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


Music
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)


Music
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)


Music
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

The Shaky Shuffle: New Lineup Changes for the Shaky Hands


Music
There are several cryptic hints on the group's MySpace page (including the...okay, the rather obvious one pictured here), but now it's confirmed: Jake Morris, the Shaky Hands' drummer since early 2009, has left the group. While this isn't the first Shaky Hands lineup shake-up (get it?) we've seen since the band won WW's Best New Band poll in 2007 (former drummer Colin Anderson left the group in 2008, ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Floater: Ride the Funk (San Diego)


Music
The band got into San Diego in the wee hours of the morning and I took off for a walk through Presidio Park. I navigated the sleeping homeless scattered around the grass and all the while saw the historical Presidio looming high over the land. It's preserved from the mid 1700's when Spanish missionaries and soldiers built it to help gently persuade the indigenous people to become serfs to the Spanish ...   More
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Floater

Irrelevant Interviews: Tiny Vipers


Music
Captivating and hypnotic, Seattle's Tiny Vipers (aka Jesy Fortino) is a stolen walk through a haunted forest. That sun-bleached record found in your grandparent's attic that, once revived, sings to daydreams and heartache long forgotten. Tiny Vipers is the memory of a memory, and Fortino casts a spell with her voice that silences a room. I caught up with Jesy after some failed attempts involving ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 Kat Gardiner

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