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

Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear songs from Portland artists this week.


Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. New Move, “When Did We Stop?” New Move released its “When Did We Stop?” single on March 22, along with two bonus cuts and remixes of each. This song embodies much of what New Move has been about to date—clean, ...   More
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Pickathon Superlatives

From Angel Olsen and Diarrhea Planet to shirtless bros, feral children and fried chicken buns, here are the best things we heard, saw and consumed at Pickathon 2014.


“There are a lot of music festivals,” said Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts early into his band’s set amongst the trees of Pendarvis Farm, “but there’s only one Pickathon.” The slacker affect of his voice may have muddled his sincerity, but there’s no arguing against the truth of that statement. Pickathon is truly one of a kind—to the point that it probably doesn’t even deserve to ...   More
Thursday, August 7, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Willamette Weekend: 15 Things to Do and See in Portland, August 1-3


Friday, Aug. 1Mt. Hood Jazz Festival [JAZZ] This year’s slimmed-down edition of the long-running Mt. Hood Jazz Festival kicks off with Friday night’s free round robin featuring four local combos, each at a different restaurant on Main Avenue in downtown Gresham. Saturday’s schedule begins around noon with a local all-star lineup featuring Javier Nero, John Nastos and other Portland jazz ...   More
Friday, August 1, 2014 WW Culture Staff

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

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If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pickathon Announces Its First 2014 Artists

UPDATE: Full lineup (more or less) complete.


Yesterday, Pickathon—the annual roots-ish music festival held out just outside Portland at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley—announced that this year's festival would take place Aug. 1-3. They also revealed that, in celebration of its 16th edition, they will be gradually rolling out the lineup over the next 16 days, beginning…today! And apparently, they're going in reverse alphabetical ...   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch A New Pixies Video Filmed at Pickathon 2013


The video for "Andro Queen," a new track from alt-rock survivors Pixies, doesn't actually feature anyone from the band. Instead, this artful little clip from director Ondi Timoner brings you along on a hallucinatory journey through the 2013 edition of Pickathon, replete with suitcase kick drums, tiger heads, brooding dudes in hats, alt-roots singer-songwriter Shakey Graves, and plenty of other beautifully ...   More
Monday, October 7, 2013 ROBERT HAM

The Best of Pickathon 2013

Dale Watson's tour bus, the Relatives' suits, judgmental square dancers and more of the most awesome things at the best lil' roots-ish music festival in town!

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Another Pickathon is in the books, and like most music festivals, it takes a few days to recover from. Unlike most music festivals, the exhaustion always feels worth it. Although this year’s installment may have priced out a few regulars—blame the inflated rates at least partially on Feist, perhaps the biggest-name headliner the fest has scored yet, but the crowds certainly seemed a bit thinner ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Regulars

A guide to Pickathon’s regional heroes.

Music Stories
When it started 15 years ago, Pickathon, Portland’s annual roots-music festival, had little interest in anything contemporary. As it’s grown in both size and scope, finally embracing music cre   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Must-See Pickathon Sets Per Stage

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Fir Meadows Stage: Lightning Dust (Friday, 7:40 pm)The first day of Pickathon is typically dedicated to finding camping, then booze, then the square dance, but a pre-sundown, open-air performance    More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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