Pickathon's Full 2015 Lineup Announced: Updated

Now with Cloud Nothings, Ex Hex, King Tuff , Thundercat and more.

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Last year, Pickathon, Portland's best small-scale music festival, seemed to learn a valuable lesson. After flirting with bigger-name headliners, the festival went back to a broader lineup of mostly smaller acts, interspersing Pitchfork-approved indie-rockers with the Americana artists that once made up the bulk of the weekend, and seemed to find a new audience. As I said in our report on the 2014 installment, ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Festival Review: Treefort 2015

Scenes from the fourth installment of Boise's biggest week.


For a fourth year festival, Treefort is pretty mature. Over a five-day stretch, some 400 bands play about a dozen venues throughout downtown Boise, from impromptu outdoor stages to small clubs and arcades. The lineup is strong, the organization is admirable and, perhaps most importantly, the city loves to play host. The result is a fishbowl scenario wherein bands and fans are constantly running ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MARK STOCK

Stream The Week

Our seven can't-miss concerts this week, from March 4-10.


Want to see some live music? Like, tonight? Below, you'll find our picks for the absolute, 100 percent, honest-to-goodness best show (in the opinion of our music staff) happening in Portland each day this week.  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 Cheap Girls, Restoration, Chris Farren, Hard Girls  [BLUE COLLAR POWER POP] Last year's Famous Strangers was Cheap Girls’ fourth proper studio album, and it was ...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Cuts of the Week

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


Every Friday, LocalCut collects the week's 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. Summer Cannibals, “Something New” Portland garage rockers Summer Cannibals are loud, distorted and sound like someone told Haim to fuck off and the Hives to ditch the suits and get sloppy.  A song perfectly ...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Photo Review: Willamette Week's Best New Band Showcase at Mississippi Studios, 5/17


If you ask me, this year's Best New Band showcase, which took place this past Saturday, was the best in a long while. But then, maybe I'm slightly biased. Still, you can't underestimate the difficulty of getting all three of the top acts on the same bill. Last year, which was my first on the job, we had to settle with bands No. 2, 3 and 5—it was still a great show, but there's a particular synergy ...   More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Make You Better EP (New Moss)

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[MOSS ROCK] When Summer Cannibals released their first full-length, No Makeup, last summer, it was clear the quartet had high ambitions. While the album had plenty of skuzzy guitars, powerful drum   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 GEOFF NUDELMAN

Cut of the Day: "Make You Better," Summer Cannibals

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'Twas a good year for Summer Cannibals. Not only did the grungy Portland garage rockers issue its own well-received debut album, it released another of 2013's most lauded records, Sun Angle's Diamond Junk, via its New Moss imprint. Dare I say the band is a strong Best New Band contender? Yes, I do. The Cannibals aren't taking any rests, though. Next month, the group drops the Make It Better EP, ...   More
Friday, December 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

No Makeup (New Moss)

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[GARAGE ROCK] Someone done pissed off Summer Cannibals’ Jessica Boudreaux real good. “I’m dreaming of this city on mute,” she snarls on “Sounds,” the fuzz-bomb that opens the group’s   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: “Wear Me Out,” Summer Cannibals

No Makeup

I used to have a girlfriend who would swoon over every adorable canine in a vest she would see at the local farmers market. I once mentioned I didn't find it cute, that I actually found it borderline sad. She told me the dogs would freeze to death without it. I told her it was 70 degrees out. We no longer date.Lemon, the smug mutt in the jet-black leather vest gracing the cover of Summer ...   More
Thursday, June 6, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER


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