Photo Review: Best New Band Showcase 2015 at Mississippi Studios, 5/15


It was the best of polls, it was the worst of polls. This year's Best New Band issue contained multitudes. Our annual survey of Portland's local music connoisseurs produced a list with great bands, more hip-hop artists than ever before—and only a single woman. It's a gross aberration, given how well female artists have been represented in the past, but regrettable nonetheless. It's especially ...   More
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Dan Deacon at Mississippi Studios, 5/7


Dan Deacon has come a long way since his early days of gettin’ weird at warehouse shows and trolling regional NBC morning shows. The Baltimore-based MIDI composer’s mastery of cramming as many spazzy 8-bit tones as possible into your speakers has been the through line of his almost decade-long career at this point. But the leap from the cheap, preset polka of his debut Spiderman of the Rings ...   More
Thursday, May 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Flashback: Old Time Relijun at Ground Kontrol, 2007

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Experimental K Records punk band Old Time Relijun is reuniting to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The above photo is from a performance at Satyricon during MusicfestNW 2008, but  the band   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Deep Cuts: Lady Lamb, "Ten"

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Most video-store clerks aren’t writing music in the shop after hours and falling asleep in their guitar case. But Aly Spaltro isn’t most people. She was introduced to the Beatles at age 5 and had more songs to her name as a teenager than most musicians pen in a lifetime. Most of it came by the cover of night, after flipping the closed sign at Bart and Dave’s Video Explosion in Brunswick, Maine. ...   More
Monday, April 27, 2015 MARK STOCK

Laura Gibson Postpones Portland Show In Wake of New York Apartment Fire

An online relief effort for the singer-songwriter has already doubled its goal.

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As you've likely already seen, Portland singer-songwriter Laura Gibson's New York apartment was the victim of a gas line explosion in the East Village on March 26 that collapsed two buildings and killed two people. Though she escaped unharmed, Gibson, who moved to the city last year to attend grad school at Hunter College lost nearly all her possessions, including lyrics for a new album and a musical ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

It’s the Little Things

Twerps are a tiny band building a big buzz singing about small issues.

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When Australian indie-rock band Twerps set out to make their second album, the group hit the studio dogged by multiple uncertainties: new members, new songs and no record label. But instead of   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Turquoise Jeep, Vinnie Dewayne, Maze Koroma

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[FRAT-HOUSE TRAP] If the schlocky kegger rap of the Turquoise Jeep collective feels like a giant joke, what’s more absurd than the cheeseball approach to hip-hop standards of sex, drugs and sw   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Live Review: Lost Lander at Mississippi Studios, 2/27


Much to the joy of the sold-out crowd, Lost Lander played primarily from its brand new release, Medallion, at its hometown record release show at Mississippi Studios on Feb. 27. It's a glistening pop record that marks a departure from the more nuanced dream-rock of its debut, DRRT. Bigger stages are almost certainly in Lost Lander’s future, given its anthemic new sound, and as Friday’s show ...   More
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 MARK STOCK

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.

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When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t without controversy. Led by brothers Matt and Patrick Flegel, the band had carved out a niche as one of the most innovative    More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Andy Shauf: Sunday, Feb. 8

Oh-oh! Living on a prai-rie!

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To understand Andy Shauf’s music, you have to understand the prairie. “There are experiences you have as a prairie person that you get very used to that you don’t really experience anywh   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY


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