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Giant Steps

The epic rise of Kamasi Washington.


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The common link between some of the past year’s most acclaimed albums is a bearded, tunic-wearing saxophonist from Inglewood, Calif. If you’ve heard recent records from Flying Lotus and Kendrick L   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 PARKER HALL

Show Preview: Holly Herndon, Visible Cloaks


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[LIMINAL OPERA] Holly Herndon is Laurie Anderson for the YouTube generation. The San Francisco-based artist makes the sort of experimental dance music that yearns for deeper communication via technolo   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 WYATT SCHAFFNER

Introducing Snowblind Traveler


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Who: Matt Dorrien. Sounds like: Walking into a whiskey-soaked saloon after a long day on the road, and the piano player has a sad story for you.  For fans of: The Tallest Man on Earth, Father J   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 KAITIE TODD

MFNW Preview: Beat Connection


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For Reed Juenger, music has always been an interdisciplinary pursuit. Though Beat Connection began in earnest as a party-starting DJ duo at the University of Washington, his dorm-bound project has sin   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Jamie XX, Mattis: Saturday, July 25


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[INVENTED NOSTALGIA] In the lead-up to the release of U.K. polite-house producer Jamie XX’s brilliant debut solo record, In Colour, a clear narrative emerged from the banks of samples, sirens and po   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thursday, July 23

Drummer Riley Geare is UMO’s backbone, but he’s also one of Portland’s rising studio wizards.


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A glance at Riley Geare’s wrist will tell you he hasn’t been home for a few weeks. He was, until recently, on the road, playing drums with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and his forearm is a rainbow of   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Heems: Wednesday, July 22

In his old group, irony ruled. Now he’s finally getting real.


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Himanshu Suri has stories. Stories that, for years, he never told. His formative years were spent in post-9/11 New York. Xenophobia was high, and for an Indian-American teenager living in a South Asia   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MATTHEW SCHONFELD

MFNW Preview: Battles


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The idea of a math-rock outfit having enough cachet to be considered a “supergroup” may be a tad silly to the uninitiated, but it may be time to finally humor your barista with the one-man looping   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 PETE COTTELL

The 2015 PDX Pop Now! Yearbook

A look at eight of the superlative acts playing the annual local music festival.


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IMAGE: WW StaffValedictorian: Vinnie Dewayne <a href="http://vinniedewayne.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-passage-ep-before-the-scholar">Rites of Passage EP: Before the Scholar by Vinnie Dewayne   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Blowout


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Who: Laken Wright (bass, vocals), Travis King (guitar), Brennan Facchino (guitar), Nick Everett (drums).  Sounds like: A buzzed and sunny downhill bike ride on the last day of school. For fan   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CHRIS STAMM
 

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