Live Review: D'Angelo at Crystal Ballroom, 8/9


For much of the last decade and a half, Michael Eugene Archer has been living as a ghost. At the turn of the millennium, the singer known as D’Angelo made an epochal R&B record, stood naked before the world, then vanished from view. When he returned, suddenly, late last year, it still didn’t seem like he was back in the flesh. On Black Messiah, the astounding album he surprise released ...   More
Monday, August 10, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Festival Review: The Project Pabst Superlatives

Unicorns, twin drummers, Kelsey Grammer, M.I.A. rappers and everything else we heard, saw and possibly hallucinated at the hottest festival of the summer yet.


More like Project Pass Out From Heat Stroke, right? For both days of the second annual Project Pabst, the weather—the brutal, unrelenting, nigh-on inescapable, nearly 100-degree weather, to be specific—was the No. 1 trending topic both onstage and off, from the mostly shade-deprived Zidell Yards to the punishingly muggy Crystal Ballroom. Yes, there are few things as insufferable as Portlanders ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Grateful Dead playing the Crystal Ballroom on July 3 and 5 (...via satellite!)

47 years after the Dead last played the Crystal, Fare Thee Well shows to be shown live.


It's been a long time since The Grateful Dead last played the Crystal Ballroom.Well, 47 years after the Dead's February 2, 1968 show at Portland's famous bouncy-floored ballroom the Dead are coming back live...via satellite!The last-ever Dead shows are happening in Chicago this summer, and McMenamins has arranged to show the Fare Thee Well concerts on July 3, 4 and 5. The July 3 and 5 shows are ...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by Martin Cizmar

Live Review: Father John Misty at Crystal Ballroom, 5/22


Josh Tillman is in love. We get it. I Love You Honeybear, his second album as Father John Misty, doubles as scrapbook and exposé, chronicling the idiosyncrasies and questionable bed-stains of his relationship with wife Emma Elizabeth Tillman. But the honeymoon is over, and it seems Tillman isn’t as compelled to talk about it every night, much less belt songs at strangers. It’s too bad he’s in ...   More
Monday, May 25, 2015 TED JAMISON

Live Review: Sleater-Kinney at Crystal Ballroom, 5/5


Sleater-Kinney are finally home.  After starting its reunion tour in Spokane, of all places, the band returned to the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday night to play the same venue where it ended its original run in 2006. It was a cause for celebration, sure, but Sleater-Kinney didn’t spend much time leaning on past glories. Opening with the fierce punch of “Price Tag” and “Fangless,” the ...   More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Last Week Live: Mac DeMarco at Crystal Ballroom, 4/22


The Portland contingent of Mac “And Cheese” DeMarco’s teen legion filled the Crystal Ballroom on a school night, which is not remarkable, because who needs a good night’s sleep when your only morning obligation is being a surly asshole? That so many kids arrived wearing the same brand of cheap, flat-brimmed cap that Mac “The Knife” DeMarco dons in press photos is a mite disturbing, though: ...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Show Preview: Kimbra, Radiation City, Mikky Eko

Music Stories
[SOMEBODY THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW] New Zealand singer Kimbra was just a blip on the international pop radar until she appeared on Gotye’s chart-smashing megahit “Somebody That I Used to Know” i   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Tweedy at Crystal Ballroom, 3/14


It’s safe to say Tweedy is very much a family affair—it’s even in the name. What once started out as a solo project of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy has quickly blossomed into a subtler creative endeavor alongside his 18-year-old son, drummer Spencer Tweedy, culminating in an album dedicated to Jeff’s wife and Spencer’s mother. Despite the disheartening nature of the songs—much of Sukierae revolves ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Stream The Week

A playlist-assisted guide to the week's best concerts for Jan. 7-13


Want to see some live music? Below, you'll find our picks for the best concerts coming through Portland this week, along with a Spotify playlist of representative songs from each artist. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7 Brandon Conway, ALTO! [IMPROV OUT] Portland’s Creative Music Guild may have moved its innovative Outset Series to a new venue, but hasn’t left behind its devotion to edgy sounds. Guitarist Brandon ...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by Matthew Singer

Primer: A Millennial’s Guide to Slowdive

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WTF is “Slowdive”?  Slowdive is a pioneering shoegaze band from Reading, England. They formed in 1989 and split after just six years and three records, including landmark 1993 album Souv   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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