Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”


Music Stories
Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Future


Music Stories
[BACK TO THE…] Earlier this year, Auto-Tune aficionado and new father Future released “Move That Dope,” the first single on his then-highly anticipated second studio album, Honest—and it was   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 SAM CUSUMANO

Show Previews: Riff Raff, YG, and Lil Jon at Roseland Theater


Music Stories
[MUSTARD ON DA BEAT] While everyone was convincing themselves that Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron was the second coming of good kid m.A.A.d city—spoiler alert: It’s not—YG quietly released the current   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 WW Staff

Show Preview: Danny Brown

Show Preview: Danny Brown at Roseland Theater


Music Stories
[DETROIT RAP CITY] If Drake is, as New York Times critic Jon Caramanica wrote last year, “all the emoji: prayer hands, dancing girls, diamond ring, blown kiss, laughing through tears,” then    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The Renaissance Coalition

Portland hip-hop’s odd future is now.


Music Stories
Copycat rappers, unimaginative rappers, pretty rappers, Portland rappers who film themselves rapping on bridges—that’s that shit the Renaissance Coalition doesn’t like. Add Dwight Howard t   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sleep

Oregon Failure (Oldominion)


Album Reviews
[PO-HOP] On the first verse of “Rap Rehab,” a playfully introspective track on Oregon Failure, the newest album from Portland MC Sleep, the 37-year-old poses a question that most rappers undou   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 REED JACKSON

The Top Five Greatest Stories Slick Rick Ever Told

by Risky Star


Top 5
“A Teenage Love” A story of adolescent love and the insecurities of young men and women. This song brings me back to childhood and the electric energy my neighborhood had at the time in the ��   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland, April 11-13

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Features
Friday, April 11Lorrie MooreIt has been more than 15 years since Lorrie Moore released her best-selling collection of stories, Birds of America. Now in a slim volume of eight stories, Moore returns with Bark and proves that her love of language (as well as her dark sense of humor) is still fully intact. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free. Toast Spirits Festival[BOOZE] ...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Introducing…: The Resistance


Music Stories
Who: Rappers Mic Capes, Glenn Waco and Rasheed Jamal. Sounds like: Lupe Fiasco if he was a little more street; Kurupt if he was a little more conscious. For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Common, Earl Swe   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REED JACKSON

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