Photos by Tiki
Photos by Tiki
Words by: Donovan
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s tour behind their collaborative record Lotta Sea Lice rolled into Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall on Friday, and the warm and fuzzy slacker rock vibes that made the record such an enjoyable listen were on even fuller display in the Schnitz. It’s difficult to think of a city more suited for the duo’s mellow and deceptively intelligent slacker rock than Portland, and the whole evening had the feel of a cozy house show played in front of a basement full homies while a joint was passed and laughs were had. However, instead of a basement crammed with twenty people, we were in one of the finest venues in the Pacific Northwest and there were a few thousand of us (and any J smoking had to be done outside). READ MORE
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known to fans as The Weeknd stopped through the Moda Center on his “Starboy: Legend of the Fall” tour. He also brought some killer opening acts with him as well. The first act he brought to the stage was Canadian rapper Nav. He’s a signee under The Weeknd’s label, XO as well as Republic records. The South Asian rapper found himself the catalyst of debate a earlier this year in which fans and other music lovers questioned Nav and other non African-American rappers of color using the “N” word in his music. There was an entire article that circulated around the web for a while about whether he should get a pass or not.
Despite the debacle, the rapper has come into his own and also decided to no longer use the word in his music. Following the XO imprint of music with his own personal drugged-out style, Nav has found a home with the label. Nav has only been on the scene a couple years but made tremendous strides nonetheless. Just this year alone he released his self-titled mixtape, as well as his sophomore follow up, “Perfect Timing” that was produced entirely by Atlanta’s own Metro Boomin.