Cover Features

David Bazan

In this month’s cover feature, David Bazan discusses performing with digital technology, composing with the body, and how to honor the baby Jesus by calling out evil. Read all about it, and catch him live at Revolution Hall on Dec. 17

Sleigh Bells

Born of an unlikely restaurant interaction, Sleigh Bells is one of the most prominent indie acts of this decade. This month’s cover feature is an interview with singer Alexis Krauss on the duo’s new record, dream collaborations and Nov. 18 show at Wonder Ballroom.

The Thermals

Before The Thermals play Revolution Hall on Oct. 23, we caught up with frontman Hutch Harris to discuss the veteran Portland punk band’s latest album, “We Disappear,” what it means to retain a DIY identity, and aging out of the PDX house show scene.


Two decades after Garbage was a seminal ’90s alt-rock band, they’re touring their sixth album, “Strange Little Birds,” and coming to Portland on Sept. 18. This month’s cover feature is a Q&A with drummer and producer Butch Vig on Garbage’s self-created record label, Shirley Manson speaking for the band and the evolution of alternative music.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff’s explosion to prominence in the last year may seem overnight, but the Colorado songwriter has been taking a careful and workmanlike approach to music for almost two decades. He’s hit it big with his new rock/soul band The Night Sweats behind him, and they return to Portland on Aug. 27 for Project Pabst. Read on for our cover feature.

Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade makes its return to the US festival circuit next month at Pickathon. In this month’s cover feature, Dan Boeckner discusses balancing the group’s many projects, returning from hiatus, and why Pickathon is his favorite North American music festival.

Kyle Craft

This month’s cover feature is a candid exploration with Kyle Craft, whose new album “Dolls of Highland” was released on Sub Pop earlier this year. Craft plays June 18 at Alberta Abbey for Eleven’s five-year anniversary party.


Autolux drummer Carla Azar talks Coachella, Kendrick Lamar and making the band’s new album with producer Boots. Autolux plays Doug Fir Lounge on May 27.

Julia Holter

“Holter is fond of saying she doesn’t think of herself as a singer, but instead as a storyteller, and that’s something that is certainly on display throughout her latest album.”

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down plays Wonder Ballroom on March 25. Read our interview with Thao Nguyen about her personal and daring new album.