Festival Review: The Pickathon Superlatives

The best jazz workouts, face-melting guitar solos, soulful star turns and uber-obscure basketball jerseys we saw through the dust at Portland's best li'l music festival.


In many ways, Pickathon doesn’t deserve the slander of being called a “music festival.” Its ambitions are too humble, the setting too serene, the aftermath too non-apocalyptic. Even after 17 years, national press attention and gushing appraisals from multiple artists, it’s resisted the temptation to expand beyond sustainability nor give in to corporate sponsorship. The worst thing you can ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Pickathon's Full 2015 Lineup Announced: Updated

Now with Cloud Nothings, Ex Hex, King Tuff , Thundercat and more.

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Last year, Pickathon, Portland's best small-scale music festival, seemed to learn a valuable lesson. After flirting with bigger-name headliners, the festival went back to a broader lineup of mostly smaller acts, interspersing Pitchfork-approved indie-rockers with the Americana artists that once made up the bulk of the weekend, and seemed to find a new audience. As I said in our report on the 2014 installment, ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

La Mariachi

Edna Vazquez declares her independence.

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Edna Vazquez’s life in music began with a crush. When she was 13 years old, a boy in her tiny hometown of Tonila, in central Mexico, attempted to win her affections by giving her a guitar. Growi   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER


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