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Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.


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One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is lacking ambition. Since 2008, through his Sahelsounds blog and record label, the Portland “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” has collected a   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Karmelloz


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Who: Producer Matthew Pepitone. Sounds like: Ambient music stripped of all pretense and programmed for club versatility by an itinerant neurologist-cum-software developer living on a weed farm de   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Too Many Zooz: Saturday, Jan. 31, at Roseland Theater

Some real underground music.


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In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like Satyricon, Portland’s legendary punk club. Take it from drummer David Parks, who’s played both. “There’s a certain randomnes   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Going Rogue

Willis Earl Beal drops off the music-industry grid.


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Willis Earl Beal has bitten the hand that once fed him. Over the last decade, the avant-garde bluesman transitioned from being an occasionally homeless Army vet, living with his grandmother in   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Show Preview: RL Grime, Lunice, Tommy Kruise


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[TRAP LORD] In RL Grime’s “Core” video, giant black helicopters fly toward a gaping hole in the ocean, an image that probably holds many metaphors for fans. But we’re going to avoid thos   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Robin Bacior: Wednesday, Jan. 21

Drowning yourself to live.


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In the freezing waters of an Oregon lake in May, Robin Bacior, clothed in a red sundress, tried to stay submerged. Bacior’s friend, photographer Corinne Krogh, bobbed in the water as well, a   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Skip vonKuske: Every Monday

Need a cure for the Monday blues? Try “cellotronik.”


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“A cellist walks into a bar” might sound more like a setup for a fish-out-of-water gag than a viable basis for a decade’s steady gig. But Skip vonKuske has long dedicated himself to bringi   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Battle for the Willamette

Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists are releasing albums on the same day. Who ya got?


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Blur vs. Oasis. Jay Z vs. Nas. Mark Kozelek vs. everybody. Now, Portland finally has a pop feud of its own: Carrie vs. Colin. Granted, this beef started by sheer coincidence, when Sleater-Kinney   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Magic Sword: Friday, Jan. 16

Who are those masked men?


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Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles ar   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARK STOCK

The Wishermen: Friday, Jan. 9

Barra Brown stretches the boundaries of 21st century jazz.


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There is always something good under the surface of any seemingly played-out genre, but the trouble is finding experts to guide us. In Portland, chefs like Andy Ricker worked hard to convince    More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PARKER HALL
 

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