Beats Per Week

Portland's Best Dance Music Options, March 20-26

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WW contributing writer Mitch Lillie helps the discerning club-goer put together their weekly calendar by compiling Portland's best dance-music options for the next seven days. Turn up, tune in, drop the bass. — The Portland Art Museum is not a venue you’ll see too often on Beats Per Week, but Red Bull’s Canvas Cooler event on Thursday is too weird to pass up. Featuring DJ sets from Natasha ...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

MFNW By The Hour: A Guide to Friday Night


Navigating MusicfestNW can leave even lifelong Portlanders looking like common tourists, standing dazed on a street corner, trying to figure out which direction to head. Every night is a treacherous journey in which one bad decision can ruin the entire evening. Don't worry, though: WW is here to help. Plotting the perfect schedule can be overwhelming, but it's not impossible. Each night of ...   More
Friday, September 6, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Live Review: Closer Fest, Day 3

Looking on the bright side, Portland knows how to support some of its local artists. The turnout for Natasha Kmeto's release show for her new LP Crisis was one of the most impressive crowds of the Closer Festival. Maybe it was just the comparatively intimate venue—Holocene is smaller than Refuge, where another crowded main event was held Saturday—or maybe it was Kmeto's increasingly dance-friendly ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Natasha Kmeto

Crisis (Dropping Gems)

Album Reviews
[ELECTRO R&B] Natasha Kmeto can’t get no satisfaction, and it’s killing her. As a singer raised on both the come-ons of ’90s R&B and the all-night throb of house and trip-hop, the    More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Dropping Gems Releases

Top 5
Various Artists, Gem Drops I-II Featuring tracks from crew members, affiliates and like-minded fellow travelers, either of these interchangeable compilations makes an ideal entry point for wading   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Diamond Minds

Dropping Gems gives electronic music a human pulse.

Music Stories
When Aaron Meola moved to Portland in 2009, electronic music in America was still the province of chin-scratching Anglophiles and molly-whopped rave kids. Dubstep’s infernal wub had not yet in   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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