It's time for our annual lists of favorite records of the year! Vote for your favorites of 2013 here, and see what your fellow readers and music fans have voted so far.
Break out those ugly holiday v-necks, turtle-necks, tunics and cardigans, The Portland Cello Project is bringing their annual seasonal soiree to the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall along with a bevvy of special guests. We've got tickets you can win, giftwrap is optional!
In Michael Lewis' final post about teaching music in Kabul, Afghanistan, the end of the trip prompts a flurry of activity to finish recording before leaving.
Arcade Fire's Reflektor and Midlake's Antiphon are at the top of our airplay chart again this week:
1. Arcade Fire: Reflektor
2. Midlake: Antiphon
3. Arctic Monkeys: AM
4. The Dismemberment Plan: Uncanny Valley
5. White Denim: Corsicana Lemonade
The long road to Amor Ad Nauseum finally has an endpoint: Aan's full-length debut arrives February 4th via upstart Portland label Party Damage.
The beloved D.C. band returned this year with their first record in twelve years. Here's your chance to make up for lost time with them (plus opener Telekinesis!) as they come to the Wonder Ballroom this Sunday.
Among the first songs we've heard from Malk's upcoming Wig Out at Jagbags, "Lariat" comes from the same place he brought us restrained pop nuggets like "Tigers" and "Gardenia."
In his 3rd post about teaching music in Kabul, Afghanistan, Portland musician Michael Lewis discusses how music, teaching, and life carry on during the holiday Ashura, preparation for the Loya Jerga assembly, and a bombing in the city.
Thursday on opbmusic, hear sets from the Newport Folk Festival, including Black Prairie, JD McPherson, and Justin Townes Earle. And just in time for the holiday, take a look at this favorite video with Robert Sarazin Blake.
It's our second post from Michael Lewis, currently teaching at Rock School Kabul. As he writes here, music supplies are in short supply, but inspiration is not.
New releases from Midlake and Arcade Fire top our airplay chart this week:
1. Midlake: Antiphon
2. Arcade Fire: Reflektor
3. Minor Alps: Get There
4. Modern Kin: Modern Kin
5. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Give the People What They Want