Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to See and Do in Portland Aug. 7-9

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FRIDAY, AUG. 7Vans Warped Tour [MUSICSCAPE] The Vans Warped Tour is now in its 21st year, which is relevant mostly because children conceived in the backs of beat-up Volvos in the parking lot during its early years are now verging on being too old and too cool to get excited about the traveling music festival. Suffice to say, the scene has changed. And yet, among the labyrinth of overpriced, ...   More
 
Thursday, August 6, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to See and Do in Portland July 31-Aug. 2


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FRIDAY, JULY 31Pickathon[FESTIVAL] Last year, the li’l not-quite-roots music festival had a tipping-point moment, getting covered by The New York Times, but it didn’t let it go to its head. This year’s edition lacks an obvious headliner but is loaded with great bookings, from hyped retro-soul prodigy Leon Bridges to the psychedelic desert blues of Mali’s Tinariwen. Pendarvis Farm, 16581 SE ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 14 Things to Do and See in Portland July 24-26

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FRIDAY, JULY 24 Lower Dens, Young Ejecta [SYNTHS, ETC.] Lower Dens bandleader and guitarist Jana Hunter has long fiddled with the poppier side of synth rock, but she’s never quite welcomed it like she does on the Baltimore band’s latest release, Escape From Evil. It’s an album that prides itself more on mood and lyrical ambiguity than anything else, awash with cloudy synthesizers and guitar ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

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

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FRIDAY, JULY 17Blunt Barbecue at White OwlEvery single lover of barbecue who is not a complete sucker should be at White Owl tonight if they didn't go Wednesday or Thursday. Legendary self-taught barbecue master Blunt, from Hatos bar in Tokyo, will somehow be at White Owl serving up $18 plates with three ribs, pork belly, a big ol' slab of pork shoulder, and some white bread with juicy pulled pork. ...   More
 
Thursday, July 16, 2015 WW Culture Staff

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

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FRIDAY, JULY 10The Appleseed Cast, ADJY, Coaster [CELESTIAL EMO] While emo’s other founding fathers spent the aughts breaking up or flogging a dead horse, the Appleseed Cast turned inward and floated through space. Whether you agree with the term “twinklecore” or not, die-hards and emo passersby alike consider the seamless fusion of angsty urgency and spaced-out introspection of 2000’s ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland July 3-5


FRIDAY, JULY 3Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth [THEATER] Set among the tombstones on Lone Fir Cemetery, director Matt Pavik’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy takes on an eerie verisimilitude. Pull yourself back to the pleasant reality of outdoor theater with a handmade picnic of local spreads, breads, sweets and pickles served by new picnic company Peacock Picnics from a bright ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland June 26-28

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FRIDAY, JUNE 26Derrick Carter, Mercedes, Rose City Underground [HOUSE RULES] In 1995, Derrick Carter and Luke Solomon released the house-music compilation Seasons on their newfound (and now definitively classic) Classic Music Company label. Starting at catalog number CMC100, the label counted backwards until it reached CMC00 in 2005 and then shuttered, as promised—for a couple of weeks, anyway. ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland June 19-21


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FRIDAY, JUNE 19Joey Badass [WHERE B.K. AT] The Brooklyn-born MC raps a style and cadence that brings to mind ’90s era legends like Nas and Notorious B.I.G.—despite the fact that he wasn’t even born when Illmatic was released. The 20-year-old prodigy’s major label debut, B4.DA.$$, is a fine bout of nostalgia for hip-hop’s golden age, with beats from DJ Premier and J Dilla and an interpolation ...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 17 Things To Do and See in Portland June 12-14


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FRIDAY, JUNE 12 No Joy, Appendixes, Tender Age [LOVEMORE] It’s hard to break new ground in shoegaze. By definition alone, the genre tag—designated by the British music press in the late ’80s to describe loud, brittle bands like My Bloody Valentine and Ride that remained basically motionless onstage—is narrow in scope. Montreal quartet No Joy thrive not by pushing the boundaries of the ...   More
 
Friday, June 12, 2015 by Amy Wolfe

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland June 5-7

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5Seinabo Sey[SOUL POP] As the daughter of West African superstar Maudo Sey, Seinabo Sey carries Afro pop in her genes. But what one primarily hears are soulful vocals of Erykah Badu proportions, spiked with icy asymmetry akin to fellow Swede poppers Robyn and Tove Lo. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St.,284-8686. 9 pm. $13 advance, $15 day of show. 21+.Duck, duck beer[KETCHUP] ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Enid Spitz

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