Readings Go Rock 'n' Roll

A Q&A with the creators of This! Fest.


Arts & Books
Sellwood's the Woods will host This! Fest, a new literature and music festival, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, with readings from more than 26 prominent Portland writers and 18 musical performances. (Read more about the festival in this week's Headout.)Jeremy Hadley, the festival's official organizer, says the idea was spawned by himself and three friends: Wilson Vediner (of local band Point ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Maggie Summers

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

Best New Band 2011

The 10 local acts Portland’s music insiders are talking about (and listening to).

Cover Story
Quick! Name your 350 favorite Portland bands. Yeah, it’s kind of a tough one. But that number represents the shared wisdom of the 161 local music experts   More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 WW MUSIC STAFF

Rogue Of The Week: U.S. Patent And Trademark Office

A Rogue by any name.

Rogue of the Week
When bass player Simon Tam decided to form an Asian-American rock band in 2005, he had the group’s name ready: the Slants. Tam, who says    More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Tezeta Band Saturday, Jan. 29

Five Fingers of Funk members come out of retirement to play Ethiopian funk and soul.

Music Stories
  They don’t look like revivalists of the groove-heavy sound of vintage Ethiopian funk and soul. To the outside observer   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 ROBERT HAM

What PDX Pop Now 2011 Will Look Like...and why

Each year there are more treats in the lead-up to the PDX Pop Now! festival. Benefit shows, gigs at City Hall, concerts in Portland public schools and of course the annual compilation discs and lineup announcements. But one of my favorite PDX Pop-related joys is seeing the artwork for the first time. This year, that job has been given to Corvallis artist Santiago Uceda. He's gone with an animal theme, ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

The Thermals Tour Diary: They Have Gravity in China, Too (Part One of Three)

Thermals frontman Hutch Harris was rad enough to take us up on our offer to keep a diary while touring China last month. It will appear in three parts this week. Disclaimer: This journal is my personal account of The Thermals' recent trip to China. It is in no way intended to be a historical or political lesson about China. Certain information has been censored for your protection. — Hutch ...   More
Monday, April 5, 2010 The Thermals

LEAK WEEK: Dragging an Ox through Water, "Among the Rock," They're Gonna Send Me to the Dead Mumford Pencil Box Factory (Stankhouse Records)

Hey kids! It turns out that we've got a few tracks lying around our email inboxes that are brand-spankin'-new, so we're going to make a whole week out of leaking them for your benefit. Read on... Brian Mumford's solo project, Dragging an Ox through Water, is always changing. He began, about a decade ago, by banging on a chunky old acoustic guitar. Soon there were suitcases of keyboards, effects ...   More
Monday, May 17, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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