Willamette Week - News Stories http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-20-1-news_stories.html Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT+7 en hourly 1 Mack to the Future - Seattle's Macklemore is sincere, independent and huge. Is this the new face of hip-hop? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17947-mack_to_the_future_seattles_macklemore_is_sincere_independent_and_huge_is_this_the_new_face_of_hip_h.html “See everybody’s striving for that same shit/ To get paid and make it/ And I’ll be honest, I’m trying to become famous” —“Ego” (2005) Ben Haggerty has lost his train of thought. Mom]]> Missing Misery - Ready or not, Portland gets an Elliott Smith documentary from Los Angeles. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18112-missing_misery_ready_or_not_portland_gets_an_elliott_smith_documentary_from_los_angeles.html Gil Reyes isn’t sure what to expect when he finally screens his 2009 film, Searching for Elliott Smith, in Portland on Friday, eight years after the singer’s death.]]> You’re The Best—Around! - The <i>WW</i> music staff picks their best albums of 2011. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18583-you%E2%80%99re_the_best%E2%80%94around__the_ww_music_staff_picks_their_best_albums_of_2011.html Music Editor Casey Jarman’s top 15 local albums of the year. This was the year Portland came face-to-face with its blossoming, narrowly defined international reputation for “keeping it weir]]> Progress Without Pepper Spray - How a burger baron, four indie rockers, a bleeding-heart Muslim and a group of trash tour guides are fighting for the 99%. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18259-progress_without_pepper_spray_how_a_burger_baron_four_indie_rockers_a_bleeding_heart_muslim_and_a_gr.html The air is hot and humid in the Portland Building’s dimly lit second-floor auditorium. A mix of flannel-clad twentysomethings, long-haired retirees and fussy neighborhood-watch types have filled]]> Album Review: <i>Let it Rain</i> - Portland artists cover classic Portland songs for PDX Pop Now! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18797-album_review_let_it_rain_portland_artists_cover_classic_portland_songs_for_pdx_pop_now_.html [PORTLAND MUSIC] Why shouldn’t the navel-gazingest city in the country have a compilation of its current bands covering important bands from its past? We’ve got our own TV show, after all.&nbs]]> Album Review: Radiation City - <i>The Hands That Take You</i> (Apes Tapes) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16978-album_review_radiation_city_the_hands_that_take_you_%28apes_tapes%29.html [POST-WHATEVER] Moody, trip-hop-inspired indie pop. That’s what I’d call the music on Radiation City’s new full-length, The Hands That Take You. The local trio, which]]> Do Me A Kindness - <i>Winnebago Man</i> searches for what's behind the myth of Jack Rebney. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12307-do_me_a_kindness_winnebago_man_searches_for_whats_behind_the_myth_of_jack_rebney.html The Rise and Fall and Rise of Starfucker - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17398-the_rise_and_fall_and_rise_of_starfucker_.html In its infancy, Starfucker taught Portland indie-rock audiences how to dance. In dank basements and tiny clubs all over Portland, Josh Hodges’ explosive drum ’n’ synth one-man dance band soun]]> Same As It Ever Was - OLCC rule changes have done little to help Portland’s underage music fans. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19401-same_as_it_ever_was_olcc_rule_changes_have_done_little_to_help_portland%E2%80%99s_underage_music_fan.html Four years ago, there was hope that Portland’s midsized concert venues might start making room for kids. Music lovers were...]]> I Think I Was There - An oral history of Satyricon. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12560-i_think_i_was_there_an_oral_history_of_satyricon.html

In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...

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Summer Guide 2012: It’s Not a Portland Summer Until You’ve... - 39 ways to stretch the next few months as far as they’ll go. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19324-summer_guide_2012_it%E2%80%99s_not_a_portland_summer_until_you%E2%80%99ve_39_ways_to_stretch_the_nex.html Locals talk about “Portland summers” in near-spiritual terms. There’s a reason for that. In what are supposed to be the warmer months...]]> Last Man Standing - Kurt Thomas would rather foul out than fade away. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19093-last_man_standing_kurt_thomas_would_rather_foul_out_than_fade_away.html Kurt Thomas can’t compete with Blaze. The NBA’s oldest player and his team’s mascot are representing the Trail Blazers at Russell Academy’s rundown elementary school gymnasium in Northeast]]> Bar of the Year 2013 Runner Up No. 2: Blue Diamond - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20553-bar_of_the_year_2013_runner_up_no_2_blue_diamond_.html It’s 9:30 on a Monday night at Blue Diamond, and a band called Sumo is playing War’s “Spill the Wine” for a couple dozen regulars. A pretty brunette swing dances with a guy who’s old e]]> State Of The Artistery - An important Portland all-ages venue says goodbye (and good luck). http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17148-state_of_the_artistery_an_important_portland_all_ages_venue_says_goodbye_%28and_good_luck%29.html Five years may not seem an awfully long time, but for a Portland all-ages music venue, it’s an eternity. So in the half-decade that the Artistery has been open on Southeast Division Street—it ha]]> Album Review: Loch Lomond - <i>Little Me Will Start A Storm</i> (Tender Loving Empire) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16979-album_review_loch_lomond_little_me_will_start_a_storm_%28tender_loving_empire%29.html [WEIRDO OPERA] In the eyes of those haggard, cynical souls who haven’t been out to a local show in the past decade or so, Portland’s music scene has ]]> 24-Hours of Modern Warfare 3 - Six million <i>Modern Warfare 3</i> fans can’t be wrong…can they? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18184-24_hours_of_modern_warfare_3_six_million_modern_warfare_3_fans_can%E2%80%99t_be_wrong%E2%80%A6can_th.html About 24 hours ago, I started playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online in the middle of the Willamette Week office. I have stopped for food, bathroom breaks and occasional unescapable professio]]> Old Boys’ Club - Shiny new Portland makes Menomena and the Helio Sequence feel very old. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19624-old_boys%E2%80%99_club_shiny_new_portland_makes_menomena_and_the_helio_sequence_feel_very_old.html The Helio Sequence and Menomena have a lot in common. Both are made up of Portland-area natives (Beaverton, specifically). Both are signed to...]]> Winter Guide 2013: It’s Not a Portland Winter Until You’ve... - 32 ways to distract yourself during the dark days to come. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20165-winter_guide_2013_it%E2%80%99s_not_a_portland_winter_until_you%E2%80%99ve_32_ways_to_distract_yourse.html Only the strong survive Stumptown winters with all their marbles in the bag. Even those who claim to love the rainy season know that the gray, low-hanging clouds always transform from familiar fri]]> Waiting For Brandon - As Roy prepares his return to the Blazers, fans wonder where he’ll fit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16985-waiting_for_brandon_as_roy_prepares_his_return_to_the_blazers_fans_wonder_where_he%E2%80%99ll_fit.html Trail Blazer fans will probably see the return of Brandon Roy this week. Forgive them if they’re conflicted or can’t remember Roy playing—]]> Album Review: Lewi Longmire Band - <i>Tales of the Left Coast Roasters</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17637-album_review_lewi_longmire_band_tales_of_the_left_coast_roasters_%28self_released%29.html [TRUE FOLK ROCK] Lewi Longmire has been around the block a few times. In 2008, he traced his musical “family tree” for WW and the result was a vast spider web of connections: Longmire has played]]> Album Review: Luck-One - <i>True Theory</i> (Focused Noise) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17299-album_review_luck_one_true_theory_%28focused_noise%29.html [HIP-HOP] Luck-One is nothing if not enthusiastic. The MC’s bombastic excitement is understandable, considering he spent most of the aughts in prison. And that stint also explains why, since 2009,]]> Dirty Songbirds - On the eve of Peaches’ visit, we revisit filthy sex songs for the ages. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17900-dirty_songbirds_on_the_eve_of_peaches%E2%80%99_visit_we_revisit_filthy_sex_songs_for_the_ages.html There’s a reason sex comes first in the trio of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Doin’ it has always been the primary thematic interest of pop music, from Jerry Lee Lewis’ shakin’ to Tre]]> The Band That Wouldn’t Die - Critics hate it, radio won't play it, but thanks to its legion of rural and suburban fans, Floater lives on. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12133-the_band_that_wouldnrst_die_critics_hate_it_radio_wont_play_it_but_thanks_to_its_legion_of_rural_and.html Album Review: Pheasant - Self-Titled (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18798-album_review_pheasant_self_titled_%28self_released%29.html [INDIE ROCK] Somewhere between And And And’s carefree, swaggering basement pop and Typhoon’s controlled and confessional rock operettas, Pheasant is holding its ground. The local quintet’s s]]> PDX Pop Now! Yearbook, 2012 - Getting all sentimental over this year’s eclectic PDX pop crop. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19433-pdx_pop_now__yearbook_2012_getting_all_sentimental_over_this_year%E2%80%99s_eclectic_pdx_pop_crop.html Every year, the PDX Pop Now! festival offers a glimpse into the music that’s moving Portland. And despite this city’s recent reputation as a haven for confessional, tattooed singer-songwriters]]> Tex Mix - What Austin food trucks have that Portland food carts don’t. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18954-tex_mix_what_austin_food_trucks_have_that_portland_food_carts_don%E2%80%99t.html The Austin food-cart scene is not all steak, tacos and steak tacos. In fact, on my visit to what’s often considered the nation’s No. 2 food-cart town (Portland is tops, natch), I even found a ]]> Hotseat: Patty Mills - The Blazers’ recent run of victories has meant no playing time for one of fans’ favorite players. Is he bummed? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17277-hotseat_patty_mills_the_blazers%E2%80%99_recent_run_of_victories_has_meant_no_playing_time_for_one_o.html When Patty Mills is on the court, he’s a pinball. The 22-year-old Trail Blazer from Australia hoists up three-pointers without hesitation, hurtles his body into the lane and plays hyperactive, n]]> Q&A: Stephen Malkmus - The head Jick talks about moving to Berlin, the stock market and Nirvana. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18051-qa_stephen_malkmus_the_head_jick_talks_about_moving_to_berlin_the_stock_market_and_nirvana.html Stephen Malkmus has done a lot of interviews in his 20-odd years fronting Pavement and the Jicks.
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The Prince and the Queen - Liv Warfield has sung in front of 80,000 fans. She’s glad to be home. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18605-the_prince_and_the_queen_liv_warfield_has_sung_in_front_of_80000_fans_she%E2%80%99s_glad_to_be_home.html In 2006, there was no brighter shining light in Portland’s music scene than Liv Warfield. The R&B singer could bait audiences by laying smoky nu-soul vocal melodies over her band’s underst]]> Flip City - Portland is the center of the pinball galaxy. But why!? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11866-flip_city_portland_is_the_center_of_the_pinball_galaxy_but_why_.html