Festival Review: The MusicfestNW Superlatives

All the best stuff we heard and saw through the haze at Portland's last music festival of the summer.


Well, Portland still loves Modest Mouse, it seems.  In the waning hours of MusicfestNW—which, consequently, represented the final hours of this long, hot music festival season in general—a few thousand "human turds" collected near the Morrison Bridge for Isaac Brock and company's first local show since Brock went on Polish television to declare his adopted hometown a giant soul toilet, and ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Welcome to Turdlania

A guide to Isaac Brock's Portland.

Music Stories
Isaac Brock has what you might call a “conflicted relationship” with Portland. In an interview with Polish television in June, Modest Mouse’s head rodent described his adopted hometown as “a c   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Isaac Brock On Portland: "What a collection of human turds."

The Modest Mouse frontman tells Poland about the dark side of weirdness.


Isaac Brock and Modest Mouse just played the Heineken-sponsored Open'er music festival in Gdynia, a little Baltic port town in Poland best known for the Heineken-sponsored Open'er music festival, which also featured Mumford & Sons, a band that is the musical equivalent of Heineken.Anyway, the Poles were super excited to know about Portland. Via Isaac Brock, this is what the people of ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

MusicfestNW Announces 2015 Lineup

Modest Mouse, Beirut, Belle and Sebastian, Twin Shadow, Danny Brown and more coming to Waterfront Park in August.

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Well, here it is: Your MusicfestNW lineup. I know, I know: "The festival's changed, man." But while it's definitely downsized, there's still a ton to like about what's coming to Waterfront Park in August. Modest Mouse, Beirut, Foster the People and Belle and Sebastian are the big names, but as usual, the true highlights are in the undercard: Danny Brown, Battles, Lady Lamb, Beat Connection, Strand ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear new songs from Portland artists this week.


Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren.1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, “Multi-Love”Prolific producer-songwriter Ruban Nielson’s has been at it for over a decade now, first with Mint Chicks, now with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The New Zealand native’s ...   More
Saturday, February 7, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Watch a Coyote Ride the MAX in Modest Mouse's New Video

Based on a true story that also inspired a Sleater-Kinney song.


In what I can only assume is an attempt to offset all the attention the Decemberists and Sleater-Kinney have been receiving the past week, Modest Mouse has revealed another new song from its upcoming album, and given it a Portland-centric video. In this clip for "Coyotes," a slow-building track from the soon to be released Strangers To Ourselves, a lonely Canis latrans takes a ride on the MAX. That's ...   More
Monday, January 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Modest Mouse Finally Confirms New Album

UPDATE: Now with title, artwork and studio audio of the first single!


And the hits keep on coming—and by that, I mean the hits of the mid-aughts: Following the resurrections of Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists, Modest Mouse has confirmed that it too will finally return to the land of the contemporary in the early part of 2015, releasing its first album in eight years. As first reported by Revolt, Isaac Brock and co., who headlined Project Pabst back in September, ...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pabst Announces New Portland Music Festival

Project Pabst brings Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GZA, Constantines on Sept. 26-28.


No doubt you were sitting around, in between recovering from PDX Pop Now and preparing for Pickathon this weekend (and MusicfestNW two weeks after that), and thinking, "Geez, I wish Portland had another music festival I could attend." Well, you're in luck: Pabst Brewing has announced the lineup for Project Pabst, a three-night, multi-venue event, featuring two big outdoor concerts and several ...   More
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Captives," All Smiles

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All Smiles is the artistic alias of Jim Fairchild, who spent 11 years as the guitarist for California psyche-poppers Grandaddy and currently moonlights as a member of Modest Mouse. Even if you've never heard Fairchild's two previous solo albums, though, you probably could've guessed his associations just by listening to this track from the upcoming Staylow and Mighty. It has ...   More
Monday, February 21, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Berbati's Pan to Discontinue Live Music in 2011

As old-timers come out of the woodwork to celebrate the final weeks of Satyricon, the bad news keeps on coming. Berbati's Pan, a fixture the Portland music scene since 1993, will discontinue its live music operations after December 31. Reached by telephone, Berbati's co-owner John Papaioannou let out a heavy sigh. "The rumor is true. We've been around for a long time," he said, referring to both ...   More
Monday, October 18, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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