Not many 19th-century Italian operas feature a chorus of
men pointing rifles at the audience in the first five minutes. But
Donizetti’s enduring masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor pulls
[SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a
comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which
originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back
in 2004. Te
Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014.
Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of
birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the
biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red
WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.
Blitzen Trapper, VII
A consistently suggestive blend of robust
alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of
genre-roving Americana. (GS)
Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle
I heard a number of folks griping about how “poorly advertised” this Mazzy Star show was. Yet on a rainy Sunday night, the Crystal Ballroom was sold out, with a capacity crowd of 960 women and 40 guys huddling for warmth, and a chance to hear “Fade Into You” performed live. Mariee Sioux kicked things off, her voice and guitar accompanied by a drummer who used his mallets spars...
[DREAMIEST POP] It’s been 17 years since Mazzy Star released its third album, Among My Swan.
The world has changed, but the band’s laid-back, twangy dream folk has
not. Never officially brok
If there’s any place in Oregon weirder than Salem, it’s Keizer. The suburb has spawned a number of nerd-identified rock bands over the years, the majority of which contain a Rafn brother. Kevin Rafn has been working with a little band called Wampire of late. And eldest brother David Rafn was a founding member of seminal Portland post-rock ban...
Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man.
When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged
patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011,
promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick
Exhuming Portland’s forgotten extreme metal pioneers.
Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long
time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the
deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are di