Our blind taste test of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.
The Warped Tour is less like a fine wine than a gummy bear
stuck in a car’s ashtray: The more it ages, the more unrecognizable it
becomes. If you’re of a certain generation and grew up with a
Washington, D.C., is no stranger to incendiary bands with a political agenda, of course. The sound of new-jack punks Priests is clearly indebted to the lineage of underground music in its home city, with scabrous guitars chafing against the elastic growls of singer Katie Alice Greer, a frontwoman from the Kathleen Hanna school of bash-you...
Sounds like: An acid-rap marketing seminar.
For fans of: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Edan, Bilal.
Why you care: Ripley Snell is not a
businessman, he’s a small business, man. That’s how
To prove the real “Seether” is neither a South African grunge-metal band nor its terrible rendition of Veruca Salt’s original.
If a bunch of grunting Creed-alikes stole the name of my
A guide to the (barely) competitive Portland lawn-game scene.
Portland loves games, but it has a complicated
relationship with the concept of competition. (There’s a reason one of
our two major professional sports teams has matches that can end in a
Who: Toni Hill (vocals), Colin Luba (producer).
Sounds like: A neo-soul space opera.
For fans of: Little Dragon, Kid Cudi, Natasha Kmeto, Deltron 3030.
Why you care: Toni Hill’s voice is a
There must be some alternate universe along the space-time continuum where Guided By Voices is the biggest band in the world. That's certainly how the group has carried itself through the last 30 years. Started as a sort of bite-sized, basement-brand version of the Who, GBV is basically a decades-old rock'n'roll fantasy camp for midwestern songwriting ma...
The PDX Pop Now lineup is here! As usual, the annual all-ages, all-local, all-free Portland music festival presents a kind of wide-angle view of the city's music scene as it exists right at this moment. No huge, nationally recognizable names—the biggest are Wampire, Blouse and Portland Cello Project—but then, that's ne...
[DRONE AMERICANA] Above being a musician, Portland’s Brian
Mumford is a mad scientist. Though he does his songwriting on a junky
acoustic guitar in desperate need of fresh strings, his passion i