Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1410-1-.html Fri, 09 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Exploding Hearts 4Ever - 10 years ago, a car crash wiped out Portland’s biggest punk band. Finally, the sole survivor tells all. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20441-exploding_hearts_4ever_10_years_ago_a_car_crash_wiped_out_portlands_biggest_punk_band_finally_the_so.html The Exploding Hearts are the biggest “what if” in the history of Portland music. Ten years ago next week, the band released its first and only album, Guitar Romantic, a record brimming with sh]]> <i>Honey Badger Don’t Care</i> - Ew, this book is nasty. Randall don’t give a shit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18700-honey_badger_dont_care_ew_this_book_is_nasty_randall_dont_give_a_shit.html The Honey Badger is a tenacious beast indeed. The meme, originated in a YouTube video that channeled the Crocodile Hunter through South Park’s Big Gay Al, has spread like germs in a grade-scho]]> Book Review: <i>Glaciers</i> - Memories, like corner thrift-store finds. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18618-book_review_glaciers_memories_like_corner_thrift_store_finds.html Book-loving, twentysomething thrift-store shoppers will find local author Alexis Smith’s Glaciers at home in their hands. Smith’s debut novel’s main character, Isabel, is the epitome of the ]]> Cavalia - Creepy billboards aside, the show’s a wild ride. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18235-cavalia_creepy_billboards_aside_the_shows_a_wild_ride.html You are living under a rock if you haven’t heard about Cavalia, the show often described, at least around our office, as “Cirque du Soleil with horses.” ]]> Pop Art - The baroque Coke of Soda Pagoda. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18058-pop_art_the_baroque_coke_of_soda_pagoda.html Richard Anders places a yellow, 8-ounce soda can labeled “Bird’s Nest” on the table in front of me. “It’s made with white fungus and bird spit,” he says. The beverage is cloudy and has t]]> <i>How Georgia Became O’Keeffe</i> - Not to mention how Karen became Karbo. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18568-how_georgia_became_okeeffe_not_to_mention_how_karen_became_karbo.html Bookstores already dedicate whole shelves to Georgia O’Keeffe. That didn’t stop Portland author Karen Karbo from adding one more book, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Livi]]> Antique Metal Machine Music - The chamber-pop perfectionists of Musée Mécanique ready their second album. It’s about damn time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20916-antique_metal_machine_music_the_chamber_pop_perfectionists_of_mus%C3%A9e_m%C3%A9canique_ready_their_.html Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rabwin, the 33-year-old founding members of Portland folk quintet Musée Mécanique, are casually sitting on the sandy shore of Sellwood Riverfront Park. The breeze ripples ]]> Album Review: Black Prairie - <i>A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart</i> (Sugar Hill) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19668-album_review_black_prairie_a_tear_in_the_eye_is_a_wound_in_the_heart_%28sugar_hill%29.html [WORLDLY ACOUSTIC] For the five members of Black Prairie—all of whom come from well-established acts such as the Decemberists and Dolorean—the band is an experimental melting pot. Letting lo]]> Headout: Waltz No. 02 - <i>The Next Waltz</i> finds Portlanders re-creating The Band's last gig. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18223-headout_waltz_no_02_the_next_waltz_finds_portlanders_re_creating_the_bands_last_gig.html The Last Waltz—The Band’s farewell concert that Martin Scorsese turned into an acclaimed rockumentary—turns 35 this week. To mark the anniversary, 50 Portland musicians pay tribute by re-enactin]]> Theo Craig (Rontoms Sunday Sessions) - Meet the man who made a Burnside bar the epicenter for Portland music. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20216-theo_craig_%28rontoms_sunday_sessions%29_meet_the_man_who_made_a_burnside_bar_the_epicenter_for_port.html Theo Craig is one of Portland’s biggest music fans. In January 2012, the chatty, affable 35-year-old became the sole talent buyer for the free Sunday Sessions at Rontoms, which have since tran]]> Album Review: Tango Alpha Tango - <i>Live From the Banana Stand</i> (Banana Stand) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20029-album_review_tango_alpha_tango_live_from_the_banana_stand_%28banana_stand%29.html [BLUES ROCK] Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is best experienced amid a crowded room of sweaty guitar junkies. Logically, then, a well-mixed live album is the next greatest thing. Captured last y]]> Q&A: Jim Lommasson - The Portland photographer tells the story of Oregon’s Iraqi refugees. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18036-qa_jim_lommasson_the_portland_photographer_tells_the_story_of_oregons_iraqi_refugees.html Portland photographer Jim Lommasson is a storyteller. He has two documentary books under his belt, Shadow Boxers: Sweat, Sacrifice, and the Will to Survive in American Boxing Gyms and Oaks Park Pentim]]> Album Review: Horse Feathers - <i>Cynic’s New Year</i> (Kill Rock Stars) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19070-album_review_horse_feathers_cynics_new_year_%28kill_rock_stars%29.html [SUBDUED CRAFTSMANSHIP] Horse Feathers is a band of subtleties. Creating a rich sonic space using soft arrangements and minimalist instrumentation is quite a feat. Yet, the Portland band’s fou]]> Home Is Where the Guitar Is - M. Ward finally finds his way back to Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19665-home_is_where_the_guitar_is_m_ward_finally_finds_his_way_back_to_portland.html M. Ward has been busy. Aside from building his own well-established repertoire, the guitar-savvy, gravelly voiced musician and...]]> Truckstop Darlin’: Saturday, June 9 - How many twangs does it take to get to the alt-country center of a local rock band? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19272-truckstop_darlin_saturday_june_9_how_many_twangs_does_it_take_to_get_to_the_alt_country_center_of_a_.html [TWANG-ROCK] When Nick Foltz’s input dislodged from his bass during a recent Truckstop Darlin’ performance, he ran offstage mid-song in search of a quick fix. Within less than two tunes, he ha]]> <i>Pulphead</i> John Jeremiah Sullivan - American culture, with equal doses of insight and humor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18214-pulphead_john_jeremiah_sullivan_american_culture_with_equal_doses_of_insight_and_humor.html Writing compelling copy about the country’s largest Christian rock festival takes a rare breed of writer. Infusing the power of shared human experience and the complexity of multigenerational ]]> Greylag: Wednesday, Aug. 29 - A late-night jam in Louisville begets a great band in Portland. Who’da thunk? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19590-greylag_wednesday_aug_29_a_late_night_jam_in_louisville_begets_a_great_band_in_portland_whoda_thunk.html [INDIE FOLK] In 2007, Daniel Dixon left his home in California to chase a girl in Louisville. Instead, his stay in Kentucky yielded a fateful encounter with Andrew Stonestreet. The first night the]]> Album Review: Weinland - <i>Los Processaur</i> (Woodphone/Jealous Butcher) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19792-album_review_weinland_los_processaur_%28woodphone_jealous_butcher%29.html [FOLK ROCK] Forget the quiet, rainy-day Weinland of yesteryear. Within the first few measures of opening track “Bones Cracking In,” the Portland band’s fourth album, Los Processaur, deviat]]> Battleme: Saturday, March 2 - How losing his sight helped Matt Drenik find his voice. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20298-battleme_saturday_march_2_how_losing_his_sight_helped_matt_drenik_find_his_voice.html [BASEMENT MIXTAPE] In the fall of 2009, Matt Drenik, then the frontman for Austin-based band Lions, was about to head to the United Kingdom for the biggest tour of his career. Two weeks before l]]> Album Review: The Ocean Floor - <i>Falling Star Castle</i> (Single Girl Married Girl) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19939-album_review_the_ocean_floor_falling_star_castle_%28single_girl_married_girl%29.html [EXPERIMENTAL POP] Lane Barrington’s last album was full of questions. Literally. It’s called Pop Quiz, and every track title ends in a question mark. The frontman of the Ocean Floor, which st]]> New Flames - Angel Olsen has been singing her entire life. Only now has she found her voice. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22068-new_flames_angel_olsen_has_been_singing_her_entire_life_only_now_has_she_found_her_voice.html Angel Olsen made it clear at the start of her career that she wasn’t afraid to use her voice.  Her solo debut, the 2011 EP Strange Cacti, was bare-boned, acoustic and raw, and highlighted b]]> Shadows On Stars: Wednesday, July 4 - No one looks like a badass in sweatpants. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19378-shadows_on_stars_wednesday_july_4_no_one_looks_like_a_badass_in_sweatpants.html [POP WITH SWAGGER] Before meeting Brian Vincent and Randa Leigh of Portland’s Shadows on Stars, one imagines them as badasses with synthesizers who just don’t give a fuck. In photos and videos]]> SoHiTek Records: Wednesday, May 8 - Not every young person comes to Portland to retire. Some start record labels. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20595-sohitek_records_wednesday_may_8_not_every_young_person_comes_to_portland_to_retire_some_start_record.html The founder of SoHiTek Records, 30-year-old Erik Carlson, lives the quintessential Portland dream. Aside from owning and operating his own homegrown record label, he also curates the SoHiTek visua]]> Primer: Megafaun - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18976-primer_megafaun_.html Formed: 2006 in North Carolina. Sounds like: Improvisational folk musicians prone to frequent jazz, experimental and rock seizures.  For fans of: The Grateful Dead, Blitzen Trapper, Akron/Famil]]>