The MusicfestNW Diaries 2011: Thursday

Puke, Pancakes, and butthole sinkers


The fun continues in day two of our epic, five-day MFNW blogging.--- Today’s contributors, in order of appearance: Matthew Singer, Robert Ham, Devan Cook, Casey Jarman, Arya Imig, Mark Stock, Nathan Carson, Nikki Volpicelli, Ruth Brown. 10:50 am @ Doug Fir Woke up late and just made it to Doug Fir in time to catch half a song from Little Dragon’s mini-show for awesome Seattle radio station KEXP. ...   More
Friday, September 9, 2011 WW MUSIC STAFF

The MusicfestNW Diaries 2011: Wednesday

A slow, sweaty start.


We start slow. We start slow because MusicfestNW would literally kill us if all five days were as packed as, say, Saturday.--- Yesterday’s lineup only included four venues (and a kick-off party with food from a bunch of fancy local chefs and an appearance from the Ice Cream Man), but that’s what we needed. A slow start. Stay tuned, as there will be daily MFNW updates to come—and they’ll get ...   More
Thursday, September 8, 2011 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW Posts Full Schedule


I'm not great at planning. Forgetting birthdays and missing meetings is kind of "my thing." But when it comes to Willamette Week's own MFNW, I like to plan my weekend down to the hour. (Then I get drunk and miss half the shows on my schedule—but that's not the point.) Anyway, if you're anything like me, this handy-dandy online MFNW schedule is going to blow your socks off. It comes complete ...   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

MFNW 2011 News! Dates, New Web Site, etc.


 It begins! MusicfestNW, "Portland's largest and most successful music festival," in addition to launching its new Web site, has announced the dates for this year's event: September 8-11. As usual, it will take place at clubs and concert halls across the city, including Pioneer Courthouse Square, which it inaugurated as a (almost shockingly awesome) venue in 2010 with performances from the National ...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys have enjoyed a meteoric rise in Europe since their 2006 incisive-indie debut, Whatever People Say I am, That's What I'm Not. Third offering Humbug sees the band take a darker, dirtier direction under the tutelage of Josh Homme and James Ford. Recorded at the Rancho, Mojave Desert, and the Electric Lady Studios in New York, the best new songs “Crying Lightning” and “Cornerstone” ...   More
Friday, September 18, 2009 Jenny Booth

MusicfestNW Announces Preliminary Lineup (Exclusive!)

MFNW director Trevor Solomon likes to walk over to our desks and say things like "Major Lazer." We're, presumably, supposed to provide some kind of response. Some of these crazy ideas come to fruition (Major Lazer, for example), and some of them don't. But by this time of year, WW's annual MusicfestNW festival (Sept. 9-12) is in its "mostly figured out" phase. Headliners like the National, Sleep, the ...   More
Monday, May 31, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

MusicfestNW Diaries: Sunday with Spike

End of the line, Jack. We're all danced out and now we just wanna listen to some dad rock and chill the hell out. That okay by you? Alright, then away we go for a few last diary entries from Shane Danaher, Ruth Brown, Aaron Mesh and myself, Casey Jarman. (All photos by Inger Klekacz) Pioneer Courthouse Square, 4:30 pm. Talkdemonic is playing to a standing audience of a couple hundred on the ...   More
Monday, September 13, 2010 Local Cut

Video: Menomena, "Taos" (Live at OPB Music)

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Saturday, September 18, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Dirty Mittens Go to Church

From the beginning, Dirty Mittens always sounded good. The band—led by singer (and, for the record, ex-WW intern) Chelsea Morrissey—has evolved over the years, from its humble beginnings as a cutesy indie-pop quartet to its current incarnation as a retro soul-pop powerhouse. But rarely—in concert, or even on record—has the group sounded this good playing the handclap jam "Arcadia." ...   More
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER


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