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The Funk Master Flexes

For Damon Riddick, funk is no laughing matter.


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Dam-Funk didn’t sign up to be anyone’s savior.  About a decade ago, when the 44-year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist born Damon Riddick finally decided to make a go of the music care   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Babes in Toyland, FEA


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[PUNK LEGENDS] As underground grunge, alternative and metal acts graduated to major labels in the early ’90s, only one band fought hard enough to keep its teeth from being filed down. Minneapolis tr   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

An Old Person’s Guide to Ariana Grande


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Who is Ariana Grande, and why should I care? She’s an actress-turned-pop star, and she can really sing, man. The 22-year-old has one of the best voices in the world, and it’s not just pop music.    More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Simply the Best

Scharpling and Wurster are every music nerd’s favorite comedy duo. Want in on the jokes? Here’s a primer.


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If you’ve never heard of The Best Show, the beloved New Jersey-based Internet radio program, the first thing you must know is that its phone lines are a sacred space, and host Tom Scharpling guards    More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Q&A: Daniel Barosa, Director of GRU-PDX

A Brazilian filmmaker on his love letter to Portland music.


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In 2013, Quarto Negro, a two-man atmospheric pop group from Brazil, flew to Portland to record an album with the help of another duo, the Helio Sequence, and brought filmmaker Daniel Barosa with them.   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Vic Mensa, Towkio


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[SON OF YEEZUS] Vic Mensa became a man in 2015. He performed with Kanye West on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special, and inked a deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation. For a 22-year-old rapper f   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Beyond the Waterfront: MFNW at Night


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Wednesday, Aug. 19  Red Bull Sound Select presents Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities and Illmaculate  Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $3 with RSVP at redbullsoundselect.com.    More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

MFNW Preview: Beirut

How a kid from Eastern Oregon helped save Zach Condon from himself—and finally got him to finish a new album.


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When your band’s press release explains that your latest record is the byproduct of a physical and mental breakdown and your subsequent recovery, you are signing up to talk about that breakdown for    More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

MFNW Preview: Danny Brown

What you need to know about the Motor City’s newest madman.


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Danny Brown might be the biggest weirdo in hip-hop. The 34-year-old Detroit rapper has amassed a rabid following of rap fiends, teenagers, critics and stoned Adult Swim viewers with his nasally voice    More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

MFNW Preview: Belle and Sebastian

Twenty years in, indie pop’s greatest band is still learning new tricks. Like disco!


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For the past 19 years, Belle and Sebastian has been on a quest. The purpose of that quest?  “To make better records,” says guitarist and songwriter Stevie Jackson. Next ye   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 KAITIE TODD
 

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