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The stoniest Portland albums ever.

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Oregon wasn’t the first state to legalize marijuana, but maybe that’s because we were too busy making heavy, trippy, funky or otherwise mind-expanding music to remember to mail in our ballots. Som   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Introducing Alia Zin

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Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar if he went straight into the studio after hearing Tupac for the first time. For fans of: Nas, Lauryn Hill, Digable Planets, Black Star, Joey Badass, Vinnie Dewayne. The   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Dirtybird BBQ Saturday, July 4

The San Francisco dance label heats up the grill and hits the road.

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The blueprint for success in the world of dance music is clear: Get a crew together, throw some parties, start a label. But for Barclay Crenshaw, Sean Williams and brothers Christian and Justin Martin   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Flashback: Rabbits Playing Rotture’s Back Patio in Summer 2010

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"This is one of the two times we’ve played outside. At least this one was at night. The barbecue got started late, but our friends hung in there, as is their way—pretty much the same people that    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Gary Wilson, Nurses, Fog Father, Wampire DJs: June 30 at Holocene

Avant Lounge

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Gary Wilson emerged from the New York underground scene in the late ’70s with the seminal album You Think You Really Know Me, mining a never-before-heard fusion of lounge-singer bravado and lite jaz   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 WYATT SCHAFFNER

Quiet Music Festival: Turn Down For Once

The Quiet Music Festival dares artists to enjoy the near-silence.

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A little over a decade ago, Chris Johanson’s ears turned against him. A visual artist and musician, the 46-year-old has long suffered from tinnitus. Until about 2003, it had been manageable. Short   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Festivals For The Rest Of Y’all

Raves in the woods, parties in the boonies and other music events to add to your summer calendar.

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What the Festival June 19-22 at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, whatthefestival.com. Think of it like Pickathon, except there’s a giant wading pool and no one knows what a banjo even sounds like. Now   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Havania Whaal

Havania Whaal is here to entertain.

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WHO: Paul Billy Sobiech (guitar, vocals), Noelle Magia (drums, vocals), Caroline Jackson (bass, vocals). SOUNDS LIKE: An unearthed Calvin Johnson-Bilinda Butcher side project. FOR FANS OF: Sonic Y   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 TED JAMISON

Houndmouth: Saturday, June 20

The New South via the Old West.

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As much as Americans fancy themselves overachievers, Gatsbys and do-gooders, what really turns us on is the mythology of the outlaw: Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Johnny Cash. Southern country-roc   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 WILLIAM KENNEDY

Mother Of Reinvention

The births and rebirths of Valet’s Honey Owens.

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One night in 2008, while on tour in Europe, Valet died onstage. It was only 2 years old. “All my gear was destroyed because this record store didn’t have a power converter,” says singer Hone   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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