A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.
Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes
and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida
corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the
city, but i ... More
Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn.
Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip ... More
[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will
hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all
the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha ... More
[ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to
convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11
tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city. ... More
[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past
three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere.
In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often ... More
Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.
Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not
a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake,
rea ... More
Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.
Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in
college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began
writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of
It’s Beyoncé’s birthday, so we shook the Portland Beyhive to ask: What do you get the R&B star who has it all?
1. “The only thing I can think of that Bey doesn’t have (to my knowledge) is a patent on her amazingly perfect thighs.” —Natasha Kmeto, singer-producer
2. “I would give her a cocker ... More
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
[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans
would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an
urban myth, but it might as well be true ... More
[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed
from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has
so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side
projec ... More
Some years ago, while jazz composer-cornetist Taylor Ho
Bynum was at his day job at New York’s Creative Capital Foundation, he
gazed up at a map of the United States and, remembering the 800-m ... More
[ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A
smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t
seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their ... More
[FREAK FOLK] Like much of Raymond Raposa’s other work under the Castanets moniker, the swaggering variance on Decimation Blues
reveals itself to be the strongest case for his existence in a realm ... More