[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is
more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in
their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s
[SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man
avalanche of guitar-driven electronica, operating high atop prefab
samples, typically in the form of synthesizers and neatly ironed drums.
As Doug Fir wraps up its anniversary month, meet the man who's made the Burnside club the best-sounding in town.
Don’t let Mick Learn’s calm demeanor fool you: He’s put in the hours. From his knob- and dial-filled station in the basement of the cabin-like Doug Fir, Learn has helped transform the club, which opened a decade ago this month into a Graceland for audiophiles. Chances are, the shows you’ve enjoyed at the eastside venue over the last 10 years have been shepherded by the veteran sound tech�...
[RUSTIC SOUL] While it's easy to bask in the warm glow of
Sam Smith and the Black Keys individually these days, why not embrace an
artist who evokes both? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is a
[MOM-AND-DAD ROCK] The Both pairs two indie-rock
stars whose best work is probably behind them. That said, it is an
intriguing match, as likable as anything either has done before. Ted
A couple of things stood out about Monday evening’s Broken Bells show at the Schnitz. First, it was at the Schnitz, a venue often utilized by orchestras and philharmonics that is so damn pretty it makes you sick. Why, then, were James Mercer, Danger Mouse and co. bringing their vintage pop to these hallowed walls? Sure, the group is catchy and downright impressive during long stret...
Peter Silberman invites the world into his bedroom.
In 2009, Brooklyn trio the Antlers released Hospice,
a sobering concept album equating a decaying relationship with terminal
illness. It was a quiet, intelligent record constructed from orchestral
James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.
James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very
popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and
father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back
It can be a little jarring to witness an album as meticulously crafted as Amen Dunes' Love re-created live. Frontman Damon McMahon opened the band's show at Bunk Bar on July 11 with 'Lilac In Hand,' and despite the intimate venue, the song seemed to open up even wider than on record. McMahon continually fi...
[STIFF COUNTRY] The byproduct of rocky relationships, loneliness and one too many drinks, Rowdy Love
is nothing if not downtrodden. Denver’s sophomore record speaks to
midlife troubles with th