Willamette Weekend: 17 Things to Do and See in Portland Memorial Day Weekend


FRIDAY, MAY 22Ex Hex, Diarrhea Planet [GARAGE] What better counterbalance to the quad-guitar, dudes-night-out sausage fest of Diarrhea Planet than the flawless, Mary Timony-fronted garage pop of Ex Hex? Whoever dreamed up this pairing deserves a medal. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $15 tickets available online day of show. 21+.Filmed by Bike [FILM FESTIVAL] ...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland May 15-17


FRIDAY, MAY 15Best New Band [STUMPTOWN ROCKS] Not only do you get Portland’s best punk band, you get its best new-classic rockers and its best instrumental trio, too. Oh, and you get a CD, featuring all 10 Best New Band finalists, at the door. It goes without saying, but get there early. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. Free. 21+Nepal Benefit[DRINK FOR A CAUSE] ...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland April 24-26


FRIDAY, APRIL 24Mikal Cronin, Old Light[RAMBLING POP] Mikal Cronin makes road trip music: laid back, with catchy choruses that are easy to sing along with and the kind of sentimental sunniness that makes you want to get the hell out of wherever you’re stuck for the moment. Maybe it gets a little repetitive, but in a way that’s never boring, just reliable. His recently released single, “Made Up ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland April 17-19

bad brains photo by lucian perkins

FRIDAY, APRIL 17Yasiin Bey and Bad Brains[PUNK-A-RAOKE] For the first time anywhere, the rapper-actor formerly known as Mos Def fronts the legendary D.C. hardcore band. It remains to be seen if he can match the vocal elasticity of Bad Brains’ original singer, H.R., but based on his last Portland appearance, Bey is almost there in terms of onstage weirdness. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 971-230-0033. ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland this Weekend


FRIDAY, APRIL 10Ezza Rose, Balto, White Glove [PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who’s been playing across Portland for the past eight years. Her music, previously built on gentle, minimalist melodies and eerie harmonies, takes a different ...   More
Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do and See in Portland April 3-5


FRIDAY, APRIL 3Natural Magic[HOUSE] Natural Magic, the duo of Mike McKinnon and Matthew Quiet, puts on the Limited Edition parties in Portland that are as exclusive as the name suggests. It’s a reflection of the Natural Magic style: offbeat concepts paired with on-beat kick drums.Their self-titled cassette stands out, with a sound that’s more Donna Summer than Sister Nancy. Gulls and ...   More
Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Enid Spitz

Willamette Weekend: 13 Things To Do In Portland, Aug. 15-17


Friday, Aug. 15 Bad Movie Nite [MOVIES] Film nerd Scott Hammond spent his early years bathing in the glow of late-night TV. Watered-down sex, violence and schlock bombarded his young brain while Mom, sleeping nearby, remained oblivious to such basic-cable titillation. Now 32 and perfectly capable of renting films like Chopping Mall and Frankenhooker without getting grounded, Hammond dedicates ...   More
Friday, August 15, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Willamette Weekend: 10 Things to Do in Portland, July 12-14


Friday, July 12 Orgone, Perk!, DJ Steven Vaughn [FUNK] For Los Angeles funkateers Orgone, being a solid backing band has always meant vocals are optional. The band’s soulful discography combines the best elements of ’70s funk, acid jazz, Afrobeat and rock, harnessing buzzing synths and tight horns alongside Mothershipinfused licks that not only beguile but demand listeners take to ...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do in Portland, July 5-7


Friday, July 5 Waterfront Blues Festival [BLUES] With $10 and some canned food you can listen to dozens of bands that sound like Canned Heat. Except on Sunday, when $50 buys you a view of the back of some dude's head and the chance to hear what's still left of Robert Plant's voice. Which is to say, go Friday or Saturday. Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Southwest Naito Parkway between Harrison ...   More
Friday, July 5, 2013 WW Culture Staff


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