Dance Yourself Meme

Future Islands just want to move you.


Music Stories
On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Soul Recovery

Having survived cancer, Sharon Jones just wants one thing: Respect.


Music Stories
Talking to the media about her recent battle with pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones never spares the gory details. Asked how she first knew something was wrong, the 57-year-old soul singer told Spin   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Idaho Bound

Can the Treefort Music Fest make Boise the next Portland?


Music Stories
When Brett Netson pulled into Old Town Portland for the first time back in the early ’90s, to play Satyricon with his psychedelic punk band, Caustic Resin, he felt like a kid in a candy store�   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Richard "Lefty" Gismondi, One-Armed Street Guitarist, Has Died

The well-known downtown musician played guitar for 45 years

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Music
Portland lost one of its best-known–and best-loved–street musicians on March 11. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the death of street musician and retired ironworker Richard Gismondi, better known to both friends and passersby as "Lefty." Lefty was found in the morning by his friend, musician Dan Eccles, when Eccles checked in on Lefty after he'd not been seen for a few ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Introducing…: Cambrian Explosion


Music Stories
Who: Nori Lockhart (vocals, guitar), Ben Dorothy (drums, vocals), Austin Trask (bass), Adria Ivanitsky (keyboards, vocals, percussion). Sounds like: Walking around OMSI blitzed out of your mind w   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Fruits of the Loom

Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.


Music Stories
A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do in Portland, Dec. 6-8

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Features
Friday, Dec. 6Holiday Ale FestA quarter past noon, the Grinch paused and put his hand to his ear. And through the streets of Portland, a sound he did hear. It started in low, then it started to grow. WOOOOOOOO! BEER! WOOOOO! Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., holidayale.com. 11 am-10 pm Friday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday, Dec. 4-8. $30. 21+.Noises Off[THEATER] Third Rail Rep produces ...   More
 
Friday, December 6, 2013 WW Culture Staff

Party Rock

The Dismemberment Plan is back. Because why not?


Music Stories
It only takes a few minutes for Travis Morrison to start messing with me. “When you finish a record, there’s this period where some of the songs quickly join the party,” he says, describin   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Living Death

The Hackney brothers tried to bury their old band. It wouldn’t stay dead.


Music Stories
Up in Bobby Hackney’s attic, sealed in a white cardboard box, lay a secret. A secret he and his brother, Dannis Hackney, kept hidden from their closest family and friends for over 30 years.    More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Entrail Blazers

Exhuming Portland’s forgotten extreme metal pioneers.


Music Stories
Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are di   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

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