The 2015 PDX Pop Now! Yearbook

A look at eight of the superlative acts playing the annual local music festival.

Music Stories IMAGE: WW StaffValedictorian: Vinnie Dewayne <a href="http://vinniedewayne.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-passage-ep-before-the-scholar">Rites... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

MFNW Preview: Battles

Music Stories The idea of a math-rock outfit having enough cachet to be considered a “supergroup” may be a tad silly to the uninitiated, but it may... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Heems: Wednesday, July 22

In his old group, irony ruled. Now he’s finally getting real.

Music Stories Himanshu Suri has stories. Stories that, for years, he never told. His formative years were spent in post-9/11 New York. Xenophobia... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thursday, July 23

Drummer Riley Geare is UMO’s backbone, but he’s also one of Portland’s rising studio wizards.

Music Stories A glance at Riley Geare’s wrist will tell you he hasn’t been home for a few weeks. He was, until recently, on the road,... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Jamie XX, Mattis: Saturday, July 25

Music Stories [INVENTED NOSTALGIA] In the lead-up to the release of U.K. polite-house producer Jamie XX’s brilliant debut solo... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
 
 

The 2015 PDX Pop Now! Yearbook

A look at eight of the superlative acts playing the annual local music festival.

Music Stories IMAGE: WW StaffValedictorian: Vinnie Dewayne <a href="http://vinniedewayne.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-passage-ep-before-the-scholar">Rites of Passage EP: Before the Scholar by Vinnie Dewayne ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Blowout

Music Stories Who: Laken Wright (bass, vocals), Travis King (guitar), Brennan Facchino (guitar), Nick Everett (drums).  Sounds like: A buzzed and sunny downhill bike ride on the last day of school. For fan ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

MFNW Preview: Battles

Music Stories The idea of a math-rock outfit having enough cachet to be considered a “supergroup” may be a tad silly to the uninitiated, but it may be time to finally humor your barista with the one-man looping ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Heems: Wednesday, July 22

In his old group, irony ruled. Now he’s finally getting real.

Music Stories Himanshu Suri has stories. Stories that, for years, he never told. His formative years were spent in post-9/11 New York. Xenophobia was high, and for an Indian-American teenager living in a South Asia ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Jamie XX, Mattis: Saturday, July 25

Music Stories [INVENTED NOSTALGIA] In the lead-up to the release of U.K. polite-house producer Jamie XX’s brilliant debut solo record, In Colour, a clear narrative emerged from the banks of samples, sirens and po ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thursday, July 23

Drummer Riley Geare is UMO’s backbone, but he’s also one of Portland’s rising studio wizards.

Music Stories A glance at Riley Geare’s wrist will tell you he hasn’t been home for a few weeks. He was, until recently, on the road, playing drums with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and his forearm is a rainbow of ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Vacilando

While They Were Dancing (Fluff & Gravy)

Album Reviews [STONED ROOTS] It should maybe fall under the full-disclosure category that I’m a huge fan of sleepy, atmospheric, low-tempo, vaguely Midwestern pop tunes that feature the pedal steel guitar. The mo ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)

Album Reviews [PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

While Sleeping Stay Awake (Riding Easy)

Album Reviews [GATEWAY METAL] Sons of Huns’ sophomore album has significantly upped the ante from their 2013 debut, Banishment Ritual. In nine songs, the trio kicks down the garage door and blasts out onto a high ... More

Jul 22, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Best New Music: The Domestics

The Domestics (Tender Loving Empire)

Best New Portland Music [POP ROCK] There’s an intriguing dichotomy at work with the Domestics, one that enhances each musical story of heartbreak and longing told by principal members Michael Finn and Leo London. On ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Top Five Quotes From Shellac’s Steve Albini

Top 5 1. “If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up.” 2. “You can’t imbue awesomeness into something that actually sucks. And in its way, something that sucks full-bore su ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

MFNW Preview: Milo Greene

Music Stories Whether it was their intention to create a festival-ready powerhouse or not, the four college friends who comprise Milo Greene are most definitely bound for greatness. Full-on democracy can make even ... More

Jul 8, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

The Five Stoniest Artists at the Waterfront Blues Fest

Top 5 Harper & the Midwest Kind (3 pm Thursday) Harper writes six-minute songs that combine harmonica and didgeridoo, and his band has the word “kind” in its name. “Love equals peace equals ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by RUSTY FEATHERCAP

Five Lessons Playing With Bootsy Collins Has Taught Me

Top 5 1. Everything is on the one. 2. It’s all about the groove. Never sacrifice the groove for anything else. 3. Funk is making something out of nothing. That’s how funk got started—from Larry ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by FARNELL NEWTON

Top Five Local Music Podcasts

Top 5 1. Party Boyz (soundcloud.com/party-boyz-pdx) Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder—Portland’s Abbi and Ilana—shoot the shit with various local bands over brunch, often with hilariously digre ... More

Jun 3, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2015

10 Portland artists local music experts think you must hear.

Cover Story In Portland, if you build a music venue, the bands will come. And if you pave it over and put up condos? Well, the bands will find a warehouse, basement or Ethiopian restaurant to play in. No matt ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Divers: Portland's Best New Band 2015

Best New Band POINTS: 122  FORMED: 2010 SOUNDS LIKE: Bruce Springsteen and Paul Westerberg took over as the house band at a blue-collar bar somewhere in the Rust Belt—then robbed the bar, ran from th ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

2. The Domestics

2015 Best New Band Poll Runner-Up

Best New Band POINTS: 77 FORMED:  2013 SOUNDS LIKE:  Two strangers in a bar at closing time, swapping stories of relationships gone bad until their voices conjoin in bittersweet harmony. A month be ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

4./5. Sama Dams

2015 Best New Band Poll finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 49FORMED: 2011SOUNDS LIKE: Stumbling into a dark industrial warehouse and hearing a warped jazz album playing somewhere in the shadows.When interviewing the members of Sama Dams, answers typ ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

3. Máscaras

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 71.5FORMED: 2013SOUNDS LIKE: The house band for the end of the world playing the last basement party on Earth.On the patio of the Cement Building, the austere, gray rehearsal complex under t ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

4./5. Talkative

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 49FORMED: 2010SOUNDS LIKE: Martians hosting a psych-rock festival inside a funhouse.Most people who’ve been to Eugene know Sam Bond’s Garage. The small, rustic bar’s rickety old stage ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

6./7. Myke Bogan

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2012.SOUNDS LIKE: Going one toke over the line and challenging your subconscious fears to a rap battle—and losing.Myke Bogan’s parents just don’t understa ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

6./7. Vinnie Dewayne

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2009.SOUNDS LIKE: Kendrick Lamar’s cousin who really got into The Warm Up-era J. Cole but wanted more atmospheric beats.Vinnie Dewayne is feeling good. Drivin ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by PARKER HALL

8. Eyelids

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 34.5FORMED: 2013.SOUNDS LIKE: Pacific Northwest indie rock steeped in Southern California psychedelia, with all of the vibes and none of the lethargy.Chris Slusarenko has lost his train of tho ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by TED JAMISON

9./10. Psychomagic

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 33FORMED: 2013.SOUNDS LIKE: A broken kaleidoscope designed to give flower children bad trips. Normally, when you ask a band, “How did you get together?” the answer is going to be pr ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

9./10. Rasheed Jamal

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist

Best New Band POINTS: 33FORMED: Started performing in 2011.SOUNDS LIKE: A series of Southern-fried subreddits set to stark, minimalist beats.Rasheed Jamal is a rising figure in Portland hip-hop, but he says he’ll ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Five Past Best New Band Finalists Re-Emerging In 2015

Top 5 1. Copy (No. 1, 2006) The keytar-wielding, video-game-hero-come-to-life is releasing his first album in five years this week (see review). 2. Valet (No. 3, 2008) In June, Honey Owens’ etherea ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Local Sleater-Kinney Landmarks

Top 5 1. Southwest Broadway  The photo on the cover of 1999’s The Hot Rock depicts the band hailing a cab downtown, the Schnitz’s iconic “Portland” sign visible in the background a few blocks ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Most Tear-Jerking Moments Jose Gonzalez Has Soundtracked

Top 5 The O.C., “The Dearly Beloved” Song: “Crosses”  Scene: Seth tells Summer he’s worried about his mother’s drinking. Weepiest lyric: “Crosses all over, heavy on your shoulders/The ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Half Past, Present Pending (Fluff And Gravy)

Album Reviews [SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Coykendall is known primarily for his role as a producer and engineer who helps build robust soundscapes for some of Portland’s best bands, from M. Ward to Blitzen Tra ... More

Jul 15, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)

Album Reviews [FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Joel Magid

Pyramids (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [LYSERGIC LOVESICKNESS] Even psychedelic troubadours get the blues. On his second album, Joel Magid sounds heartsick and hung over, his head hanging heavy with shame, as he ponders the bodies left to ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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