Cut the Slack

Courtney Barnett’s a loser, baby, but she’s not going to let it kill her.

Music Stories For someone who’s written songs detailing awkward phone calls with her mom and using masturbation... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Black Keys: Friday, Oct. 31

Drummer Pat Carney talks LeBron, band dynamics and his hometown’s best burger(s).

Music Stories No surprise, Pat Carney still has the green MG convertible. Carney got the car in March 2004,... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

R.I.P. Slabtown

Music Stories With Portlanders of every vintage so eager to ennoble the fallen, let us remember two... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Album Review: Purse Candy

Visions of a Healed Kingdom (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [DISCO POP] Purse Candy’s debut album will bring to mind a few questions,... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Eyelids

854 (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews [INDIE-POP CLASSICISM] “Seagulls Into Submission,” the first song... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grouper

Ruins (Kranky)

Album Reviews [HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper, probably... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR
 
 

Cut the Slack

Courtney Barnett’s a loser, baby, but she’s not going to let it kill her.

Music Stories For someone who’s written songs detailing awkward phone calls with her mom and using masturbation as a sleep aid, Courtney Barnett comes across awfully shy in conversation. She answers questions ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The Black Keys: Friday, Oct. 31

Drummer Pat Carney talks LeBron, band dynamics and his hometown’s best burger(s).

Music Stories No surprise, Pat Carney still has the green MG convertible. Carney got the car in March 2004, during the sessions for the Black Keys’ third record, Rubber Factory. I know because it still had te ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

R.I.P. Slabtown

Music Stories With Portlanders of every vintage so eager to ennoble the fallen, let us remember two things about Slabtown as the longtime Northwest venue fades into memory. Fairly or not, local nightlife pres ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Album Review: Purse Candy

Visions of a Healed Kingdom (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [DISCO POP] Purse Candy’s debut album will bring to mind a few questions, chief among them: “When did I start dancing?” It’s an album laden with simple grooves, but it will make you move ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Eyelids

854 (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews [INDIE-POP CLASSICISM] “Seagulls Into Submission,” the first song on Eyelids’ debut full-length, doesn’t storm out the gates so much as it glides. Hovering atop a graceful guitar riff an ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grouper

Ruins (Kranky)

Album Reviews [HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper, probably won’t ever be slotted into the same category of chanteuse as Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. What Harris has done in more than ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

The 11 Best Shows of Doug Fir’s First Decade

By Doug Fir’s bookers.

Top 5 Alicia Rose: Quasi and the Joggers (Oct. 9, 2004) This first night really set the pace for what was to come at Doug Fir. Sam and Janet of Quasi tore it up like they had built the place, and the ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Scary Monsters

With his stunning new album, Perfume Genius stops being sad and starts getting even.

Music Stories From a young age, Mike Hadreas has been keenly aware that his existence makes other people uncomfortable. To put it lightly, that used to bum him out. The first two albums he released as Perfume ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: King Tuff, Le Sera

Music Stories [MACABRE POP] Kyle Thomas, better known by the moniker King Tuff, likes spooky shit. Whether it’s conveyed sonically via ominous basslines, lyrically through references to graveyards and freak c ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by ASHLEY JOCZ

Bob Dylan vs. Jimmy Buffett

Music Stories Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffett are playing Portland the same night. One is the poet laureate of the ’60s, a bard of social upheaval and one of most crucial all-around figures of the 20th century. T ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide

MFNW 2014 On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Trial By Fire

The Growlers learn you can’t go home again—especially after your home burns to the ground.

Music Stories There comes a time in every young punk’s life when it’s time to abandon the squat and move on to bigger ventures. For Orange County’s the Growlers, that decision did not come voluntarily. ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Greylag: Album Review

Greylag (Dead Oceans)

Album Reviews [FOLK ROCK] Greylag’s self-titled album is a perfect introduction to Portland’s impending rainy season. The debut LP from the local three-piece is heavy on moody vocals and blustery instru ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Show Preview: Hozier, James Bay

Music Stories [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 ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Sallie Ford

Slap Back (Vanguard)

Album Reviews [CONFESSIONAL GARAGE ROCK] Sallie Ford’s debut solo album probably won’t earn the comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald she received with her previous band, the Sound Outside. On Slap Back, she s ... More

Oct 8, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Witch Mountain

Mobile of Angels (Profound Lore)

Album Reviews [DIRGE METAL] Witch Mountain’s Mobile of Angels starts with slow, bluesy riffage, which is exactly what fans have come to expect from the band after nearly 20 years together. But around the ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH
 

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