United Nations: Friday, Nov. 7

Geoff Rickly slaughters punk’s sacred cows—including himself.


Music Stories
United Nations’ Geoff Rickly is not to blame for emo’s crimes against humanity. Historians might use his old band, Thursday, as a punching bag for the punk subgenre’s unseemly shift from h   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 PETE COTTELL

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.


Music Stories
Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the city, but i   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Introducing Seance Crasher


Music Stories
Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn. Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Music Preview: Moniker at Holocene Sunday, Aug. 24

The cruel and unusual—and, ultimately, cathartic—creation of Monica Metzler.


Music Stories
I’m talking to Monica Metzler by phone from the back of my Forester, where I’m huddled away from the cold in a makeshift bed. My friend and I had arrived on the coast the day before, antic   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Music Preview: How To Dress Well Gets Emo.

The Heart of the Matter.


Music Stories
It’s been 22 years since Pavement released Slanted & Enchanted, the wellspring from which the old guard of music criticism sought irony over earnestness, detachment over enthusiasm. The most   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.


Music Stories
Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where he was studyi   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.


Music Stories
When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Show Preview: Sohn, Mr. Little Jeans, John Dee-J


Music Stories
[SOUL-TRONICA] Christopher Taylor, aka Sohn, is a South London product currently producing, remixing and creating his own solo material from Vienna. Praise from heavy hitters, along with studio    More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MARK STOCK

Introducing...: SPF666


Music Stories
Who: Zak DesFleurs. Sounds like: Bobby Digital—the Jamaican dancehall producer, not RZA’s alter ego—forging reggaeton riddims amid an occultist’s dimly lit reptile collection. For fans o   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Portland’s Top Five Other Best Monthly Dance Nights


Top 5
Sublimate (The Rose) Like many local crews, Sublimate is the total package: a label, promotion company, and DJ and artist collective. Bass is the name of their game, with regulars No Cents, Sonis   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

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