Keeping score of Battles' musical configuration from album to album can be perplexing, but the effort is more than worth the confusion. They began as an instrumental band (EP C), to add vocals (Mirrored), then lose vocalist Tyondai Braxton. For their latest, Gloss Drop, they've...

October 9th, 2011 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland OR EMA When EMA and her backing band took the stage at the Doug Fir lounge Sunday night, the first thing I noticed was the word "TRUE" emblazoned across the front of the eponymous singer/guitarist's shirt. Her outfit--black...

September 15th, 2011 - Rotture, Portland, OR After sleepwalking through a night and a half of slick, mismatched suburban rock of MusicfestNW, the scent G-funk spilled forth through the weathered slabs of inner SE's Rotture was like blood in the water for those of us begging...

September 15th, 2011 - Dante's, Portland, OR Alex Zhang Hungtai's desert-dwelling, sunburnt Suicide jams didn't really do much for me on his debut LP as Dirty Beaches, but the man's set at Dante's on Friday night of MusicfestNW was absolutely mesmerizing in a most bizarre and...

September 15th, 2011 - Branx, Portland, OR Suuns -- which, for the confused, and for me prior to MusicFestNW is pronounced "soons" -- play exactly the kind of dark dancey art rock that works for me. The Montreal band's ability to bridge pop and dance...

September 15th, 2011 - Holocene, Portland, OR I have eternally been confusing Twin Sister with Twin Shadow, and that confusion had led me to be less than interested in Twin Sister. Thanks to MusicFestNW, consider me relieved from my stifling ignorance. Twin Sister were a most...

Between the well-dressed band members of The Walkmen and the heavenly harmonies and musings of Fleet Foxes, the show last Wednesday at the Greek Theater in Los Angles was like going on a date with perfect gentleman. With Griffith Park serving as a beautiful backdrop,...