Scary Monsters

With his stunning new album, Perfume Genius stops being sad and starts getting even.


Music Stories
From a young age, Mike Hadreas has been keenly aware that his existence makes other people uncomfortable. To put it lightly, that used to bum him out. The first two albums he released as Perfume   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: White Hinterland at Mississippi Studios, Oct. 12

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If Casey Dienel was nervous to play in Portland for the first time since she moved away a few years ago, she sure didn’t show. “I have some bangers to play,” she said, taking the stage behind her keyboard and bank of equipment. “But I’m not going to give them to you for a little while, because that’s what you expect.”  Recording under the name White Hinterland, Dienel’s music is ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

White Hinterland: Sunday, Oct. 12

Casey Dienel left Portland to move back in with her parents. Then she made her best album yet.


Music Stories
After Al Capone’s release from prison and frequent hospitalization, he moved to Palm Island, an exclusive neighborhood in Miami Beach. In order to escape his criminal past and any further mi   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 ASHLEY JOCZ

Live Review: Merchandise at Mississippi Studios, Oct. 3

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Perhaps I was mistaken about Merchandise.  If Friday’s sparsely-attended show at Mississippi Studios was any indication, maybe they are a punk band after all—in the pejorative sense at the very least. Led by the antics of slightly toasted singer/guitarist Carson Cox, these guys collectively did not seem to give two fucks. The music shimmered and excelled within Mississippi’s pristine ...   More
 
Monday, October 6, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.


Music Stories
Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Hundred Waters at Mississippi Studios, 7/25

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It’s hard to know what to expect from a Hundred Waters show. Though the band’s paid its dues as a powerhouse live act, its most recent album, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, features more drum machines and synth loops than real live instruments. Going into the band’s Friday night show, I knew the quartet was full of great musicians, but was I squeezing onto the packed Mississippi Studios ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Introducing...: Hook & Anchor


Music Stories
Who: Kati Claborn (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals), Gabrielle Macrae (violin, vocals), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Erik Clampitt (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Luke Ydstie (bass, vocals). Sounds like   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Kneebody: Wednesday, April 9

Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.


Music Stories
Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001, the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Old Age: Thursday, Feb. 20

Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.


Music Stories
Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and sportsman’   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Primer: Come

Reunion Tour


Music Stories
Years active: 1990-2001, 2008, 2010-present.  Sounds like: Television and the Stooges-inspired darkness, with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious, bluesy and slightly dr   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

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