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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

September 7, 2009
Way back in the yesteryear of 2000, the soggy little North By Northwest music festival threw in the towel. Bummed but undaunted, the plucky staff of Portland's local alternative news and entertainment paper, the Willamette Week, which had been co-producers of that event, took it upon themselves to create a new music festival in NXNW's stead. Rolling up their sleeves and teaming up with members of the local and regional music scene, the crew got to work on assembling Musicfest NW, an ever-expanding, multi-day event that has been going strong since 2001.

Sponsored by Nike, Heineken, Scion and a host of other companies, the 2009 edition of MfNW, held at various venues around the Portland metropolitan area from September 16th through the 19th, promises to be a bigger and better festival than previous years, which is no small task. With an ultimate aim to "provide Portland with a unique and special musical experience that features all types of acts including nationally renowned artists while still honoring and supporting the special musical scene of the Northwest," the four-day event is going for the gold next week. Organizers began selling tickets during the summer, with multi-day wristbands set at $60 for access to any venue, subject to capacity. Considering the breadth and depth of the lineup, that's not a bad deal.

Thus far a reunited Sunny Day Real Estate seems to be the big draw, especially for old-school emo types of the Cascades, but a generally stellar lineup extends far beyond the introspective Seattleites (okay, The Get Up Kids are also on the bill, but you can't win them all). A few of the standouts scheduled for this year's event include Explosions In Sky, Dirty Three, Mount Eerie, Beach House, Eluvium, John Vanderslice, Pink Mountaintops, OM, Bobby Bare Jr. and, what the heck, even Mudhoney. There are, quite literally, dozens more acts in the lineup, and to boot there will be plenty of groups to entertain fans of bands with stupid names, including but not limited to Portugal The Man, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Cymbals Eat Guitars.

If you can't make it out in person you might want to check the audio stream from KEXP.org, as the Seattle-based radio station plans to broadcast live from The Doug Fir Lounge on the nights of September 17th and 18th.

SEE ALSO: www.musicfestnw.com

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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