Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-872-1-.html Tue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Scene Report: Metal - Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21746-scene_report_metal_portland_is_finally_a_metal_hotbed_here_are_the_heavy_hitters_stoking_the_flames_.html Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red Fang]]> Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19623-portland_rock_trivia_twelve_absolutely_random_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_portland_music_scene.html 1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...]]> Giving Up the Ghost - Don’t fear the Reaper—even if it’s a really convincing-looking Reaper. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18709-giving_up_the_ghost_dont_fear_the_reaper%E2%80%94even_if_its_a_really_convincing_looking_reaper.html “A lot of black-metal bands have an agenda where they actually say, ‘We want you to kill yourself,’” bemoans Ghost’s frontman. “We don’t have an agenda. Our uppermost goal is not t]]> Bowling With The Devil - Jessie Rogers' heavy-metal bowling league is changing lives. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-11547-bowling_with_the_devil_jessie_rogers_heavy_metal_bowling_league_is_changing_lives.html Primer: Lost Lockets - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17454-primer_lost_lockets_.html Formed: In Portland in the deep winter of 2006. Sounds like: It sounds a lot like what David Lynch directing O Brother, Where Art Thou? would look like. For fans of: Gospel, Twin Peaks, Kate Bush, 4AD]]> <i>Lucia di Lammermoor</i> - Out for blood. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21953-lucia_di_lammermoor_out_for_blood.html Not many 19th-century Italian operas feature a chorus of men pointing rifles at the audience in the first five minutes. But Donizetti’s enduring masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor pulls few punch]]> The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition - <i>WW</i>’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21668-the_best_thing_i_heard_this_year_portland_edition_wws_music_staff_picks_its_favorite_local_albums_of.html Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle]]> Punk’s Not Dead - Final Warning returns to Portland after a 22-year hiatus. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9542-punkrss_not_dead_final_warning_returns_to_portland_after_a_22_year_hiatus.html Primer: Steely Dan - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17661-primer_steely_dan_.html Formed: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen met at Bard College in 1967. Sounds like: Yacht rock! For fans of: Michael McDonald, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, the Doobie Brothers, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan and E]]> Show Preview: Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22208-show_preview_bryan_ferry_dawn_landes_.html [LUXURY ROCK] At age 68, Bryan Ferry remains a study in contrasts. He made his name as the coke-addled, space-alien frontman of English glam titans Roxy Music, but outside of that towering, monu]]> Calamity Jane Saturday, July 24 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12230-calamity_jane_saturday_july_24_.html Halsey “Halseycaust” Swain - The wild life and wildlife of Portland’s most extreme visual artist. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20190-halsey_%E2%80%9Chalseycaust%E2%80%9D_swain_the_wild_life_and_wildlife_of_portlands_most_extreme_visu.html Illustrator Halsey Swain speaks in a matter-of-fact, almost backwoods drawl. Though she has called Portland home for five years, she was born in Marblehead, Mass., not far from the other Salem.&nb]]> Primer: Man Or Astroman? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16980-primer_man_or_astroman_.html Formed: Auburn, Ala., in 1992. Sounds like: The Ventures on a steady diet of Space Ghost and Hawkwind. For fans of: Surf rock, Link Wray, Dead Moon, Estrus Records, Mystery Science Theater 3000. Why you care: Man or Astroman? launched from its pad in the ]]> Top Five Goblin Soundtracks - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21345-top_five_goblin_soundtracks_.html Profondo Rosso (1975) When director Dario Argento decided to scrap composer Giorgio Gaslini’s score—and after Pink Floyd declined the job—he turned to Italian prog monsters Goblin to help c]]> Primer: Queens of the Stone Age - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17771-primer_queens_of_the_stone_age_.html Formed: In Palm Desert, Calif., 1997. Sounds like: Innovative corporate rock with pop hooks that shoots from the hip. Yup, that used to happen. For fans of: Kyuss, Devo, ZZ Top, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin,]]> Where’s your guitar? - Rollerball—Portland's best-kept secret for far too long. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9190-whererss_your_guitar_rollerballmdashportlands_best_kept_secret_for_far_too_long.html Album Review: Danava - <i>Hemisphere of Shadows</i> (Kemado) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18289-album_review_danava_hemisphere_of_shadows_%28kemado%29.html [METAL] On its self-titled debut album in 2006, local hard-rock band Danava established itself as a formidable power trio with a healthy laser-gloss of analog synth to push its sound into outer ]]> <i>Star Wars: Uncut</i> - Greedo shot first. Han shot his own movie. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18782-star_wars_uncut_greedo_shot_first_han_shot_his_own_movie.html A long time ago, a USC student named George transformed his love of Buck Rogers serials, pulp novels and Japanese cinema into the greatest space-opera film of all time. Since then, he’s redeco]]> Entrail Blazers - Exhuming Portland’s forgotten extreme metal pioneers. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20973-entrail_blazers_exhuming_portlands_forgotten_extreme_metal_pioneers.html Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are di]]> Move That Dope - The saga of Sleep’s stoner metal opus, as told by its Portland-based producer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23901-move_that_dope_the_saga_of_sleeps_stoner_metal_opus_as_told_by_its_portland_based_producer.html Sleep is a case study in the classic underground success story. High-school pals in San Jose, Calif., who went on to create a blueprint for modern  Sabbath-worshipping stoner metal, the ban]]> Iommi Bloody Iommi - Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21024-iommi_bloody_iommi_cancer_and_controversy_cant_stop_black_sabbaths_true_iron_man.html When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011, promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick]]> Lickity - Lickity's electro-party-punk was kind of an accident. No one's complaining. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9821-lickity_lickitys_electro_party_punk_was_kind_of_an_accident_no_ones_complaining.html Primer: Pallbearer - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20214-primer_pallbearer_.html Formed: In Little Rock, Ark., in 2008.  Sounds like: A slow march through brimstone fields at the end of time. For fans of: Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Electric Wizard, Burning Witch, funerals, ]]> Album Review: Lost Lockets - <i>Love Not Fear</i> (Cochon Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19300-album_review_lost_lockets_love_not_fear_%28cochon_records%29.html [SIREN SONGS] After several years in the making, the surrealist pop duo Lost Lockets has finally immortalized a collection of its finest tunes to wax. It’s never been easy to describe Lost Locke]]> Nick Cave’s Top Five Acts Of Violence - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22739-nick_caves_top_five_acts_of_violence_.html “Deep in the Woods”  Even back in ’83, Cave was already obsessed with drenching his Southern gothic tales in blood. The finale of the Birthday Party’s Bad Seed EP is a first-person a]]> Primer: Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19411-primer_ringo_starr_his_all_starr_band_.html Formed: In 1989, thanks to producer David Fishof, who envisioned a show where “everybody onstage is a star in their own right.”  Sounds like: The Travelling Wilburys with a stoned Caveman on]]> Primer: Paul Di’Anno - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20049-primer_paul_dianno_.html

Born: In 1958 in London.
Sounds like: Early Iron Maiden songs performed by less capable players who have not taken very good care of themselves.
For fans of: Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Tim “Ripper

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Album Review: Dirtclodfight - <i>The Main Sequence</i> (Cavity Search) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21773-album_review_dirtclodfight_the_main_sequence_%28cavity_search%29.html [SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back in 2004. Te]]> Stockholm Syndrome - Why metal fans should love First Aid Kit. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23490-stockholm_syndrome_why_metal_fans_should_love_first_aid_kit.html I hate to break it to you, but country music failed us. Once the genre of choice for outlaws and simple folks with big dreams, it’s become a streamlined industry of tepid tunes and Nashville]]> Album Review: Order Of The Gash - <i>Configuraton</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19162-album_review_order_of_the_gash_configuraton_%28self_released%29.html [DEATH METAL] Hearing Configuration makes me realize how many times I’ve seen Order of the Gash in DIY settings with inadequate sound systems. These three good folks operate without ego, alway]]>