Best New Band 2014

10 local artists Portland’s music insiders say you must hear.

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In the decade we’ve been polling Portland’s most knowledgeable music fans and professionals to compile our annual Best New Band list, we’ve learned one thing: Bands here don’t just break u   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 WW Staff

Photo Review: Grammies at Habesha Lounge, 5/21

Photos from the jazzy instrumental hip-hop duo and recent Best New Band finalist's last show...for now.


In the introduction to this year's Best New Band issue, we mentioned how quickly Portland's music scene turns over, with bands breaking up almost as soon as the city discovers them. Well, it's happened again: Grammies, the instrumental breakbeat jazz duo that came in at No. 6 on this year's poll, is done (for a while, at least). Don't try blaming any alleged "curses" for this one, though. According ...   More
Thursday, May 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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

Best New Band 2014: The Ballots

A peek at music-based democracy in action.

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Every year, in the spirit of transparency—and to make it perfectly clear that Best New Band is a poll, not an arbitrary list—we publish the ballots of every Best New Band voter. What follows is that list of voters names, titles and the bands or artists that they casted votes for. If the votes are numbered, that is because the voter chose to rank their nominees. If they are not numbered, the ...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER


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