Elvis Has Left the Building

Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight.

Music Stories “What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained,... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

Introducing Seance Crasher

Music Stories Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn. Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.

Music Stories Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes and tables from a large wooden warehouse... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Lubec

The Thrall (Like Young)

Album Reviews [ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)

Album Reviews [BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER
 
 

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.

Music Stories 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

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Elvis Has Left the Building

Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight.

Music Stories “What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

Introducing Seance Crasher

Music Stories 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

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)

Album Reviews [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

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Lubec

The Thrall (Like Young)

Album Reviews [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

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)

Album Reviews [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

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.

Music Stories 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

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.

Music Stories 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 ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Gifts for the Queen

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?

Music Stories 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

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

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

Show Preview: Swans, Carla Bozulich, Grouper

Music Stories [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

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)

Album Reviews [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

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Music Preview: Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Have cornet, will travel.

Music Stories 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

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Musée Mécanique

From Shores of Sleep (Tender Loving Empire)

Album Reviews [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

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Castanets

Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)

Album Reviews [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

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL
 

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