Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-894-1-.html Mon, 30 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Album Review: Redwood Son - <i>The Lion’s Inside</i> (8 Ball Records) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17579-album_review_redwood_son_the_lions_inside_%288_ball_records%29.html [ROOTS-ROCK COCKTAIL] If opening tracks are meant to forecast an album’s mood, then “Long Fall,” the first cut off Redwood Son’s two-disc debut effort, The Lion’s Inside, signals clear sk]]> Midlake: Friday, Dec. 13 - Texas folk rockers find there is life after losing your lead singer. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21622-midlake_friday_dec_13_texas_folk_rockers_find_there_is_life_after_losing_your_lead_singer.html Eric Pulido hardly hesitates when asked the obvious question. “No, we never thought about quitting,” says Midlake’s founding guitarist and new frontman. “We had a record to finish.” In 2]]> Album Review: Denver - <i>Rowdy Love </i> (Mama Bird Recording Co.) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22790-album_review_denver_rowdy_love_%28mama_bird_recording_co%29.html [STIFF COUNTRY] The byproduct of rocky relationships, loneliness and one too many drinks, Rowdy Love is nothing if not downtrodden. Denver’s sophomore record speaks to midlife troubles with th]]> Lawz Spoken’s <i>CHRON: Legacy</i> - A weed-scented, hip-hop crime drama, with an ’80s sound and a ’90s soul. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20271-lawz_spokens_chron_legacy_a_weed_scented_hip_hop_crime_drama_with_an_80s_sound_and_a_90s_soul.html A suburban upbringing leaves lasting and vivid impressions that rival those produced by even the dankest of joints. Matthew Gonzales can testify. The Portland producer, known as both Lawz Spoken]]> 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]]> Tyler Stenson Friday, Sept. 11 - Local songwriter decides to test out his Portland rsum in Music City. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10990-tyler_stenson_friday_sept_11_local_songwriter_decides_to_test_out_his_portland_r%E9sum%E9_in_music_c.html Album Review: Adventure Galley - <i>Anywhere That’s Wild</i> (Internet Piracy) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21529-album_review_adventure_galley_anywhere_thats_wild_%28internet_piracy%29.html [GLOW WAVE] At first, you would’ve been hard-pressed to make any connections between Portland sextet Adventure Galley and Arcade Fire. But when Win Butler and company reinvented themselves earli]]> Album Review: Portugal. The Man - <i>Evil Friends</i> (Atlantic) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20694-album_review_portugal_the_man_evil_friends_%28atlantic%29.html [ANTHEMIC ROCK] More often than not, when Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton produces a record, his involvement turns out to be a blessing. His work with James Mercer in Broken Bells imparted an ap]]> Album Review: Cait Olds - <i>Prison City</i> (Gorbie International) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19771-album_review_cait_olds_prison_city_%28gorbie_international%29.html [BEDROOM FOLK] There’s a sense of quiet Western solitude in Cait Olds’ work. The Portland-via-California songwriter recorded full-length debut Prison City at Materials to Outlet, Jake Kelly’s ]]> Top Five Can’t-Miss Sets at the Sasquatch! Festival - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17517-top_five_cant_miss_sets_at_the_sasquatch__festival_.html Matt and Kim (Saturday, 7:30 pm, Bigfoot Stage) Flexing the likability of the Portland Timbers and the infectious charm of the Muppets, Brooklyn’s dance-rock duo is the band you always wanted to p]]> Newer Slang - James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22876-newer_slang_james_mercer_on_nostalgia_old_portland_and_how_broken_bells_saved_the_shins.html James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back ]]> Show Preview: Hozier, James Bay - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23323-show_preview_hozier_james_bay_.html [RUSTIC SOUL] While it's easy to bask in the warm glow of Sam Smith and the Black Keys individually these days, why not embrace an artist who evokes both? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is a ]]> Pony Village: Sunday, Nov. 18 - Indie rock inspired by late nights, early mornings and the cold, gray Northwest (and a little Phil Spector, too). http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19886-pony_village_sunday_nov_18_indie_rock_inspired_by_late_nights_early_mornings_and_the_cold_gray_north.html [BLEARY-EYED ROCK] It’s 5 am on election night, and Ryan Barber is just getting home from his job as sound guy at Kelly’s Olympian. The presidential race was called hours ago, and the Pony V]]> Album Review: Kenny Feinstein - <i>Loveless: Hurts To Love</i> (Fluff & Gravy) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21119-album_review_kenny_feinstein_loveless_hurts_to_love_%28fluff_gravy%29.html [COWBOY BOOTGAZE] A great cover album not only pays homage to a beloved musician but reimagines the music itself. And while there’s little new about covering My Bloody Valentine, Portland’s Ke]]> MusicfestNW 2013: Animal Collective - For these veteran experimentalists, distance makes the music grow weirder. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21051-musicfestnw_2013_animal_collective_for_these_veteran_experimentalists_distance_makes_the_music_grow_.html Noah Lennox has some advice for bands on the international touring circuit. “Don’t say you’re in ‘a psychedelic experimental band’ when going through customs,” says the artist better]]> The Wanteds. Friday, Sept. 19 - The unapologetically unhip Wanteds can make it here, anywhere. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-9544-the_wanteds_friday_sept_19_the_unapologetically_unhip_wanteds_can_make_it_here_anywhere.html Album Review: Laura Veirs - <i>Warp & Weft</i> (Raven Marching Band) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21003-album_review_laura_veirs_warp_weft_%28raven_marching_band%29.html [REFINED COUNTRY] A thread of kinship runs through Laura Veirs’ ninth studio album. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, Warp & Weft explores the joy and stress of being a parent, to the tune o]]> Album Review: The Woolen Men - <i>The Woolen Men</i> (Woodsist) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20396-album_review_the_woolen_men_the_woolen_men_%28woodsist%29.html [PUNK ’N’ ROLL] When Portland garage-rock trio the Woolen Men signed with New York label Woodsist late last year, you could almost hear the city gasp. Would our beloved, punk-tinged lo-fi grou]]> Top Five Promising Tribute Shows This Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19331-top_five_promising_tribute_shows_this_week_.html Replacements tribute (Star Theater, Wednesday)Chase a screening of the excellent Color Me Obsessed with a musical tribute to the band that made rock ’n’ roll cool again.Joey Porter does Sly and th]]> Introducing...: Bearcubbin' - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22468-introducing_bearcubbin_.html Who: Chris Scott (guitar, keyboards), Mike Byrne (drums, electronics), Patrick Dougherty (bass). Sounds like: An intense Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting where all arguments are made on electric guitars]]> Album Review: Neal Morgan - <i>Neal Morgan</i> (Party Damage) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22602-album_review_neal_morgan_neal_morgan_%28party_damage%29.html [TALKING DRUMS] Neal Morgan is best known for his percussion work with Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom. With Newsom, in particular, Morgan has contributed some of the most meticulous yet minimal]]> Introducing...: Grandhorse - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21770-introducing_grandhorse_.html Who: Adam Steinfink (guitar, vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Adam Smith (bass, vocals), Devon Shirley (drums). Sounds Like: Pedro the Lion on a moderate dose of uppers. For fans of: R.E.M., Stephen M]]> Album Review: Broken Bells - <i>After the Disco</i> (Columbia) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21797-album_review_broken_bells_after_the_disco_%28columbia%29.html [VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco, you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his P]]> Animal Eyes: Wednesday, Nov. 6 - Spacious psychedelic prog rock born in Alaska, made in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21470-animal_eyes_wednesday_nov_6_spacious_psychedelic_prog_rock_born_in_alaska_made_in_portland.html First impressions are huge, especially in music. It’s no wonder, then, that Animal Eyes bears a certain resemblance to another beloved Portland band, discovered during its formative years. C]]> Album Review: Corin Tucker Band - <i>Kill My Blues</i> (Kill Rock Stars) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19742-album_review_corin_tucker_band_kill_my_blues_%28kill_rock_stars%29.html [PARENTAL PUNK] Collaboration cures what ails you. Corin Tucker took this for granted in the immediate wake of Sleater-Kinney’s breakup, evidenced by the Portlander’s introverted approach on]]> Primer: Sufjan Stevens - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19971-primer_sufjan_stevens_.html Born: In 1975 in Detroit.  Sounds like: The musical equivalent of childhood wonder. For fans of: Highly conceptualized folk, choirlike vocal richness, unobtrusive biblical references, found s]]> MusicfestNW 2014: The Antlers - Peter Silberman invites the world into his bedroom. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22902-musicfestnw_2014_the_antlers_peter_silberman_invites_the_world_into_his_bedroom.html In 2009, Brooklyn trio the Antlers released Hospice, a sobering concept album equating a decaying relationship with terminal illness. It was a quiet, intelligent record constructed from orchestral]]> Album Review: Coronation - <i>Rumor</i> (Warble) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22116-album_review_coronation_rumor_%28warble%29.html [PROTO DANCE] In 1971, Bernhard Mikulski started ZYX Records, feeding an insatiable Western appetite for dance music. The German label clasped dance to rock using newfound electronic instrumenta]]> WL: Sunday, July 14 - Dreaming in the rain. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20869-wl_sunday_july_14_dreaming_in_the_rain.html [SHOEGAZE] Michael Yun was ready to call it a no-show. A few winters ago, the guitarist sat in his house in St. Johns, listening to the downpour outside and waiting for the singer who so impressed]]> Album Review: Blouse - <i>Imperium</i> (Captured Tracks) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21149-album_review_blouse_imperium_%28captured_tracks%29.html [EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium, Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from the tail end of the New Wave era, whose ]]>