Multiple choice! Portland band Genders have done which of the following?
A. Hit a deer with their van
B. Left a somewhat aggressive note on the door of Built to Spill's practice space
C. Released an exceptional debut album
D. All of the above
LISTEN: Genders - "Something to Get You By"
True or false? Fanno Creek's new album contains songs about aliens and outer space.
LISTEN: Fanno Creek - "On My Way"
Essay section! Explain, in detail, how the Dismemberment Plan's shadow of influence grew in their absence, and how they indirectly shaped the course of what is now commonly referred to as "indie rock." Show your work.
LISTEN: The Dismemberment Plan - "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer"
All the answers and more, in the new Mercury music section! Plus an answer key full of this week's Up & Coming shows.
Blitzen Trapper like Oregon. A lot.
LISTEN: Blitzen Trapper - "Shine On"
At 17, Lorde is holding her own against a crowded market of pop queens.
LISTEN: Lorde - "Team"
Drake vs. Miguel vs. Future... WHO YA GOT???
LISTEN: Miguel - "Adorn"
Debate Club! We have conflicted feelings about Pearl Jam. Very conflicted feelings.
LISTEN: Pearl Jam - "Faithfull"
And a healthy dollop of Up & Coming shows.
Check out what's in this week's hot new issue, and listen to new records, from start to finish, from each of the bands!
A friend once told Casey Neill: "First you learn how to keep your shit together and not destroy things. Later in life, you look back and wish you'd destroyed more shit." He took that message to hear on Casey Neill and the Norway Rats' new album.
LISTEN: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats - "All You Pretty Vandals"
Portland duo Dramady have eight limbs, and they're not afraid to use them.
LISTEN: Dramady - "I Wanna Be Good"
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin visited Russia, because their name, and they were guests at a school assembly, where "they watched a montage of photos of their band and the real Boris Yeltsin as Russian students played the Beatles' 'Let It Be.'"
LISTEN: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - "Harrison Ford"
Plus a dreamcatcher's haul of Up & Coming shows.
And now, the bands in this week's music section—IN LIVING SOUND.
The music of Shy Girls begins and ends in the bedroom.
They were Drew Grow and the Pastors' Wives. Now they are Modern Kin. There's a difference.
The Swedes in In Solitude don't just rattle metal's cage, they bust it wide open.
And a kaleidoscopic carnival ride of Up & Coming shows. Step right up!
Neo Boys might not be in the textbooks, but they helped make Portland music history.
LISTEN: Neo Boys - "Poor Man's Jungle"
Vikesh Kapoor's marvelous first album is also a vital piece of social commentary in an era when America's workforce is vanishing.
LISTEN: Vikesh Kapoor - "I Dreamt Blues"
Plankton Wat's Dewey Mahood left Eternal Tapestry, but he still can't shake his Northern California upbringing on his latest album, Drifter's Temple.
LISTEN: Plankton Wat - "Empire Mines"
Is going to a Geto Boys concert in the year 2013 a good idea? Our Bobby Roberts elucidates.
LISTEN: Geto Boys - "Mind Playing Tricks on Me"
Saxon helped invent heavy metal as we know it. It's time to start giving 'em credit.
LISTEN: Saxon - "And the Bands Played On"
Plus a gaggle of Up & Coming show previews, you silly goose. Honk!
The ladies in UK post-punk group Savages (pictured above) ask that you put down the smartphone.
LISTEN: Savages - "Shut Up"
WEB EXCLUSIVE! Matt Slessler chatted with Squeeze's Glenn Tilbrook, master songwriter, singer, and guitarist.
LISTEN: Squeeze - "Another Nail in My Heart"
On his current tour, Peter Hook plays two New Order albums in their entirety. He's got a pretty good reason for doing so.
LISTEN: New Order - "Dreams Never End"
Star Anna kept her ex on the record even after they broke up—and they broke up bad. "It was too good to give a shit about any of that other stuff," Anna told Ryan White.
LISTEN: Star Anna - "For Anyone"
Seattle's Rose Windows join Eastern and Western musics together for far-out, heavy Northwestern psych. Plus, flutes!
LISTEN: Rose Windows - "Native Dreams"
And a super-sized Up & Coming section of all the shows happening this week—it was too big to fit 'em all in the paper, so get greedy online!
Jason Isbell got sober and made the best record in a very strong catalog of really good records. Former Oregonian music writer Ryan White was good enough to tell us about it.
LISTEN: Jason Isbell - "Stockholm"
The Born Losers came down from Alaska to make it big. That didn't happen, exactly, but we got the Builders and the Butchers out of the deal. And now we get a Born Losers reunion, too. Portland wins again!
LISTEN: The Born Losers - "Up All Nite"
Dresses might not be on the tip of the hipper-than-thou music scene's tongue, but that scarcely matters. This pair of native Portlanders is making delightful, adorable pop, and they're going places.
LISTEN: Dresses - "Blew My Mind"
Plus the usual rigamarole of Up & Coming shows.
Ha, just kidding! We have actual good music to talk about! Here's a band from Australia, who lives in the UK, who might be moving to America... oh, it doesn't matter where they live. All that matters is Cloud Control's marvelous new album—out next month—is one of the best things you can put in your ears these days.
LISTEN: Cloud Control - "Dojo Rising"
The Lower 48 came from Minnesota making folk; now the three-piece is a full-on Portland band making full-on, bubblegummy rock 'n' roll. And doing a great job with it.
LISTEN: The Lower 48 - "That's What I'll Say"
Okay, the supergroup-as-Voltron analogy is a little tired, but how else would you describe a band like VHÖL? They're like the United Nations? The Algonquin Round Table? The Expendables? No, none of these are adequate to convey the pure, powerful, consolidated metal of one of the West Coast's mightiest bands.
LISTEN: VHÖL - "Grace"
Plus a freezer's worth of Up & Coming shows.
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