Festival Review: The Project Pabst Superlatives

Unicorns, twin drummers, Kelsey Grammer, M.I.A. rappers and everything else we heard, saw and possibly hallucinated at the hottest festival of the summer yet.


More like Project Pass Out From Heat Stroke, right? For both days of the second annual Project Pabst, the weather—the brutal, unrelenting, nigh-on inescapable, nearly 100-degree weather, to be specific—was the No. 1 trending topic both onstage and off, from the mostly shade-deprived Zidell Yards to the punishingly muggy Crystal Ballroom. Yes, there are few things as insufferable as Portlanders ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Festival Review: The What The Festival Superlatives

The most turnt moments from the annual four-day rave in the woods of Eastern Oregon.


It must be a good sign that What the Festival booked fewer big names than ever but sold out for the first time this year. On the unseasonably temperate weekend of June 19-22 at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, Ore., some 6,000 festies bought into the festival-as-experience rather than headliners-as-festival—and I was one of them. Disappointing performances from some large-type names on the bill (I’m ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Here's Your PDX Pop Now! 2015 Lineup


Well, hey there, PDX Pop Now lineup. Fancy seeing you here. Now in its 12th year, the annual local music festival is, as always, a snapshot of the Portland music scene at this moment. It's hard to identify the headliners among this group, but it speaks to how wide-open the landscape is right now: Every act has a chance to rule the weekend.  Stylistically, there's a little bit of everything, ...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Festival Review: The Sasquatch Superlatives

The best things we saw and heard at the annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza.

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While Sasquatch remains the most mellow of the upper-tier North American gatherings, each passing year finds the festival at odds with the region’s formerly rockist tendencies, casting the widest net possible in hopes of getting anyone and everyone in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on the grass with a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita in their hands. Plenty of bands who make a ruckus with guitar, bass ...   More
Friday, May 29, 2015 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW Announces 2015 Lineup

Modest Mouse, Beirut, Belle and Sebastian, Twin Shadow, Danny Brown and more coming to Waterfront Park in August.

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Well, here it is: Your MusicfestNW lineup. I know, I know: "The festival's changed, man." But while it's definitely downsized, there's still a ton to like about what's coming to Waterfront Park in August. Modest Mouse, Beirut, Foster the People and Belle and Sebastian are the big names, but as usual, the true highlights are in the undercard: Danny Brown, Battles, Lady Lamb, Beat Connection, Strand ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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

Treefort Announces Complete Lineup

BadBadNotGood, Black Milk, the Range and more added to bill that already included TV On the Radio, Omar Souleyman, Trampled By Turtles and a ton of bands from Portland, Boise and Seattle.


Earlier this week, Sasquatch revealed its 2015 lineup. Now, we've got the full Treefort lineup. Now in its fourth year, the miniaturized South By Southwest, which takes in Boise, Idaho, a.k.a. "the Next Portland," takes a while to roll out the complete list of bands who'll be playing at venues around the city, simply because there's so damn many of them. Back in December, the festival announced ...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Project Pabst Announces 2015 Dates

The second-year music festival will take place two months earlier.


In case you were wondering how the inaugural Project Pabst—the music festival sponsored and curated by the brewing company four out of five nitrous-huffing psychopaths prefer—went back in September, we now have a pretty good indication, as the festival is coming back in 2015, albeit two months earlier.  Organizers have officially announced that the next Project Pabst is scheduled to take place ...   More
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

EXCLUSIVE: Fall Into Darkness 2012 Unveils Lineup


We here at Local Cut fully cop to the fact that we had the inside track on this announcement. The organizer of the annual celebration of the dark musical arts that is Fall Into Darkness is one Nathan Carson, a regular freelancer for our music section. But let's be clear here: we would be salivating all over this news if we knew Nathan or not. Because of his connections in the worldwide metal scene, ...   More
Sunday, August 19, 2012 ROBERT HAM


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