Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Pink Martini: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Jun 29 2011

Portland's music scene these days often gets pigeonholed as a mix of folk, indie rock, and alt-country. But the Oregon city's most vibrant export might just be the idiosyncratic ensemble Pink Martini. The group has scant regard for genre distinctions: Its members draw inspiration from the past while crafting some of the most wildly innovative sounds you'll hear anywhere. They will try classical orchestration, salsa, Latin jazz, worldbeat, and even '70s soft rock, weaving those influences into a startlingly rich sonic tapestry. Their albums, particularly 2007's Hey Eugene! and 2009's Splendor in the Grass, are fiercely, painstakingly beautiful.

About The Author

M.T. Richards

Related Locations


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"