Scoop: Dudebros Pay Double

BYE, BRANX: The building at 315 SE 3rd Ave. is undergoing yet another transformation. Rotture and Branx, the music venues on its top and bottom floors since 2006, have both closed. Beginning July 24,    More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Countdown to Bridgetown: Kate Berlant, the Stoned Philoso-comic


Arts & Books
The Bridgetown Comedy Festival is only six days away. Then you get four chances to see Kate Berlant deliver a very different kind of observational comedy.Kate Berlant is a megalomaniac self-help guru. She’s a stoned philosophy major who’s cornered you at a party. She's an existentialist-poet. She’s a futurist with an edge of Borscht Belt — which is to ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Album Review: Houndstooth

No News From Home (No Quarter)

Best New Portland Music
[POSTCARDS FROM SOMEWHERE] Appropriately for an album informed by the perpetual displacement of life on the road, No News From Home, the second full-length from kaleidoscopic folkies Houndstooth,    More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Hibou and Appendixes at Bunk Bar, Jan. 4


Seattle quartet Hibou treated a quiet Bunk Bar school-night crowd to its very own tidal brand of punk-pop on Jan. 4. A thematic guitar effect—languid, loud and lingering—gave the band a shoe gaze feel, despite fidgety structures. Imagine Pure Bathing Culture playing CBGB's and you’re nearing Hibou’s live presence, which is at once lethargic, ravaged by ADD and very appealing. All ...   More
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 MARK STOCK

Mirel Wagner at Bunk Bar—November 21

Scary folk songs to sing in the dark.

Music Stories
Mirel Wagner raises a lot of questions on her new album, the first being “What’s underneath the floor?” That comes in the chorus of “1 2 3 4,” which opens When the Cellar Children See    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Photo Review: Panther, Copy, E*Rock at Bunk Bar, Aug. 8


In real time, 2006 was not that long ago. In Portland music time, it might as well be the Stone Age. The scene turns over so fast here that this year's model is often next year's nostalgia. On Aug. 3, three of the most popular local artists from the tail end of the Bush administration staged a miniature reunion at Bunk Bar. Not that any of them really went away to begin with. Eric Mast, a.k.a. ...   More
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Matthew Singer

Photo Review: Amen Dunes at Bunk Bar, July 11


It can be a little jarring to witness an album as meticulously crafted as Amen Dunes' Love re-created live. Frontman Damon McMahon opened the band's show at Bunk Bar on July 11 with 'Lilac In Hand,' and despite the intimate venue, the song seemed to open up even wider than on record. McMahon continually filled the club with his quaking vocals, especially on the melodically hypnotic "Spirits Are ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARK STOCK

Ryley Walker: Monday, July 21

Escaping Chicago isn’t easy, even for a rambling folk troubadour.

Music Stories
Ryley Walker’s music sounds like the open road. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter’s debut album, All Kinds of You, is the musical equivalent of a booze-fueled drive through the American West   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Amen Dunes: Friday, July 11

Damon McMahon’s pastoral urbanism.

Music Stories
The first few moments of Amen Dunes’ latest record, Love, may well sum up the band. There’s a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm being chased by another lumbering guitar that can’t quite fi   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Young Widows at Bunk Bar, 6/25


One thing I knew for sure from catching Young Widows' soundcheck before the band's show at Bunk Bar: It would be loud. What surprised me was how empty the place was for such a buzzed-about act. Regardless, they delivered on the loud part. The band sounded fantastic tearing through their excellent new album Easy Pain, single “Kerosene Girl” and the head rattling “King Sol” providing ...   More
Friday, June 27, 2014 SAM CUSUMANO


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