUTHERN POST-PUNK] You can take the indie-rock band out of the college town, but you can’t take the college town out of the indie-rock band. For Athens, Ga., trio the Whigs (whose historically ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Chandler Fredrick

Thao with the Get Down Stay Down

Midnight Saturday, Holocene


Special Section Stories
[FOLK POP] It’s the stuff award-winning music documentaries are made of: Trapped in the Bed, Bath & Beyond-ridden suburb of Falls Church, Va., and roped into the tedium of lending a hand at her ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Chandler Fredrick

Patterns, "Spades," Wading Through Grass (Self-released)


Whether it's advertising axioms (Got Milk?), lyrics by Rupert Holmes (Got Pina Coladas?), or gum to the bottom of your shoes at the Hawthorne Theatre (Got Peanut Butter?), some things just stick well. Musical friendships are no exception: Take Ricci Swift and "Shoki" of Portland's Patterns, frie...   More
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 by Chandler Fredrick

Federale, "Road to Battle," Music from "La Rayar" (Revolver)


Four years ago, when native Oregonian Collin Hegna signed up for the part of bassist in the chaotic, ever-revolving line-up of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, he was likely unaware that the touring process would—like Jack Torrance's life at The Overlook Hotel—be all work and no play (es...   More
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2008 by Chandler Fredrick

Serpentone, Thursday June 26


[GAR-UNGE] Some bands go through break-ups, and some go through divorces. In the spring of 2005, local grunge outfit Serpentone experienced the latter. Midway through an opening set at Porky’s Pub, singer Erika Meyer is stunned—convinced that both her musical career and her relationship are about to fly ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 by Chandler Fredrick

Serpentone, Thursday June 26

Local grunge revivalists prove too tough to die.


Music Stories
[GAR-UNGE] Some bands go through break-ups, and some go through divorces. In the spring of 2005, local grunge outfit Serpentone experienced the latter. Midway through an opening set at Porky’s P ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 Chandler Fredrick

Eat Skull, "Dead Families," Dead Families 7-inch (Skulltones)


I think that fellow Willamette Week writer Erik Bader put it best: "You don't just wake up and say, 'Let's do a band that sounds like Eat Skull.' No, you w...   More
 
Tuesday, June 24, 2008 by Chandler Fredrick

Envy

Green with something...


Bar Reviews
As I stepped into the cheesy, pastel-lit confines of downtown club Envy (204 SW Yamhill St., 200-5500), the space that used to house H2O, I noticed a small quarrel: A pushy frat boy who bore a strikin ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008 Chandler Fredrick

DERBY, Posters Fade (Green Submarine)


[POP] Scholars of Russian literature and reluctant biology students alike will tell you translation is a serious bitch. It’s no different for musicians: Rendering the melodies in your head with Pro Tools is akin to making Anna Karenina work in English. It’s here that local pop trio Derby struggles...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 by Chandler Fredrick
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