All posts by Peter Woodburn

When people say they like all kinds of music, they usually add the caveat “except heavy metal”. Peter Woodburn doesn’t. In fact, he is almost always asking for more heavy metal. His love for music stems from seeing the Grateful Dead at the tender age of 11 years, and it hasn’t faded since. He loves everything from 15-minute-long bluegrass jams to thirty-second grindcore blasts, as well as everything in between. Give him a monster riff, though, and he will be forever happy.
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No Age – Everything In Between Album Review

There has been a recent surge of drummer/guitarist combos playing a brash brand of lo-fi rock with punk influences. Throughout all the hype — both positive and negative — these various acts have been garnering across the nation, No Age has continued to do its own thing, and in the process, has amassed critical acclaim...Read...
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Musicfest NW 2010 Festival Recap: Sleep, Scott Kelly, Baroness, Ceremony, Heiress, Red Fang

One of the best aspects of Musicfest NW is its intimate club settings. Whereas most music festivals are synonymous with enormous outdoor stages designed to fit tens of thousands of people, Portland sticks to its quirky Portland roots and packs seething masses of people into sweaty, energy-filled bars and venues. One major perk of this...Read...
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Bumbershoot 2010 Festival Review: The Decemberists, Baroness, Horse Feathers, Trampled By Turtles, Hey Marseilles

This year’s Bumbershoot may have been a bit smaller, rainier, and less musically-sophisticated than it usually is, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t some amazing performances. Here are some of the best from this year’s lineup.   Baroness While Mastodon may get all the grandiose hype for their concept albums about a plot that makes...Read...
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Mogwai’s Burning (2010) Film Review

Mogwai’s claim for being the “loudest live band on the planet” gets thrown around quite often — and why shouldn’t it? If your band is reliant on distortion, just crank those knobs and make some eardrums bleed. That is, at least, the mentality for a lot of bands. And while the Scottish post-rock tour de...Read...