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Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.


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Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked


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[FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music, arriving at something that over time has been both internationall   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.


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Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Gifts for the Queen

It’s Beyoncé’s birthday, so we shook the Portland Beyhive to ask: What do you get the R&B star who has it all?


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1. “The only thing I can think of that Bey doesn’t have (to my knowledge) is a patent on her amazingly perfect thighs.” —Natasha Kmeto, singer-producer 2. “I would give her a cocker    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Show Preview: Swans, Carla Bozulich, Grouper


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[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an urban myth, but it might as well be true   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Music Preview: Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Have cornet, will travel.


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Some years ago, while jazz composer-cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum was at his day job at New York’s Creative Capital Foundation, he gazed up at a map of the United States and, remembering the 800-m   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

In The City

The story of Portland’s original all-ages gay nightclub.


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The first time Daniel Schaefer went to the City Nightclub—the only all-ages gay dance club in Portland and, at the time, the country—he and his friends spent half an hour dawdling out front,   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: The Both, Telekinesis


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[MOM-AND-DAD ROCK] The Both pairs two indie-rock stars whose best work is probably behind them. That said, it is an intriguing match, as likable as anything either has done before. Ted Leo’s   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MARK STOCK

Van Lear Rosebud

Ten years after Jack White and Loretta Lynn’s tryst in “Portland, Oregon,” WW attempts to solve its greatest mystery.


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Until 2004, a sloe gin fizz usually meant a nasty hangover and some collegiate fumbling. But following that year’s release of Van Lear Rose—the epochal collaboration between dispossessed Queen   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 JAY HORTON

Hotseat: Hank Shocklee On Travis “Chilly Tee” Knight


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If hip-hop albums were measured solely by the production, then Portland’s best rap record was made not by Illmaculate, Lifesavas or even Cool Nutz, but by Travis “Chilly Tee” Knight. Bac   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 TREE PALMEDO
 

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