Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-872-1-.html Wed, 26 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 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 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]]> 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]]> 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]]> 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]]> Calamity Jane Saturday, July 24 - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12230-calamity_jane_saturday_july_24_.html 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 ]]> 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: 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,]]> <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]]> 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]]> 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]]> 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 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]]> 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]]> 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]]> 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]]> 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: 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, ]]> 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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<i>Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage</i> - Revenge of the—prog-metal—nerds. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-12092-rush_beyond_the_lighted_stage_revenge_of_themdashprog_metalmdashnerds.html Mongoloid Village <i>Mongoloid Village</i> - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10224-mongoloid_village_mongoloid_village_.html 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]]> 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: Opeth - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18052-primer_opeth_.html Formed: In 1990 in Stockholm. Sounds like: Swedish death metal from the ’90s having a fireside chat with progressive rock from the ’70s. For fans of: Morbid Angel, King Crimson, Camel, Metallica, ]]>