High Fidelity

The stoniest Portland albums ever.

Music Stories Oregon wasn’t the first state to legalize marijuana, but maybe that’s because we were too... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

The Five Stoniest Artists at the Waterfront Blues Fest

Top 5 Harper & the Midwest Kind (3 pm Thursday) Harper writes six-minute songs that... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by RUSTY FEATHERCAP

Introducing Alia Zin

Music Stories Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar if he went straight into the studio after hearing... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Dirtybird BBQ Saturday, July 4

The San Francisco dance label heats up the grill and hits the road.

Music Stories The blueprint for success in the world of dance music is clear: Get... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Flashback: Rabbits Playing Rotture’s Back Patio in Summer 2010

Music Stories "This is one of the two times we’ve played outside. At least... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)

Album Reviews [FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN
 
 

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

High Fidelity

The stoniest Portland albums ever.

Music Stories Oregon wasn’t the first state to legalize marijuana, but maybe that’s because we were too busy making heavy, trippy, funky or otherwise mind-expanding music to remember to mail in our ballots. Som ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Introducing Alia Zin

Music Stories Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar if he went straight into the studio after hearing Tupac for the first time. For fans of: Nas, Lauryn Hill, Digable Planets, Black Star, Joey Badass, Vinnie Dewayne. The ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Dirtybird BBQ Saturday, July 4

The San Francisco dance label heats up the grill and hits the road.

Music Stories The blueprint for success in the world of dance music is clear: Get a crew together, throw some parties, start a label. But for Barclay Crenshaw, Sean Williams and brothers Christian and Justin Martin ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Flashback: Rabbits Playing Rotture’s Back Patio in Summer 2010

Music Stories "This is one of the two times we’ve played outside. At least this one was at night. The barbecue got started late, but our friends hung in there, as is their way—pretty much the same people that ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

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

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: Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1

Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1 (Good Cheer)

Album Reviews [PORTLAND POP PRIDE] With a year in its rearview mirror, Portland’s Good Cheer Records formally introduces itself with Sounds Like…Good Cheer Vol. 1, which gives 16 bands a few minutes each to be ... More

Jul 1, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

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

Quiet Music Festival: Turn Down For Once

The Quiet Music Festival dares artists to enjoy the near-silence.

Music Stories A little over a decade ago, Chris Johanson’s ears turned against him. A visual artist and musician, the 46-year-old has long suffered from tinnitus. Until about 2003, it had been manageable. Short ... More

Jun 24, 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: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)

Album Reviews Benjamin Wuamett sings with the nasally scratch one might associate with a rusty Victrola. It’s a fitting accoutrement for Ezra Bell, a band that seems to go instrument shopping at rummage sales. Bu ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Eyelids

Eyelids (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews The members of Eyelids have never played coy about what they are: Five rock-’n’-roll lifers paying homage to their record collections. 854, the band’s 2014 debut, made plain its devotion to the ... More

Jun 24, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Red Yarn

Deep Woods Revival (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [ANIMAL FOLK SONGS] It’s rare that you get to think critically about an album mostly concerned with cabbage, squirrels and jigging along home. But here we are with Red Yarn’s Deep Woods Revi ... More

Jun 17, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD
 

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