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

Show Preview: Pacific Mean Time at Alhambra Theatre

Who needs a job when you’ve got a basement and some instruments?


Music Stories
After Edwin Paroissien was laid off from his job as a specialty-food distributor, he lived in his basement for two months. This may sound like the beginning of a    More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 ASHLEY JOCZ

Drunk Dad: Friday, May 30

Not your father’s hardcore—unless your father is an old scumbag.


Music Stories
The definitive sound of punk has been fiercely debated for decades, but one thing most critics can agree on about the music is its antagonistic nature. Right down to its name, Portland’s Drunk D   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Kongos, the Ecstatics


Music Stories
[ROCK…WITH ACCORDION?! WHAAA?] It’s hard to rock out in this wacky, post-Mumford world. Not necessarily to perform rock music—that’s been pretty much the same since the ’60s—but to be    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Souvenir Driver: Wednesday, April 23

Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.


Music Stories
When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 MARK STOCK

A Tribe Called Red: Thursday, April 3

For the innovators of “powwow-step,” the party is always political.


Music Stories
Like a lot of native North Americans, Bear Thomas didn’t grow up with many heroes who looked like him. Searching for a reflection of himself in popular media, all he’d find were the same red   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes


Music Stories
[LUXURY ROCK] At age 68, Bryan Ferry remains a study in contrasts. He made his name as the coke-addled, space-alien frontman of English glam titans Roxy Music, but outside of that towering, monu   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Anne: Sunday, March 30

A shape-shifting producer sheds the shoegaze haze—and his band.


Music Stories
When Portland four-piece Anne released its debut, Dream Punx, in 2011, few could resist throwing the album’s airy, dark pop in with My Bloody Valentine and the rest of the shoegaze pack. And whi   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

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