Crapshoot! (Vol. 2, Issue 3)

It's my weekly column! Crapshoot! Your life just got so much worse! Discussed this week: Heron (the band), Video game maps, war comics, and (only briefly, I swear) the iPhone 4. MUSIC! I'm obsessed by this song. I want to curl up and live in this song. It was on a Nuggets compilation somewhere that wound up playing in the office, probably six months ago. I keep coming back to it. The disc, Heron's ...   More
Friday, July 16, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Tu Fawning Sticks it to The Man, Starts Own Label

Whether they're great or not, artsy slow-core bands don't get too many big (or often small) record companies beating down their doors to sign them up these days. So Tu Fawning—the local supergroup that includes 31Knots Joe Haege and chanteuse Corrina Repp—is turning its back on the fat-cat music moguls and taking control of its own artistic destiny by launching a new artist-owned and operated ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Crapshoot! (Vol. 2, Issue 1)

Hi, Casey Jarman—WW's music editor and resident comics/videogames nerd—here. I've decided to re-launch my short-lived old column, "Casey Jarman's Crapshoot Starring Casey Jarman." I've lost a couple of the unnecessary "Casey Jarmans" in the title, to seem a bit less arrogant. I also won't be starting this re-launched version with a reference to Genesis (the band or the bible). Instead, ...   More
Friday, July 2, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Artichoke Music Gets Saved!

Local folk-community cornerstone Artichoke Music survives! Early in April the shop announced its untimely closing with this grim missive: The time has come for us to close Artichoke Music, as we know it, and to regroup or redesign the model. Thanks to Kate and Steve, we have been blessed with an incredible place to come together as a community. Unfortunately, this space is not sustainable from a ...   More
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Ben Bateman

Floater: I Don't Think My Whispering to Them Helped (Portland, Chico, San Francisco)

Portland to Chico We headed out of Portland on Thursday night so we could knock a good chunk out of our long drive, planning to nap in the van somewhere after the pass into California. It was cold on the mountains and we stopped to get beers and turkey sandwiches to help with sleep, but ended up just being full and cold instead. So by Friday morning we were not in the best of moods as a group and ...   More
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Floater

LIVE REVIEW: James Taylor & Carole King; Troubadour Reunion Tour, May 7 at the Rose Garden

James Taylor's voice is like water: smooth, clear, easy to mistake for flavorless until those momentary thirsty epiphanies where you sit upright and say "Mmmm! Water's gooood!" Similarly, while I greatly enjoyed—and was indeed moved by—Friday night's collaborative show by Taylor and his longtime cohort Carole King, I'm left with very little to remark on in telling you exactly why (though ...   More
Monday, May 10, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

Pickathon Announces Six More Acts; We Chat with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken

Pickathon (August 6-8, 2010) is coming back for another round. Portland's rootsy, old-growth-shaded oasis of Americana music, nature and general merriment. There aren't many gatherings that showcase the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy and Dr. Dog while encouraging you to bring your own instrument and play at your campsite with new friends that night. In its 12th year, the organic-oriented festival ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 MARK STOCK

PDX Pop Now! Compilation Tracklist, CD Release Info and More

Wow. PDX Pop Now! just sent us so much information that I'm mainly going to let you dig through the press release. I've bolded what I think is the most pertinent information. But that's a lot of bolding. So for your enjoyment, here are the top five things I'm excited about now that I didn't know about a half hour ago. And so you don't forget, the festival is July 30, 31 and Aug. 1 at Rotture. 5. ...   More
Tuesday, May 4, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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