Not even L.A. could bum out Portland’s shiniest, happiest band.
Almost any write-up you can find on Oh Darling describes
the Portland band with a few choice synonyms: “Cute.” “Adorable.”
“Cheerios in chocolate milk.” It’s like reading reviews for
[FUZZY FREAK FOLK] Time has left few stones unturned in the wake of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel’s
1998 psych-folk masterpiece. The blown-out, kitchen-sink orchestration
If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct.
Perfect Pussy is a band with an
expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse,
N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining
national attention f
Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.
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
[PRENATAL SOUL] Many artists build their careers from the
face up. Robin Hannibal took the opposite route: He’s become an
in-demand producer while remaining deliberately faceless. In the past
Seattle surfer grrrls ride a dreamy wave of retro.
[NORTHWEST BEACH MUSIC] La Luz is a study in contrast. The
Seattle quartet melds ’60s girl-group harmonies with boys-club surf
guitar, and the band’s buzz-garnering debut 2012 EP, Damp Face,
How losing his sight helped Matt Drenik find his voice.
[BASEMENT MIXTAPE] In the fall of 2009, Matt Drenik, then
the frontman for Austin-based band Lions, was about to head to the
United Kingdom for the biggest tour of his career. Two weeks before
After 15 years on the Midwestern college circuit, Ohio’s consummate bar-rock band arrives in Oregon.
[COLLEGE ROCK] If you attended college anywhere between
Buffalo and Chicago in the last decade, you need no introduction to Red
when Tupac was still alive and Bob Dole wa
An EDM lifer talks the past, present and future of electronic music.
[ELECTRONIC] In the past 20 years, there have been at
least three upswings in the popularity of electronic music: the
rave/ecstasy period of the early ’90s; the big-beat and trip-hop