Another week, another Portland Mercury music section to pore over as you ignore the silly spat between Jack White and the Guinness Book of World Records. Hey, Jack, here's a record you can break! "Most Pretentious Scene in a Documentary in Which You Jam with a Child Version of Yourself for Some Weird Reason."
Julie Vitells is humbly self-effacing about her musical abilities, but don't let that fool you. She's a terrific songwriter, and What Hearts is a crackerjack band.
What Hearts - "Do It in the Day"
On the new Ramona Falls record, Brent Knopf deals with cosmic, spiritual, and social quandaries. If that sounds brainy, it is—but Knopf's melodic knack makes it all go down effortlessly.
Ramona Falls - "Spore"
Doesn't matter that there's not a wave around for miles. Grab your surfboard and party along with Guantanamo Baywatch.
Guantanamo Baywatch - "Boomerenga"
In which I go out delivering pizzas with Divers. You won't see these heartfelt rockers on any lists of best bands in Portland—yet. But you will.
Divers - "Montrose"
Plus a teetering stack of Up & Coming shows.