By Micael Lonergan Full disclosure: I am unapologetically sympathetic to The Districts. My investment in the Pennsylvania four-piece followed close behind the 2012 release of their second EP While You Were in Honesdale, and while they have yet to return to the acoustic tone of those three tracks, they have remained my best-loved band for five consecutive years (which might be ... Read More »
By Micael Lonergan Full disclosure: I am unapologetically sympathetic to The Districts. My investmen...
As a 20 year-old, there aren’t many contexts in which I feel entitled to speak authoritatively about...
“Bleak” and “wintry” aren’t usually descriptions that apply to my experiences in Ecuador. The jungle...
Undoubtedly, Japandroids ignored the narrative surrounding the trajectory of modern indie roc...
As a 20 year-old, there aren’t many contexts in which I feel entitled to speak authoritatively about the “old days.” This is undoubtedly for the best; even people who do have that privilege end up sounding like assholes most of the time. If any such opportunity did exist for myself, however, it would be when discussing Pitchfork Music Festival. This ... Read More »
This coming weekend will see Pitchfork host its 12th annual festival at Chicago’s Union Park, and – though it may be a bit far removed geographically from Portland — Pitchfork Fest has the draw to attract music fans (and frequently music nerds) from across the country and beyond. It’ll be my seventh year in attendance, and Pitchfork Fest has grown ... Read More »
Many don’t expect much from the eastern end of the gorge. Most are content with the highly concentrated waterfall areas around Multnomah and Cascade Locks, then turn around to make a beeline back to Portland. Hidden treasures await those who dare to explore the canyons east of Cascade Locks, one of these being Gorton Creek Falls. Tucked away in a ... Read More »
The new exhibit in Watzek Library on the award-winning author Katherine Dunn is anything but ordinary, which is probably how Dunn would have wanted it to be. Dunn’s career-starting novel Geek Love, published in 1989, is centered around Portland and more specifically a nostalgia for an older, grittier Portland that continues to disappear as the city becomes increasingly gentrified. The ... Read More »
“Bleak” and “wintry” aren’t usually descriptions that apply to my experiences in Ecuador. The jungles of the Amazon region were oppressively hot, and the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Cañar have all been warm and sunny most of the time. However, I barely saw the sun at all during my group’s visit to Cajas National Park, a bitterly cold patch ... Read More »
As April 12 approached and Portland’s rain refused to relent, I have to admit, I almost sold off my ticket to Whitney’s sold out show. It’s not that I dislike the band at all – far from it. In fact, I’ve been listening to guitarist Max Kakacek since his Smith Westerns debut and been familiar with the former Unknown Mortal ... Read More »
By Eva Love Ever since they were discovered in the subways of New York, Moon Hooch has made a name for itself as a powerful, experimental jazz trio. They’ll be playing at Doug Fir Lounge on Saturday, May 13. Tickets are still available, and I highly recommend checking them out live. The band is comprised of saxophonists Wenzl McGowen and ... Read More »
By Carmel Companiott I didn’t know what to expect from a matinee concert. After an opening set by Spanish indie-rockers Hinds at 5pm, Twin Peaks was supposed to play at 6pm – and finish long before their evening set, scheduled for 8pm. I wondered how they could play two shows in one night, especially since they would have to bring ... Read More »
Undoubtedly, Japandroids ignored the narrative surrounding the trajectory of modern indie rock. After a decade that found nearly every music publication running a “hot take” on the death of rock, or at least guitar-centric music, the Vancouver-duo put out successive albums Post-Nothing (2009) and Celebration Rock (2012) that worshipped the lamented era of rock superstardom. Their larger-than-life anthemic songs ... Read More »