Posts from — August 2011
YACHT is a Portland based band that we are happy to have returning to MFNW. The core group consists of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, but expands to include musicians Rob “Bobby Birdman” Kieswetter, Jeffrey Brodsky and Katy Davidson as touring members. They are currently touring behind their most recent release Shangri-La. In addition to MFNW, the band will be playing the FYF Fest & Bumbershoot in September.
August 31, 2011 No Comments
The Antlers are a Brooklyn based 3 piece band that just are touring behind there new release, Burst Apart. Burst Apart is a great follow up to their last album Hospice, that was centered around dying themes. We are excited to have them back in Portland for MFN & they join a great line-up on Sunday downtown which also includes Typhoon & Explosions In the Sky.
MP3/Download: The Antlers – “Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out”
MP3/Download: The Antlers – “I Don’t Want Love”
August 30, 2011 No Comments
The annual MusicfestNW Poster Show is dead, kaput, muerto. But fear not. Rising from its ashes is the more consumer-friendly MusicfestNW Poster Mart, presented by EMP.
Held in the Jupiter Hotel’s courtyard (800 E Burnside St.), the MusicfestNW Poster Mart is open to everyone who wants to peruse the custom-made MFNW show posters and other original works, meet the artists who created them, slap down some sweet green scrilla and take home a poster.
This year, MFNW enlisted artists such as Guy Burwell (Portland), Studio Frontaal (Netherlands), John Vogl (Denver) and a slew of others who crafted meticulous pieces for MFNW’s shows.
The Poster Mart will be open Saturday, September 10th from noon to 10 pm, so if you see a MFNW show that changes your life, or think you might have a life-changing experience (you will, trust us), run down to the Poster Mart to commemorate (or, pre-emptively memorialize) that moment in time with a slick new piece of art.
August 30, 2011 No Comments
Local PDX’ers Richmond Fontaine will be releasing their new album The High Country this fall & we are excited to get a preview this year at MFNW. Due out September 20, The High Country is a conceptual recording—or, as they call it, a “song-novel concept album”—that takes full advantage of frontman Willy Vlautin’s gift for writing (sad) stories about fascinating (and sad) characters. Shockingly, the album has no songs about Vlautin’s other favorite topics: Reno, horses, drunk jockeys, and a drunk Reno jockey who rides a horse that has a gambling problem.
These are the songs from the 7″ single for “The High Country”. It features two songs from the upcoming album and a bonus instrumental.
August 29, 2011 No Comments
Seattle’s The Moondoggies are one of the best bands out of Seattle right now & we are happy to have them back in PDX for MFNW. After recently touring with Portland’s own Blitzen Trapper and now The Moondoggies are touring behind their album called Tidelands & recently recorded a Bob Dylan track for Sirus XM Radio Loft Sessions (download below). The band will be touring in September including stops @ DMB Caravan Fest (The Gorge), Austin City Limits & MFNW:
09.02-04.11 – George, WA – DMB Caravan Fest @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09.10.11 – Portland, OR – Music Fest NW @ Bunk Bar *
09.12.11 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place *
09.13.11 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord *
09.14.11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *
09.15.11 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
09.17.11 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
09.17.11 – Austin, TX – Antone’s ACL Official Aftershow ^
09.21.11 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive *
09.22.11 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen *
09.23.11 – Salt Lake City, UT – State Room *
09.24.11 – Boise, ID – Neurolux *
August 24, 2011 No Comments
Sebadoh (Lou Barlow’s post Dinosor Jr band) has been fixture on the lo-fi music scene since the late 80′s. They make their return this year to MFNW in the middle of a world-wide tour. Here is a press release:
After reissuing two of their finest albums to date — Bakesale and Harmacy — the guys of Sebadoh quickly hit the road earlier this year. But while Lou Barlow and company were touring, they missed a few venues in the U.S. As such, they have announced a slew of gigs for the coming months. After spending some time overseas, they’ll make their way back to the States in late October.
08.23 Manchester, UK: Academy 3
08.24 Edinburgh, UK: Cabaret Voltaire
09.08 Portland, OR: Crystal Ballroom (Musicfest NW)
09.16 Perth, AU: Rosemount Hotel
09.18 Melbourne, AU: Corner Hotel
09.19 Melbourne, AU: Corner Hotel
09.21 Sydney, AU: Metro Theatre
09.22 Brisbane, AU: The Hi Fi
09.27 Shibuya, JP: O-Nest
09.29 Nagoya, JP: Apollo Theater
09.30 Osaka, JP: Fandango
10.01 Fukuoka, JP: Musk
10.02 Sibuya, JP: O-West
2011 Sebadoh Press:
SeBADoh Bakesale Reissues and Tour Dates (Sort of) – BackstageRider.com
SeBADoh West Coast Tour Dates Announced – BackstageRider.com
Snoop Dogg Preps New LP, Sebadoh Reunite – SPIN.com
Lou Barlow from Sebadoh plays Fractured Fridays, January 21 – MoviesMusicMayhem.com
Sebadoh Classic Plans Classic Reunion and Tour – TheSpacelab.tv
Sebadoh Plot Expanded Bakesale Reissue, Play Vancouver on North American Tour – Exclaim.ca
Sebadoh Plot More Reissues, tour dates – Consquence of Sound
August 23, 2011 No Comments
Sharon Van Etten was one of the hottest acts at SXSW last year. We welcome this Brooklyn based artist to MFNW! She recently collaborated with The National on the 2011 movie Win, Win and she is touring behind her 2010 release Epic. Sharon recently signed to JagJaguar & her profile page can be seen here.
Sharon Van Etten will play the Crystal Ballroom on Friday, September 9th @ 10pm during MFNW.
August 22, 2011 No Comments
AgesandAges is becoming one of our favorite PDX-based bands and we are happy to have them playing MFNW! With their distinctive multipart harmonies, AgesandAges shows great promise to become a defining force in Portland’s music scene. They are currently touring on their first album Alright You Restless.
August 17, 2011 No Comments
If there’s one thing that can be said about Old Light, it’s that they play with intention– a quality that shines through in our session with the Portland band. Yet, their story is one about an almost accidental band, one whose beginning was (like a lot of things in this town) brought about in part because of coffee.
As guitarist/singer Charlie Hester tells it, it was his gig slinging espresso that led to regular meetings with San Francisco transplant Garth Steel Klippert and the parade of musician friends he’d bring around for morning after gig wake-me-ups. Before long, the two were talking music and Klippert was passing a demo of some “autoharp songs” to Hester, who himself is a longtime member of The Parson Red Heads. It wasn’t long before Klippert got a call with Hester on the other end telling him, “I’m in your band. I booked us a show. When’s practice?” Such is the interesting past that led to Old Light’s debut The Dirty Future, out last October on Arena Rock.
Now a filled-out five-piece (Klippert and Hester joined by bassist Patrick Finn and dueling drummers Todd Roper and Scott DeMay), the band joined us for an amped up set of songs from their debut. They also talk about their seemingly fated formation, upcoming recording plans and the notion of “intergenerational radness.”
Old Light plays Pickathon this weekend, with sets Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, as well as Holocene August 10th, and a MusicFest NW date at Bunk Bar September 9th.
August 16, 2011 No Comments
Here in the Basement, we are really excited to Centro-Matic is returning to Portland for MFNW! The Denton, Texas based band has been a Portland favorite for a while now & they are currently touring behind a new album, Candidate Waltz. Centro-Matic will play the Bunk Bar on Friday, September 9th @ 12am during MFNW.
MP3/Download: Centro-matic–”Only In My Double Mind” (mp3)
August 15, 2011 No Comments