A New Way to Praise

With Deeper Well Records, Evan Way wants to broaden the definition of

Music Stories Not all Christian music is created equal, especially on Deeper Well Records. The label, started... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Burials

Music Stories Who: Benjamin Caragol (guitars, vocals), Adam Wheeler (bass, vocals), Isaac Davis (drums),... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Joyce Manor, Toys That Kill, Drivers

Music Stories [RITALIN ROCK] Between the preening of the Warped Tour and the made-for-Broadway... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)

Album Reviews [GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO
 
 

A New Way to Praise

With Deeper Well Records, Evan Way wants to broaden the definition of

Music Stories Not all Christian music is created equal, especially on Deeper Well Records. The label, started by Evan Way of Portland-via-L.A. folk-rock group the Parson Red Heads, was founded to combat the per ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Joyce Manor, Toys That Kill, Drivers

Music Stories [RITALIN ROCK] Between the preening of the Warped Tour and the made-for-Broadway schlock of Green Day’s American Idiot, it’s hard to argue that punk hasn’t taken several hard left turns to d ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Introducing: Burials

Music Stories Who: Benjamin Caragol (guitars, vocals), Adam Wheeler (bass, vocals), Isaac Davis (drums), Fester (guitars). Sounds like: A battle between marauding Viking ships and deadly sea serpents that just w ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)

Album Reviews [GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams from Portland’s former mayor-turned-DJ. But as the frontman for his almost eponymous band, Sama Dams, the other Adams has don ... More

Dec 17, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Shadowhouse

Hand in Hand (Mass Media)

Album Reviews [GOTH PUNK] Like so many of its peers in the increasingly crowded post-punk revival tent, Shadowhouse is an unabashed tomb raider. But the Portland quartet knows that you know retrospection is t ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

The Big Snap-Back

After a tragedy in its ranks, TV on the Radio is born again.

Music Stories TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek lives by the overarching philosophy of “What if?” What if he had a band that blended all the music he loved, from punk to prog to soul, to the point that ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Load B

Music Stories Who: Rappers Milc and Brill. Sounds like: A rap-game John Belushi busting into a church party with strippers, guns and a plate of drugs. For fans of: Odd Future, early Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Lice ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [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 ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Usnea

Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse)

Album Reviews [DOOM METAL] On its self-released debut, Usnea offered a psychedelic nightmare of twisted riffage and effects abuse that set the band a comfortable parsec apart from the Portland metal pack. Sop ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Adult Anarchy

White Lung stays punk, even as it outgrows the punk scene.

Music Stories As a remedy for frustration, punk rock works well enough. But at this point, the rote formula of short-plus-fast-plus-loud is most effective as a distraction for adolescents or an analgesic for ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Show Preview: Peaking Lights at Holocene, Dec. 7

A band is like a family, especially when it’s both.

Music Stories Indra Dunis’ touring partners are a bunch of crybabies. They get cranky if they’re in the van too long, never clean up their own messes and sometimes even soil themselves. She puts up with ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Ryan Hemsworth

Music Stories [POST-GIRL-TALK EDM] During Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s fantastic early-evening set at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival, it was hard to distinguish who in the crowd was on drugs a ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Portland Cello Project

To E.S. (Virtual Label)

Album Reviews [POSTMODERN CELLO] Fusing a bastardized concept of chamber music and contemporary forms has always been a hallmark of the Portland Cello Project. On To E.S., its tribute to the late, beloved, ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR
 

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