Photo Review: Hibou and Appendixes at Bunk Bar, Jan. 4


Seattle quartet Hibou treated a quiet Bunk Bar school-night crowd to its very own tidal brand of punk-pop on Jan. 4. A thematic guitar effect—languid, loud and lingering—gave the band a shoe gaze feel, despite fidgety structures. Imagine Pure Bathing Culture playing CBGB's and you’re nearing Hibou’s live presence, which is at once lethargic, ravaged by ADD and very appealing. All ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 MARK STOCK

Mirel Wagner at Bunk Bar—November 21

Scary folk songs to sing in the dark.

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Mirel Wagner raises a lot of questions on her new album, the first being “What’s underneath the floor?” That comes in the chorus of “1 2 3 4,” which opens When the Cellar Children See    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Photo Review: Panther, Copy, E*Rock at Bunk Bar, Aug. 8


In real time, 2006 was not that long ago. In Portland music time, it might as well be the Stone Age. The scene turns over so fast here that this year's model is often next year's nostalgia. On Aug. 3, three of the most popular local artists from the tail end of the Bush administration staged a miniature reunion at Bunk Bar. Not that any of them really went away to begin with. Eric Mast, a.k.a. ...   More
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Matthew Singer

Photo Review: Amen Dunes at Bunk Bar, July 11


It can be a little jarring to witness an album as meticulously crafted as Amen Dunes' Love re-created live. Frontman Damon McMahon opened the band's show at Bunk Bar on July 11 with 'Lilac In Hand,' and despite the intimate venue, the song seemed to open up even wider than on record. McMahon continually filled the club with his quaking vocals, especially on the melodically hypnotic "Spirits Are ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARK STOCK

Ryley Walker: Monday, July 21

Escaping Chicago isn’t easy, even for a rambling folk troubadour.

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Ryley Walker’s music sounds like the open road. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter’s debut album, All Kinds of You, is the musical equivalent of a booze-fueled drive through the American West   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Amen Dunes: Friday, July 11

Damon McMahon’s pastoral urbanism.

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The first few moments of Amen Dunes’ latest record, Love, may well sum up the band. There’s a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm being chased by another lumbering guitar that can’t quite fi   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Young Widows at Bunk Bar, 6/25


One thing I knew for sure from catching Young Widows' soundcheck before the band's show at Bunk Bar: It would be loud. What surprised me was how empty the place was for such a buzzed-about act. Regardless, they delivered on the loud part. The band sounded fantastic tearing through their excellent new album Easy Pain, single “Kerosene Girl” and the head rattling “King Sol” providing ...   More
Friday, June 27, 2014 SAM CUSUMANO

Show Preview: Joseph Arthur, Carly Ritter

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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Joseph Arthur found himself back in New York late last year in the wake of touring just after Lou Reed’s death. It was an unusually harsh winter, and soon the tireless musi   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MARK STOCK

Bar Guide 2014: Bunk Bar

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Bunk Bar1028 SE Water Ave., 328-2865, 11 am-10 pm Sunday-Monday, 11 am-midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 11-1 am Friday-Saturday.Call it mission creep. Bunk Sandwiches started out   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Low-End Theory

The casual virtuosity of Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner.

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As a child, Stephen Bruner had two favorite toys: a plastic ThunderCats sword and a bass guitar. That’s how intertwined the 27-year-old musician, who records spaced-out R&B under the name    More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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