Simply the Best

Scharpling and Wurster are every music nerd’s favorite comedy duo. Want in on the jokes? Here’s a primer.

Music Stories
If you’ve never heard of The Best Show, the beloved New Jersey-based Internet radio program, the first thing you must know is that its phone lines are a sacred space, and host Tom Scharpling guards    More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Top Event Picks, Aug. 26 - Sept. 1

Hey! Have a good time!

Headout Picks
Thursday Aug. 27 Jenny Hval [AVANT-POP] Norwegian experimentalist Jenny Hval half-jokingly dubbed her latest LP, Apocalypse, Girl, “soft-dick rock.” It’s a poised effort, with    More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Best Portland Sounds

Best of Portland
Best Game Scorer   The best-known DJ in Portland got his start in a middle-school gym. Way before he took the Rose Garden/Moda Center decks in 2008 as the Portland Trail Blazers’ fir   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Top Portland Event Picks, June 17 - June 23

Headout Picks
WEDNESDAY JUNE 17 COLLEEN [CONTEMPO ELECTRO] Cecile Schott’s challenging new record, Captain of None, is a punch in the gut for pure pop lovers, a warm embrace for esotericists. The record��   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 WW Culture Staff

The Best Things I Heard

WW’s music writers pick their favorite Portland songs of the year.

Music Stories
No one is going to miss 2014, least of all Portland’s music scene. It was a year of loss, from people (Linda Hornbuckle, Paul Revere, Pink Martini’s Derek Rieth) to institutions (Slabtown, E   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Magic Sword: Friday, Jan. 16

Who are those masked men?

Music Stories
Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles ar   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARK STOCK

The Next Big Things

Portland artists to watch in 2015.

Music Stories
Portland is set to experience a huge year in music, with several long-anticipated big-name albums scheduled to drop in the next few months. But in this city, the year is often made by artists wh   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 WW Staff

Your Health Goth Workout Playlist

Health Issue
DEAD CAN DANCE, “Dawn of the Iconoclast” A call to worship upside-down Nike logos. VENUS X AND FATIMA AL QADIRI, “Superego” As the curator of New York’s now-defunct GHE20G0TH1K part   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Willamette Weekend: 18 Things to Do and See in Portland, July 25-27

Beer, Pat Benatar and a floatie


Friday, July 25Oregon Brewers Fest [BEER] The 27th annual installment of Oregon’s biggest, drunkest party. Here are our recommendations. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, main entrance at Southwest Oak Street and Naito Parkway, Noon-9 pm Wednesday-Saturday, noon-7 pm Sunday, July 23-27. Free admission, taste tokens $1 after $7 glass purchase. Jaw: A Playwrights Festival [THEATER] ...   More
Friday, July 25, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Are We There Yet?

Sharon Van Etten’s life is a highway. She wants to pull over.

Music Stories
When Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returned from a grueling yearlong stint touring behind her 2012 album, Tramp, she was physically and emotionally spent. She promised her boyfriend    More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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