Almost Infamous

Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band.

Music Stories Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial? Not singer-guitarist... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Caribou, Koreless

Music Stories [ELECTRONIC SOUL] Much has been made about Dan Snaith’s inability to stay still. The... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Ultra Van Krome

Music Stories Who: Stevie Ray Mays (bass, guitar, vocals), Ramsey Embick (keyboards), Brian... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.

Music Stories When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)

Album Reviews [EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK
 
 

Almost Infamous

Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band.

Music Stories Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial? Not singer-guitarist Dustin Hill, apparently. When he bestowed the Google-unfriendly name on his stoner-rock project t ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.

Music Stories When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t without controversy. Led by brothers Matt and Patrick Flegel, the band had carved out a niche as one of the most innovative ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Ultra Van Krome

Music Stories Who: Stevie Ray Mays (bass, guitar, vocals), Ramsey Embick (keyboards), Brian Harrison (guitar), Johnny Linn Russell (drums). Sounds like: Morris Day and the Time, having tired of battling Prince ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Show Preview: Caribou, Koreless

Music Stories [ELECTRONIC SOUL] Much has been made about Dan Snaith’s inability to stay still. The Canadian musician, who records under the name Caribou, has never made the same record twice, constantly e ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)

Album Reviews [EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair ... More

Feb 25, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Top Five Shows In the First Week of The Portland Jazz Festival

Top 5 Taylor Eigsti Trio and Joel Harrison’s Free Country Ensemble Vocalist Becca Stevens brushes her words over audiences with goose-bump-inducing ease, and she’ll do it here with two wholly diffe ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

Jessica Pratt: Sunday, Feb. 22, at Doug Fir Lounge

It’s oh so quiet.

Music Stories Jessica Pratt has to be sick of talking to reporters. The L.A. singer-songwriter put out her self-titled debut in 2012, after her friend Tim Presley of psychedelic garage rockers Darker My Lov ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by CRIS LANKENAU

Introducing: Big Mo

Music Stories Who: Rapper Mohammed Alkhadher.Sounds like: An upper-echelon lyricist in the mold of Ras Kass and Nas, with superior beat selection and a socially conscious perspective that’s easy to digest.For ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by T.J. LOVE

Show Preview: Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate, Southgate

Music Stories [KILLING TECHNOLOGY] In the ’80s, French-Canadian sci-fi thrash quartet Voivod was a contemporary of Metallica and Slayer, infusing progressive themes borrowed from King Crimson and Van der Graa ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Grand Lake Islands

Song From Far (Good Mountain)

Album Reviews [RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting experimen ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

On the Run

Divers made one of the best albums of 2015 so far. So what now?

Music Stories Earlier this month, at a house show in Northeast Portland, Divers opened with a song that doesn’t yet have an ending. That might be common practice among jam bands, but not for dudes playing ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)

Album Reviews [FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Ariel Pink’s Top Five Trolliest Quotes

Top 5 1. “Everybody’s a victim, except for small, white, nice guys who just want to make their moms proud and touch some boobies.” 2. “I love gays, by the way. And I love pedophiles, too. And I ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)

Album Reviews [FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)

Album Reviews [SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy ... More

Jan 28, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Top Five Ways to Celebrate Russian New Year

by Chervona

Top 5 Wish everyone you see a happy new year, and return your neighbor’s garden shears.There is a belief that if your pocket is empty on New Year’s Eve, for the whole year you will be broke. Another ... More

Jan 7, 2015 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Parties To Turn Up Your New Year’s Eve

Top 5 Club Chemtrail, ASSS, Magic Fades Though not the only party this year that strongly frowns on bright colors, experiencing Club Chemtrail’s monochrome poly-club tracks in an actual warehouse is l ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE
 

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