Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-862-1-.html Sun, 04 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 From Obscuro to Hero - Sixto Rodriguez rises from the record bin of history. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19739-from_obscuro_to_hero_sixto_rodriguez_rises_from_the_record_bin_of_history.html Sixto Rodriguez is having his moment in the limelight. Finally.  The 70-year-old singer-songwriter from Detroit has been touring regularly since the beginning of the year, playing festivals]]> Punk Rock Jam-Band From Hell - Horror flicks and theremin squeals bring Blood Beach to life. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17765-punk_rock_jam_band_from_hell_horror_flicks_and_theremin_squeals_bring_blood_beach_to_life.html For many young musicians, “jamming” is one of the worst things a band can do. When I spoke to Nucular Aminals...]]> Tezeta Band Saturday, Jan. 29 - Five Fingers of Funk members come out of retirement to play Ethiopian funk and soul. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16766-tezeta_band_saturday_jan_29_five_fingers_of_funk_members_come_out_of_retirement_to_play_ethiopian_fu.html

  They don’t look like revivalists of the groove-heavy sound of vintage Ethiopian funk and soul. To the outside observer

Witch Mountain Saturday, April 9 - Good metal takes time. Lots of time. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17296-witch_mountain_saturday_april_9_good_metal_takes_time_lots_of_time.html [DOOM METAL] In the late ’70s, the musical movement known as the “new wave of British heavy metal” was born. Inspired by the trudging blues of bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath—as we]]> MusicfestNW 2013: When Neko Met K.D. - Two country-pop vocalists talk life on the road, life in the studio, and Loretta Lynn’s bologna. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21053-musicfestnw_2013_when_neko_met_kd_two_country_pop_vocalists_talk_life_on_the_road_life_in_the_studio.html Considering the connections one can make between the work and careers of K.D. Lang and Neko Case, it's amazing the two had, until last fall, never met in person. Both work in that murky and melod]]> Album Review: Eternal Tapestry - <i>Beyond The 4th Door</i> (Thrill Jockey) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17156-album_review_eternal_tapestry_beyond_the_4th_door_%28thrill_jockey%29.html [SACRAMENTAL VISIONS] It must be devastating for other bands to hear albums like Beyond the 4th Door. They rehearse their songs into the ground, stressing over every note and beat. Then here comes E]]> Better Toking Through Chemistry - Should you take Sour Diesel or Purple Kush for nausea? Science has the answer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18724-better_toking_through_chemistry_should_you_take_sour_diesel_or_purple_kush_for_nausea_science_has_th.html For recreational users, the only criterion for picking a strain of cannabis is the character of the high they want to get.  But for the medical user, the choice of strain can be vitally importa]]> Album Review: Black Pussy - <i>On Blonde</i> (Made In China Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18770-album_review_black_pussy_on_blonde_%28made_in_china_records%29.html [STONER ROCK] Everything you need to know about Black Pussy’s debut record can be summed up in the album’s first 10 seconds. The disc opens with the sound of a lighter flicking to life followe]]> Album Review: Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi - <i>Self-Titled</i> (K Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17493-album_review_tara_jane_oneil_and_nikaido_kazumi_self_titled_%28k_records%29.html [EXPERIMENTAL FLUTTERINGS] Tara Jane O’Neil is that rare musician who always sounds like she’s searching for new modes by which to  express her overwhelming supply of artistic ideas. While]]> E*Rock Friday, May 27 - The future is electronic. And dark. And kind of funny. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17518-e%2Arock_friday_may_27_the_future_is_electronic_and_dark_and_kind_of_funny.html [COMPUTER LOVE] When I arrive at the home of one of the Portland electronic music scene’s most important figures of the past decade, Eric Mast—better known by his pseudonym, E*Rock—he’s deep]]> Nucular Aminals Tuesday, June 28 - Happy accidents and brutal beatings formed Nucular Aminals’ sound. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17636-nucular_aminals_tuesday_june_28_happy_accidents_and_brutal_beatings_formed_nucular_aminals_sound.html [EFFORTLESSLY EDGY POP] As often happens when you sit down with a band to chat, the conversation really starts cooking when the tape isn’t rolling. After I’d shut off my recorder, three-fourths ]]> Album Review: Red Fang - <i>Murder The Mountains</i> (Relapse) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17401-album_review_red_fang_murder_the_mountains_%28relapse%29.html [HEAVINESS] The folks that pay attention to stuff like this (us music geeks) will notice two interesting things on the packaging of Red Fang’s second full-length LP: the logo for Relapse Records ]]> Album Review: Ash Black Bufflo - <i>Andasol</i> (Knitting Factory Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17494-album_review_ash_black_bufflo_andasol_%28knitting_factory_records%29.html [CINEMATIC POST-ROCK] Local music obsessives who pore over the liner notes of their LPs and CDs will probably recognize the name of Jay Clarke. Since moving to Portland, he has been a member of the]]> Album Review: Y La Bamba - <i>Court The Storm</i> (Tender Loving Empire) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18867-album_review_y_la_bamba_court_the_storm_%28tender_loving_empire%29.html [CULTURES CLASHING] The idea of mashing together the disparate worlds of conjuntos from south of the border and modern, rain-soaked pop is a great one. But Y La Bamba has never really been able to]]> The Parson Red Heads, Tuesday, Aug. 16 - The Parson Red Heads’ escape from L.A. led them to find peace in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17822-the_parson_red_heads_tuesday_aug_16_the_parson_red_heads_escape_from_la_led_them_to_find_peace_in_po.html [EASYGOING COUNTRY-POP] Hanging out with the Parson Red Heads, you get the sense that nothing in the world could shake this band’s inner calm and outward joy. Sitting around a table at Bar Bar ta]]> Monoplane Wednesday, Aug. 11 - This particular plane doesn't fly real far—but that's what its pilots prefer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12314-monoplane_wednesday_aug_11_this_particular_plane_doesnt_fly_real_farmdashbut_thats_what_its_pilots_p.html Talkdemonic: Tuesday, Oct. 4 - Portland’s finest working-class instrumental group tries a Hail Mary. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18001-talkdemonic_tuesday_oct_4_portlands_finest_working_class_instrumental_group_tries_a_hail_mary.html [INSTRUMENTAL MOODS] I thought Talkdemonic was too big for day jobs.  This is, after all, the same drums/electronics and viola duo that WW named Best New Band in 2005, that has toured the count]]> The Two-Year Itch - Dirty Mittens want you back, baby. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17713-the_two_year_itch_dirty_mittens_want_you_back_baby.html One of the more striking moments from last year’s MusicfestNW was watching a packed Berbati’s Pan lose its collective shit to the jumpy, giddy pop of Dirty Mittens. The band, especially firebra]]> Northern Exposure - A tour through the Vancouver music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19968-northern_exposure_a_tour_through_the_vancouver_music_scene.html Compared to spending a Friday night circling the streets of downtown Portland looking for a free parking spot, venturing 15 minutes north on I-5 and slipping into Vancouver’s city center at nigh]]> White Orange: Saturday, Sept. 17 - White Orange likes everything to be big and loud. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17953-white_orange_saturday_sept_17_white_orange_likes_everything_to_be_big_and_loud.html [HEAVINESS] For most bands, the rehearsal space that White Orange uses would be more square footage than they could ever need. The huge room, tucked into the back of a nondescript building in North ]]> Youth: Sunday, Nov. 27 - What’s in a name? When it comes to Youth, just about everything. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18228-youth_sunday_nov_27_whats_in_a_name_when_it_comes_to_youth_just_about_everything.html [POP] In recent weeks, Youth has been pulling opening-act duties across the West. This is the band’s first, as drummer Stephen Leisy puts it, “non-house-show tour.” “Typhoon has wanted to br]]> Album Review: Fake Hospital - <i>Never Use the Same Door Twice</i> (Self-released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18229-album_review_fake_hospital_never_use_the_same_door_twice_%28self_released%29.html [DUNGEON JAZZ] As a member of Million Brazilians, Grant Corum helps listeners and band members alike reach ecstatic heights with a dark, saxophone-laden sound the group calls “dungeon jazz.” F]]> Album Review: The Shivas - <i>Whiteout!</i> (K Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20479-album_review_the_shivas_whiteout__%28k_records%29.html [GARAGE POP] True fans of the Shivas have already heard the songs on their second album a dozen times over, either through seeing the quartet’s sensational live show or by purchasing a copy of W]]> Album Review: Tony Ozier - <i>BeatsGalore Vol. 1</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18095-album_review_tony_ozier_beatsgalore_vol_1_%28self_released%29.html [READY TO FLOW] Tony Ozier, the de facto leader of the musical collective known as the Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, has already proven his multi-instrumental and songwriting mettle in the group’s regu]]> Top Five Under-The-Radar Acts at What the Festival - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20917-top_five_under_the_radar_acts_at_what_the_festival_.html ThriftworksJake Atlas has been slowly seeping into the consciousness of the California electronic scene these past three years, via a quartet of crumbling, downtempo LPs. Topping his discography i]]> One World, One Wave - KBOO’s Sunday shows go around the world in 390 minutes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19270-one_world_one_wave_kboos_sunday_shows_go_around_the_world_in_390_minutes.html The charter for KBOO, Portland’s left-of-the-dial community radio station, vows to use its frequency to fill needs that other media doesn’t, bringing content to underserved groups. Tune in to ]]> Forgive Me Satan - My top five metal confessions. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12543-forgive_me_satan_my_top_five_metal_confessions.html Zola Jesus Thursday, May 5 - Nika Roza Danilova isn’t taking you for a ride—she’s really just kind of a weirdo. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17429-zola_jesus_thursday_may_5_nika_roza_danilova_isnt_taking_you_for_a_ride%E2%80%94shes_really_just_kin.html [BROODING DANCE MUSIC] The past two years have been relentless ones for Nika Roza Danilova, the musician who calls herself Zola Jesus. In 2010 alone, the 22-year-old Wisconsin native released five ]]> Bear & Moose: Thursday, Jan. 5 - Two’s company for this Portland rock duo. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18614-bear_moose_thursday_jan_5_twos_company_for_this_portland_rock_duo.html   [STRIPPED-DOWN ROCK] Contemporary Portland rock acts seem to fall into two distinct camps: Groups that pile as many bodies as possible on the stage to create a maelstrom of sound and impac]]> Ghost Riders - No Kind Of Rider moved here two years ago. It's time you noticed. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16559-ghost_riders_no_kind_of_rider_moved_here_two_years_ago_its_time_you_noticed.html