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Dustyn Astbury

A son of hard-rock royalty forges his own path in EDM.


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[ROCK-CAMP STAR] In one form or another, Dustyn Astbury grew up training for a life in music. From age 13, he spent many of his summers attending Rock & Roll Camp in his hometown of Pendleton,   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Where are they (PDX Pop) now?

Revisiting the first edition of Portland’s all-ages music tradition a decade later.


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In 2004, a group of 50 musicians and aficionados, spurred by a conversation on a Web forum, met at the Lucky Lab to discuss how to better connect the community of Portland to the music being made    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Lifesavas: Saturday, July 20

Commemorating the album that built Portland hip-hop, from the drywall up.


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Listen closely to Spirit in Stone, the 2003 debut from Portland trio Lifesavas, and you can hear the foundation of the city’s hip-hop scene coming together—literally. “If you listen to the    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 REED JACKSON

Alive Again

Chris Newman returns from oblivion.


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Chris Newman shouldn’t be here. Not in Portland, not in the yellow house near Mount Tabor where he lives with his girlfriend and her daughter, not leaning back in a chair in his basement rehea   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Deafheaven: Saturday, July 13

Is there such a thing as “pastel metal”? There is now.


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[PINKISH BLACK METAL] When singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy moved to San Francisco and formed Deafheaven in 2010, there was no master plan. That’s how it’s always been for these    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

WL: Sunday, July 14

Dreaming in the rain.


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[SHOEGAZE] Michael Yun was ready to call it a no-show. A few winters ago, the guitarist sat in his house in St. Johns, listening to the downpour outside and waiting for the singer who so impressed   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARK STOCK

Commentary: Jimmy Eat World


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I can’t remember why I skipped my 10-year high-school reunion. I have no qualms about catching up with people I never liked in the first place. My problem was seeing the people I did like awkwar   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Nashville Soul

Cooper was born a barge-loader’s daughter. Now she’s sharing a stage with rock royalty.


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If Nichole Lynn Cooper runs into Robert Plant backstage at the Waterfront Blues Festival, she has one hell of an icebreaker. Just before leaving Portland to attempt making it in Nashville, the t   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Lord Dying: Tuesday, July 9

Getting heavy (among other things) with Portland’s new metal kings.


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[METAL] The members of Lord Dying look exhausted. Which is entirely understandable, considering it’s 10 pm, and most of them just finished long work days. Sitting around a table at the B-Side Ta   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Flashback: Backspace


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For its first four years, Backspace was just a tiny Old Town coffee shop frequented primarily by Internet gamers. Then, in November 2007, the Thermals asked to play a free show there. We asked o   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF
 

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