[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
For the second time this year, Portland has snoozed on advanced tickets to an unmissable performance. First, U.K. grindcore gods Bolt Thrower sold out the Star Theater. And then, this past Saturday, Goblin, the Italian prog-rock behemoth turned titans of '70s giallo movie soundtracks, packed the Hawthorne Theater to the gills, with nary...
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