Review: Ariel Pink’s ‘Pom Pom’ is comedy rock of the weirdest order

By on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 5:07 pm.

Ariel Pink is arguably the weirdest musician in the pop industry right now, and as such, he’s pretty much critic-proof. His latest album Pom Pom contains a five-minute ballad about being a frog and still managed to get an 8.8 from Pitchfork. But it’s not because he’s making high art. It’s because it’s plainly obvious […]

Album Review: She & Him’s “Classics” warms our hearts for the holiday season

By on Monday, Dec. 8 at 2:38 am.

It was three years ago when She & Him welcomed us into the holiday season with their album “A Very She & Him Christmas” and the timing of their latest record release, “Classics,” gives a similar welcome. She is Zooey Deschanel (vocals, piano) and Him is M. Ward (vocals, guitar, production). The duo is often cast […]

Review: The War on Drugs offer an ear-splitting performance

By on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 11:59 am.

The War on Drugs kickstarted 94.7 FM’s 10th annual December to Remember concert series in calm fashion on Wednesday night. Taking the stage with no walkout music, the show began much like how a great professor begins class: without notice, and with the expectation that once it begins, everyone will focus. The crowd did just […]

Review: Parkay Quarts navigates through cyber anxieties

By on Monday, Dec. 1 at 1:46 am.

I have a troubled relationship with Parquet Courts. I feel as if I’m watching the world’s funniest comedian and everyone around me is laughing. I awkwardly acknowledge to myself that the jokes are funny – I’m just not laughing and I don’t know why. Inadvertently, I alternate between obsession and denial of the band’s greatness. […]

Skip’s Records & CD World is worth the drive

By on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 12:32 pm.

Skip’s Records & CD World has been Eugene’s largest independent record store since opening in 1989. But even hardcore music geeks in Eugene may be unaware of it, especially if they’re anywhere near the University of Oregon campus.  Located more than three miles west of the Duck Store, Skip’s sits comfortably at the intersection of […]

Review: Justin Timberlake swooned Portland with the 20/20 Experience Thursday night

By on Sunday, Nov. 23 at 12:15 pm.

Almost 20,000 Portlanders gathered at the Moda Center for Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience Thursday night, including someone who was not as excited as she should have been: me. I was a little underprepared and hadn’t heard any of his new stuff. Nor did I have very high expectations from him musically. My love for JT […]

Bromfield: Why Eminem’s homophobia and misogyny is so dangerous

By on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 5:10 pm.

Eminem is spent. The classic three-album run he scored at the turn of the millennium (The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP, and The Eminem Show) was enough to secure his stature as a legend, showcasing a formidable technical and lyrical talent that was unafraid to shock and potentially alienate his fan base. But unfortunately, his shock […]

Review: One Direction’s new album FOUR — their bubble-gum pop sound is growing up

By on Friday, Nov. 21 at 3:39 pm.

On Nov. 17, British boy band One Direction released their fourth album in three years: FOUR. These international superstars continue to be successful in the music industry and in stealing our hearts. Though most of their fan base consists primarily of teenage girls, for years, Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis have made it nearly […]

Party playlist profile: DJ Good Vibes brings his skills to his own parties

By on Friday, Nov. 21 at 1:25 am.

Chase Chandler is a man you’d expect would know how to put together a good party playlist — in part because that’s his job. As DJ Good Vibes, he’s a regular at campus events and house parties in both Eugene and his hometown of Santa Barbara, California. Studying crowd reactions to his music has given him a […]

Review: Toro Y Moi delivers a grab bag of goodies with side project, Les Sins

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11:21 am.

Chaz Bundick’s strongest suit is his pop craftsmanship. On the albums he creates as Toro Y Moi, Bundick wraps generous helpings of reverb and phasers around pop songs, crafted with a light, almost Beatles-like touch. So it’s interesting to see what he does with the pop element stripped away. Michael, Bundick’s first album as Les Sins, […]

Sounds of Sama: King Sama drops his newest EP, ‘Oregon’

By on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 11:40 pm.

King Sama dropped his most recent EP, Oregon, on Oct. 31, 2014. The EP must have been released on Halloween because it is full of treats. Oregon, the EP, features a consistent flow of Neo-Soul rap and melodic tunes that mix with King Sama’s lyrics that describe his experiences in college. Emiro Blom, a sophomore […]

Twelve commonly misheard song lyrics to honor a fallen friend

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:49 pm.

It takes courage to sing in front of others; it takes even more courage to knowingly sing the wrong lyrics while masterfully swinging like one of the “wild and crazy” Festrunk brothers to a song by the Eagles. This was my friend Jake Stoneking, who was never afraid to have fun, no matter what the circumstances were. He […]

Bromfield: Why 2004 changed everything for indie music

By on Friday, Nov. 21 at 12:51 am.

“Indie” means “independent” as in “independent label,” and as such, indie music is maybe the only genre that’s theoretically based on the artists’ label affiliations rather than their sound. Yet many of the notable bands saddled with that increasingly abstract epithet are on majors these days. Thus, in 2014, its meaning changed to refer to […]

Double Takes: A discussion on Bob Dylan’s ‘Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11′

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 11:34 pm.

The Basement Tapes Complete, a six-disc collection of recordings of original tracks and covers, which Rolling Stone calls “the birth of lo-fi”* – was released in early November 2014. Six discs are undeniably too much for just one reviewer to handle, so the duties were divided between writers Craig Wright and Emerson Malone.   Emerson […]

mr. Gnome to dominate Portland on Nov. 23

By on Monday, Nov. 17 at 5:12 pm.

mr. Gnome, a rock-pop duo from Cleveland, makes a lot of noise for two people. Its new album, Heart of a Dark Star, named for a passage in a Neil Gaiman novel, progresses their maximalist, genre-grating sound. To quote Michael Katzif of NPR Music, it’s “a bold and blustery hurricane of guitars, organs and voices, all swirling around […]

Review: Vladislav Delay’s latest ambient album ‘Visa’ is one of his best

By on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 12:41 pm.

After being denied the visa he needed to tour in the United States, Vladislav Delay, a.k.a. electronic producer Sasu Ripatti, found himself with a lot of spare time on his hands. What to do? I like to imagine that Ripatti glanced around his domicile and saw his pile of electronic equipment waiting for him.  Angelic […]