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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

The Next Big Things

Portland artists to watch in 2015.


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Portland is set to experience a huge year in music, with several long-anticipated big-name albums scheduled to drop in the next few months. But in this city, the year is often made by artists wh   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 WW Staff

Introducing: The Cool Whips


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Who: Eric Ramon (guitar, lead vocals), Susan Kearn (bass, vocals), David Ricardo (Farfisa organ, vocals), Kurt Steinke (drums). Sounds like: The coolest nerds in school cutting calculus to write po   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Show Preview: Les Sins, Ben Tactic, DJs Kiffo & Rymes


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[ELECTRONICA EXHALED] As Toro y Moi, South Carolina native Chaz Bundick has excelled at turning out cool, complex electronica made up of groovy basslines and unexpected samples. Chances are, you   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MARK STOCK
 

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