The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

Music Stories If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.

Music Stories Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)

Album Reviews [FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Eidolons

The Big Yellow Shirt/Hard Hang in a Deep Country (Self Released)

Album Reviews [WRY WIT] Delighting in slightly out-of-tune, jangled-up, country-infused... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Kevin Gates, Chevy Woods,Th3rd & D3, Stevo the Weirdo

Music Stories [SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH] When first listening to a record by Louisiana... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON
 
 

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

Music Stories If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.

Music Stories Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where he was studyi ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Kevin Gates, Chevy Woods,Th3rd & D3, Stevo the Weirdo

Music Stories [SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH] When first listening to a record by Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates, it’s pretty easy to pinpoint what makes him one of the most exciting young talents in hip-hop: the voice. ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Eidolons

The Big Yellow Shirt/Hard Hang in a Deep Country (Self Released)

Album Reviews [WRY WIT] Delighting in slightly out-of-tune, jangled-up, country-infused rock, with a Portland vibe riding roughshod over the entire endeavor, Eidolons has split 30 minutes of music into two ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Top Five Ideal Casting Choices For Characters From Hold Steady Songs

by Craig Finn

Top 5 Matt Dillon and Diane Lane as the couple from “Oaks.” Some of my favorite things ever are the S.E. Hinton books and the movies made from them (The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, etc.). Matt Dillon ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)

Album Reviews [FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: Dub Thompson, Paper/Upper/Cuts, Adventurous Sleeping

Music Stories [SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up nearby: Nothing cool has ever come out of Agoura Hills, Calif. Sure, the wealthy L.A. suburb has produced its share of nationally recognizable ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Grape God

Music Stories Sounds like: A chopped-and-screwed street-corner prophet trying to reveal the secrets of the universe after taking one too many Xanax. For fans of: Mac Dre, DJ Screw, Earl Sweatshirt, Sa-Ra Creativ ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Andrew Jackson Jihad: Saturday, July 26

Stuck inside of Michigan with the Christmas Island blues again.

Music Stories It’s hard to picture Sean Bonnette in Big Ten country. The Andrew Jackson Jihad frontman belongs back in Phoenix, gazing out on smoggy sunsets, working at a suicide hotline, skating at Encanto ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Something In The Waters

How do you solve a mystery like Hundred Waters? Don’t ask the band.

Music Stories A great album tells a story. Whether it’s a tale told literally or a purely emotional ride, a narrative thread can make a record feel like vastly more than the sum of its singles.  The Moon ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Denver

Rowdy Love (Mama Bird Recording Co.)

Album Reviews [STIFF COUNTRY] The byproduct of rocky relationships, loneliness and one too many drinks, Rowdy Love is nothing if not downtrodden. Denver’s sophomore record speaks to midlife troubles with th ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.

Music Stories When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)

Album Reviews [THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length, ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Top of the Pop

Ten bands you didn’t know you need to see at PDX Pop Now.

Music Stories If you’ve suddenly developed an interest in the racket being made in your backyard, there’s no easier way to orient yourself with the Portland music scene circa right now than PDX Pop Now. Thi ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sapient

Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [BRUTAL BEATS] For a good visual representation of what local rapper-beatmaker Sapient’s music sounds like, look no further than the cover of his latest album, Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger. ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by REED JACKSON

Album Review: Sara Jackson-Holman

River Queen (Expunged Records)

Album Reviews [PUSHING POP] It seems like a River Styx reference is right there. Portland-based Sara Jackson-Holman opens her latest EP, River Queen, with the line, “Take me with you when you go to the dept ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR
 

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