A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.
Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after
college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa
Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where
he was studyi
Not your father’s hardcore—unless your father is an old scumbag.
The definitive sound of punk has been fiercely debated for
decades, but one thing most critics can agree on about the music is its
antagonistic nature. Right down to its name, Portland’s Drunk D
[ROCK…WITH ACCORDION?! WHAAA?] It’s hard to rock out in
this wacky, post-Mumford world. Not necessarily to perform rock
music—that’s been pretty much the same since the ’60s—but to be
Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.
When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by
Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing
his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi
For the innovators of “powwow-step,” the party is always political.
Like a lot of native North Americans,
Bear Thomas didn’t grow up with many heroes who looked like him.
Searching for a reflection of himself in popular media, all he’d find
were the same red
[LUXURY ROCK] At age 68, Bryan Ferry remains a
study in contrasts. He made his name as the coke-addled, space-alien
frontman of English glam titans Roxy Music, but outside of that
A shape-shifting producer sheds the shoegaze haze—and his band.
When Portland four-piece Anne released its debut, Dream Punx,
in 2011, few could resist throwing the album’s airy, dark pop in with
My Bloody Valentine and the rest of the shoegaze pack. And whi
[POWER PUNK] Laura Jane Grace came here to chew bubblegum,
wear a sundress and chop the rings off a bigot’s fat fucking
fingers—and she’s all out of bubblegum. Transgender Dysphoria Blues, t
[MORTAL FOLK] In addition to his
tremendous songwriting prowess, Mark Kozelek’s interest in fascinating
subject matter has earned him a huge cult following. Since forming Sun Kil Moon