Category Archives: MFNW

Live from MFNW, Day 2: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Since their inception in 2007, New York indie-pop band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have been bringing back everything beautiful from the 80s with their My Bloody Valentine-esque balance of melancholy fuzz and nostalgia accompanied with absolutely gorgeous lyrics. With their 2011 release Belong, the band let British producers Alan Moulder and Flood,Read more...

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Live from MFNW, Day 2: Menomena

Indie-rock veterans Menomena (pronounced like the Sesame Street song) kicked off our second day of live broadcasts from the Doug Fir Lounge at this year’s MFNW. The Portland band originated as Justin Harris, Danny Seim, and Brent Knopf, although Knopf recently left the group to work on his Ramona Falls project. Over the last decadeRead more...

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Live from MFNW, Day 1: Hello Echo

Formerly a guitarist for Boston band Apollo Sunshine, Sean Aylward broke away and headed west. Soon, his intended solo project grew into a full trio after an impromptu jam session with fellow Boston musicians Mike Silva and Mike Sarno in Baja, Mexico. Now, based in Santa Monica, CA, with Silva on drums and Sarno onRead more...

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Live from MFNW, Day 1: Purity Ring

Purity Ring put out their first track a year and a half before their debut album Shrines was released on 4AD records. The enormous following the Canadian duo garnered during that time is a testament to the band’s powerful songwriting as each subsequent track earned them more and more praise. Shrines seems to straddle theRead more...

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Live from MFNW, Day 1: Radiation City

Fresh off their sophomore release, Portland quintet Radiation City kicks off our live from MFNW broadcast at the Doug Fir Lounge with a smooth and sultry bang. After releasing The Hands That Shake You in 2011, the group steadily rose to local fame, growing from a duo to a trio before eventually adding an additionalRead more...

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MusicfestNW begins!

Barely a day after the end of Seattle’s Bumbershoot it’s time to head south to the wonderful city of Portland, OR for their own annual Musicfest Northwest. Beginning yesterday evening with performances from Passion Pit, Against Me, and The Hot Snakes, the festival, which takes place across the entire city, features over 170 bands acrossRead more...

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KEXP at MFNW!

Starting tomorrow, Thursday, September 6, through Saturday, September 8, KEXP will be broadcasting live from Doug Fir Lounge in Portland during MusicfestNW. It’ll be our 6th consecutive year and the lineup just keeps getting better and better. During the afternoons we’ll be hosting local bands and international superstars -- from Menomena and Radiation City toRead more...

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MFNW announces 2012 lineup

Today, Willamette Week announced the lineup for Portland’s premier music festival, MusicfestNW 2012. Celebrating its twelfth year, and featuring one if its best lineups ever, MFNW will own all of the Northwest from September 5th through 9th, as over 150 bands perform at 16 clubs around town. This year’s headliners include Silversun Pickups, Passion Pit,Read more...

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Live Video: KEXP at MFNW, Friday & Saturday

Last weekend, KEXP followed up the Seattle broadcast during Bumbershoot with another broadcast from Portland during MusicfestNW. Live from the Doug Fir, we hosted 12 more fantastic bands, including Explosions in the Sky, The Horrors, The Antlers, and Rhett Miller. You’ve already seen the videos from Thursday, which featured Little Dragon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sebadoh,Read more...

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Live Video: KEXP at MFNW, Thursday

Last weekend, KEXP followed up the Seattle broadcast during Bumbershoot with another broadcast from Portland during MusicfestNW. Live from the Doug Fir, we hosted 12 more fantastic bands, including Explosions in the Sky, The Horrors, The Antlers, and Rhett Miller. We kicked off our first day with Swedish group Little Dragon, who stripped down theirRead more...

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