Something In The Waters

How do you solve a mystery like Hundred Waters? Don’t ask the band.

Music Stories A great album tells a story. Whether it’s a tale told literally or a purely emotional ride,... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Show Preview: Dub Thompson, Paper/Upper/Cuts, Adventurous Sleeping

Music Stories [SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up nearby: Nothing cool has ever come... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Saturday, July 26

Stuck inside of Michigan with the Christmas Island blues again.

Music Stories It’s hard to picture Sean Bonnette in Big Ten country. The Andrew Jackson Jihad... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.

Music Stories When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Introducing...: Grape God

Music Stories Sounds like: A chopped-and-screwed street-corner prophet trying... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 
 

Something In The Waters

How do you solve a mystery like Hundred Waters? Don’t ask the band.

Music Stories A great album tells a story. Whether it’s a tale told literally or a purely emotional ride, a narrative thread can make a record feel like vastly more than the sum of its singles.  The Moon ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.

Music Stories When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Saturday, July 26

Stuck inside of Michigan with the Christmas Island blues again.

Music Stories It’s hard to picture Sean Bonnette in Big Ten country. The Andrew Jackson Jihad frontman belongs back in Phoenix, gazing out on smoggy sunsets, working at a suicide hotline, skating at Encanto ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Introducing...: Grape God

Music Stories Sounds like: A chopped-and-screwed street-corner prophet trying to reveal the secrets of the universe after taking one too many Xanax. For fans of: Mac Dre, DJ Screw, Earl Sweatshirt, Sa-Ra Creativ ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Dub Thompson, Paper/Upper/Cuts, Adventurous Sleeping

Music Stories [SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up nearby: Nothing cool has ever come out of Agoura Hills, Calif. Sure, the wealthy L.A. suburb has produced its share of nationally recognizable ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Ideal Casting Choices For Characters From Hold Steady Songs

by Craig Finn

Top 5 Matt Dillon and Diane Lane as the couple from “Oaks.” Some of my favorite things ever are the S.E. Hinton books and the movies made from them (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, etc.). Matt Dillon ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Denver

Rowdy Love (Mama Bird Recording Co.)

Album Reviews [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 ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Former Lives

The crises of Kevin Robinson—both real and imagined.

Music Stories A year ago, the word on Kevin Robinson was that he had lost it. His bands, Viva Voce and Blue Giant, had dissolved. In their place, he started Electric Ill, playing pastel-colored electro-funk w ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sara Jackson-Holman

River Queen (Expunged Records)

Album Reviews [PUSHING POP] It seems like a River Styx reference is right there. Portland-based Sara Jackson-Holman opens her latest EP, River Queen, with the line, “Take me with you when you go to the dept ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)

Album Reviews [THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length, ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Hotseat: Dave Allen

The former Gang of Four bassist talks Entertainment!, His new job at Beats Music and why he changed his mind about streaming.

Music Stories Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk group. When he quit after 1981’s Solid Gold, it was due to dr ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Are We There Yet?

Sharon Van Etten’s life is a highway. She wants to pull over.

Music Stories When Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returned from a grueling yearlong stint touring behind her 2012 album, Tramp, she was physically and emotionally spent. She promised her boyfriend ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Nick Cave’s Top Five Acts Of Violence

Top 5 “Deep in the Woods”  Even back in ’83, Cave was already obsessed with drenching his Southern gothic tales in blood. The finale of the Birthday Party’s Bad Seed EP is a first-person a ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Sapient

Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [BRUTAL BEATS] For a good visual representation of what local rapper-beatmaker Sapient’s music sounds like, look no further than the cover of his latest album, Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger. ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON

Album Review: The Delines

Colfax (El Cortez)

Album Reviews [AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Sassparilla

Pasajero/Hullabaloo (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews [DEVILISH ROOTS] At its best, Portland’s Sassparilla surpasses its sundry influences. But more frequently, frontman Kevin Blackwell is ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Talkative

Hot Fruit BBQ (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SPACE PUNK] If I had a nickel for every time someone likened a buzz-worthy band of stoners with laptops and delay pedals to Animal Collective, I’d certainly have enough cash to purchase a table ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL
 

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