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The Mountain Goats vs. The Wrestling Album!

Music Stories Professional wrestling isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of songwriter... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Omega Supreme Records: Saturday, May 30

Gotta have that funk? This is the label to get it from.

Music Stories Before he started his own record label, James Vance had already tried his hand at just... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Moorea Masa

Music Stories Sounds like: The point where hopeful whimsy meets potential heartbreak. For fans... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Ana Sia: Friday, May 29

Nom nom nom, untz untz untz.

Music Stories Is there any dish as cosmopolitan as curry? Spices and ingredients from... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)

Album Reviews [HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Satan’s Pilgrims

Frankenstomp (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SURFIN’ NW] Working primarily with Northwest imprints for ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR
 
 

Spin the Squared Circle

The Mountain Goats vs. The Wrestling Album!

Music Stories Professional wrestling isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of songwriter John Darnielle (even though “the Mountain Goats” is a totally viable tag-team name). But wit ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Moorea Masa

Music Stories Sounds like: The point where hopeful whimsy meets potential heartbreak. For fans of: Phox, Emily King, Feist, Jill Scott. At 22, Moorea Masa’s music career has already taken quite a few tu ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Omega Supreme Records: Saturday, May 30

Gotta have that funk? This is the label to get it from.

Music Stories Before he started his own record label, James Vance had already tried his hand at just about everything you would expect of someone who grew up submerged in hip-hop culture: graffiti, breakdan ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Ana Sia: Friday, May 29

Nom nom nom, untz untz untz.

Music Stories Is there any dish as cosmopolitan as curry? Spices and ingredients from hundreds of miles away, refined, blended and condensed on your plate. It’s no surprise that L.A. DJ Ana Sia turns to coo ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)

Album Reviews [HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard from Vursatyl, in the form of his group Lifesavas’ sprawling blaxploitation hip-hopera, Gutterfly. If Vurs were to put out a ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Satan’s Pilgrims

Frankenstomp (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SURFIN’ NW] Working primarily with Northwest imprints for more than 20 years has still allowed for Satan’s Pilgrims’ grab bag of surf and garage instrumentals to attain a sort of cultish ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Top Five Crucial Buys For Sasquatch

Top 5 1. Flannel The biggest rookie mistake is not packing the appropriate layers. Grab a Pendleton or Woolrich buffalo plaid for high fashion in the high desert of the Gorge, which gets quite chilly a ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Album Review: The Earnest Lovers

The Earnest Lovers (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [HOMEGROWN HONKY-TONK] The Earnest Lovers are aptly named, and not just for the pun on seminal Opry star Ernest Tubb. There’s no ironic remove in their material, just sincere love for traditio ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Introducing: Cat Hoch

Music Stories Sounds like: The sirens of Homer’s The Odyssey if it were adapted to film by Alejandro Jodorowsky. For fans of: The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Angels, St. Vincent, Celebration. Cat Ho ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by CRIS LANKENAU

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: Poison Idea

Confuse & Conquer (Southern Lord)

Album Reviews [HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’ ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)

Album Reviews [INTERNET ROCK] Like a proud father, Portland has watched the Helio Sequence grow over the years, from Beaverton startups playing the 24-hour Starbucks to Sub Pop darlings. Throughout, the duo o ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Copy

Chalice Agenda (Audio Dregs)

Album Reviews [SYNTHETIC POP] Copy entered the Portland music landscape in an era when indie-rock bands and laptop artists seemed to be facing off like two lame gangs from West Side Story. Then here was this ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by CASEY JARMAN
 

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