This Week's Mercury Music Section
- Charley Zheng
- Michele Wylen
Another week, another Mercury
music section that doesn't trample on the graves of dead rock icons
. Look, only an idiot would assume that Paul McCartney would be insensitive enough to perform Nirvana songs with the remaining members of the band tonight—the man happens to have a few songs of his own, you know—but let's get real. If anyone were
to do such a thing, Macca's the best man for the job, being not unfamiliar with lionized dead songwriters himself.
• • •Michele Wylen
is something of an anomaly in Portland: a mainstream pop artist whose music would fit in with anything else in the Top 40. But that's just a hint of what Wylen's got going on—her live show this weekend promises to be a multimedia extravaganza.
• • •Pinehurst Kids
have been playing in Portland since before you moved here, kiddo. Their new EP, Nobody Talks
, isn't some shadow of emo's past, but the excellent work of a band still at the peak of their powers.LISTEN:
Pinehurst Kids - "River's Edge"
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The Mayan apocalypse is right around the corner. Fittingly, the hooded fellows in Sunn O)))
make long, drawn-out riffs that signify the end of the world.LISTEN:
Sunn O))) - "Big Church"
• • •The Mountain Goats
' John Darnielle says he's still an optimist, and generally happy. Of course, that was before he accidentally wedged a throw rug under a heating vent during our phone interview.LISTEN:
The Mountain Goats - "Cry for Judas"
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Plus a stacked deck of this week's Up & Coming