Cuts of the Week

Must-hear new songs from the Fourth Wall, Charts, Havania Whaal, Daniel Rafn and Paul Alcott featuring Brent Knopf.

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Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. The Fourth Wall, “Cosmos in the Water” The Fourth Wall is a young, atmospheric rock group that has been scratching at the cellar door of the Portland music scene for the last year or so. Consider this its burst-through ...   More
Friday, May 29, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Brent Knopf Leaves Menomena to Focus On Ramona Falls and Other Projects

Can't say I didn't see this one coming. This afternoon Menomena announced on its website that multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf—founding member, skilled keyboard player, and the creator of the Deeler looping system used to create all the band's music—is leaving the band to focus on other projects, including Ramona Falls. I hesitate to call Ramona Falls a solo project, because 2009's Intuit ...   More
Friday, January 7, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Danny Seim and Brent Knopf Talk About Knopf's Decision to Leave Menomena


Two weeks ago, we announced—along with the rest of the Internet—that Brent Knopf, one of the three original members of Menomena, was leaving the band to focus on his solo project and on recording a few records for his friends. Since then, Menomena has mostly keep quiet, but both Knopf and Seim were kind enough to answer some of my questions on record about the future of Menomena. Here are ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Menomena Goes Back to School

Have you ever wondered what Danny Seim would look like playing drums from a wheel chair? I didn't think so. But in what is easily one of the weirder features to run on recently, Seim and the rest of Menomena play two songs inside an empty schoolroom—including a particularly rad version of "Five Little Rooms" with a wheelchair-bound Seim beating the living shit out of his kit. Both ...   More
Monday, September 27, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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