Matt Young

Matt Young has written 95 posts for Mekong Music

The Kills Open Up MusicFestNW 2011

The Kills @ The Crystal Ballroom (MusicFestNW) | September 7 | $20 | 7 | All Ages Portland’s MusicfestNW 2011 is finally upon us and there are a wealth of amazing and interesting bands involved this year not least of which are The Kills who kick things off on day one with their own brand … Continue reading

Sigur Ros Intrigue with ‘Inni’ Clip

Icelandic indie rockers Sigur Ros have released an intriguing back-and-white clip of their latest project Inní­­ via their website and mailing list. Information on what this brief clip refers to are scant, however, a bit of digging reveals that the footage comes from a film directed by Vincent Morrisset who created Arcade Fire’s Mirror Noir … Continue reading

Yuck Bring Their Slacker Pop To Portland

Yuck, Unknown Mortal Orchestra @ Doug Fir Lounge | July 24 | $12 Adv, $13 | 8 | 21+ There’s a lot currently being said and written about Yuck. Concerning their gorgeous slacker pop sound and the great melodies they casually toss about and throw away in their songs. Yes there are the retrospective Lemonheads, … Continue reading

Cults Showcase Their Shimmering Pop

Cults, Guard, Writer @ Mississippi Studios | July 23 | $12 Adv, $14 | 8.30 | 21+ Cults are one of those ‘phenomenon’ that the internet spews forth from time to time. The remarkable take up following the online release of Go Outside earlier this year is a testimony of that. The solipsistic musical lilt, … Continue reading

Cold Cave And Austra – Synthpop’s Dream Team

Cold Cave, Austra @ Doug Fir Lounge | July 22 | $12 Adv, $14 | 8 | 21+ There’s a chilled synthpop vibe descending on Doug Fir Lounge July 22nd as two top exponents of leftfield, goth influenced electronica Cold Cave and Austra bring their cool sounds to Portland. Cold Cave’s latest album Cherish the … Continue reading

The Seductive Sounds of Memory Tapes

Memory Tapes @ Doug Fir Lounge | July 20 | $12 | 8 | 21+ Dayve Hawk, the deliberately shadowy creator of Memory Tapes, brings his delicious chill-wave to Doug Fir Lounge following the release of his sophomore album Player Piano on Carpark/Something in Construction. Whereas Memory Tapes first album Seek Magic brought together the … Continue reading

Parenthetical Girls Get Up Close and Personal

Parenthetical Girls, Vice Device, Extra Life and Sam Mickens @ Holocene | July 17 | $5 | 8.30 | 21+ When Portland’s own Parenthetical Girls put on a show they really make it count. So Holocene is guaranteed to be buzzing as the band showcase newer songs from the third installment of their Privilege EP’s … Continue reading

The Horrors – Skying

The progress of The Horrors from their murky debut with Strange House via Primary Colours with its clearer focus and wider appeal is one of slow incessant evolution. The sounds have changed and the tone is lighter in general but the soul of their sound remains intact. Now on the eve of the release of … Continue reading

M83 – Album Teaser

Anthony Gonzalez has been ‘a slumber’. And now he awakes. Actually he’s not been sleeping at all he probably been very hard at work creating all kinds of musical loveliness for his new album as M83. In the wake of 2008’s Saturdays=Youth Gonzalez has been busier than ever just not releasing his own material, until … Continue reading

Follow That Bird! – Wooden Bones

It’s incredible, unsettling and crazy how much life pulls out surprises when you’re just going about your mundane daily business. Take today for instance. As a desensitized critic who has so many t-shirts from the number of times I’ve ‘been there, done that’ in my appreciation of new bands and music I did not anticipate … Continue reading