Jef Krohn

Farewell to Green Mountain by Cedar Teeth — a Review

Portland has a plethora of amazing local music these days and as we gear up for the music festival season, fresh on the heels of a glorious memorial weekend full of sunshine, barbeques, and tune-infused campfires, PDX Magazine received what can only be described as an omen. Well… actually it was an email request for an album review from none other than Cedar Teeth. For those of you in the know this has been a greatly anticipated second arrival from the Portland natives who have been gaining national attention as they continue to tour with the likes of The Fruitions and Hillstomp…among others. For those of you yet unaware of the hypnotically folk-infused bluegrass sound of Cedar Teeth, this is the EP you’re going to want to introduce yourself to. This five-person mega-ensemble of Hill-Billy-Beethovens take the stage and studio with a sound that can only be compared to the invigorating aroma of old growth ferns lying decadently near a crackling creek of crystal clear water that’s only found in the dense foothills of the Mt. Hood National forest, also known as Cedar Teeth’s backyard. “Farewell to Green Mountain” is an evolutionary journey of Cedar Teeth utilizing complex song structures…

Dead Sara — Something Good

It’s not that often that we here at PDX Magazine cover bands or artists that aren’t, shall I say, home grown. Dead Sara, however, is an exception. This rock band from Los Angeles has proven to be a crowd pleasing spectacle of raw energy, emotion, and soul that you’ll not want to miss. With the gritty and passionate vocals of Emily Armstrong mixed with the aggressively solid hitting rock sound of Siouxsie Medly, this high-octane rock n’ roll duo will electrify you where you stand. During their 2013 U.S. tour with Muse, Chicago Music Monthly stated, “Dead Sara is an example of everything that is right with rock and roll. Their live show is one that will not be forgotten for hundreds of Muse fans seeing them for the first time.” Having just launched their first tour in support of their sophomore album, “The Airport Sessions,” Dead Sara is set to take the country by storm. As Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) declared, “Dead Sara should be the next biggest rock band in the world.” And we think you should come out see why for yourself. When: July 14th, 2015 Where: The Star Theater (13 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209) Tickets:…

Beer: Near and Dear

With over fifty microbreweries within PDX city limits and dozens more minutes away from the epicenter, Oregon has more craft breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. These myriad choices can be dizzying. PDX Magazine is here to help our readers with semi-regular feature articles exploring some of the area’s greatest breweries. We start our adventure with Baerlic Brewing (pronounced bear-lick), which is located just up 11th Avenue from the PDX offices. They’re one of the newest breweries in town and they preach a mantra of keeping their beer “near and dear,” sourcing local ingredients whenever possible. And so, less than a football field away from our headquarters, we step into the world of Portland craft brewing. From the moment we walk through the door at Baerlic, our senses are bombarded with moist and mouthwatering aromas of mystical mash concoctions created by the bustling brewmasters and sud savants. The sudden departure from the typically crisp Portland night air as we enter the warm and tastefully barren establishment causes the palatable aromas, such as wheat, barley, and yeast, to be all-encompassing and tantalizing, leaving we patrons focused and determined. Approaching the spigot-forged wall of delicacies, we take in the colorful contrast between the chalk-lined reader…

Federale, Immigrant Union, and Brush Prairie at Mississippi Studios

Above: Brent DeBoer of Immigrant Union. Photo by Miri Stebivka. Back in November, PDX Magazine sponsored another epic event-adventure featuring local spaghetti western favorites Federale, Brent DeBoer’s Aussie ensemble Immigrant Union, and PDX sweetheart Zia McCabe’s Brush Prairie. A western revival of sorts, the night proved to be quite the hipster hoedown. Each act brought with them a unique approach to classic country-folk jamborees and mystical-magic melodies. From Immigrant Union’s clashing of traditional folk sounds with the flashy foray of experimental glam-rock to Federale’s original revival of classic western movie soundtracks to Brush Prairies covers of timeless outlaw country, the homegrown gritty grooves did not disappoint the sell-out crowd. Check out the event videos below and be sure to join us for our next grand event. —Jef Krohn, Music Editor Note: A special thanks to Stephanie Neil Productions, Mississippi Studios, Nalin Silva, Brent DeBoer, Zia McCabe, and Collin Hegna.   https://vimeo.com/111702583  

First Girl Fest Northwest rocks Portland

The first annual Girl Fest Northwest (GFNW) music festival, of which PDX Magazine is a proud sponsor, was an intimate event that featured an eclectic array of music. The showcase, ranging from hip-hop to folk-infused techno to raw unadulterated punk, drew a crowd just as diverse as its musical lineup. Young and old, hipsters and slickers, gathered on Aug. 2 at Lola’s Room of the Crystal Ballroom to celebrate, promote, and embrace women in music. For the event’s organizer Madison Sturdevant, the idea has been percolating as long as she’s been writing about the Northwest music scene. “While writing about music, I was consistently frustrated by the attitude toward female musicians in the scene,” explains Sturdevant, who currently writes for the Portland-based premiere Hip-Hop lifestyle magazine, We Out Here Magazine. “I saw hardly any female artists receiving the opportunities or recognition received by men they worked alongside. Also, there are many expectations put on female artists that aren’t put on men. You have to act a certain way, behave a certain way—definitely look a certain way. GFNW started off simply as a showcase for female artists, where they could perform and the focus would be 100 percent on their music”…