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Shaken by cancer and complacency, Camera Obscura needed a change. They found it in Portland.


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No one could ever mistake Desire Lines as anything but an album by Camera Obscura. All the identifiers are there: melodies meshing the chirp of ’60s radio pop and ’80s post-punk devilry, and t   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Primer: Come

Reunion Tour


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Years active: 1990-2001, 2008, 2010-present.  Sounds like: Television and the Stooges-inspired darkness, with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious, bluesy and slightly dr   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble: Thursday, June 20

Portland jazz bids farewell to one of its leading lights.


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How will Portland jazz survive without Andrew Oliver? Since Hurricane Katrina blew the young pianist back to his hometown in 2005 after a few years at New Orleans’ Loyola University, he   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

I’m Getting Too Old for This Pit

Who’s playing Warped Tour? Beats us. So we went to the mall to find out.


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Nothing makes a 30-year-old music writer feel like a decrepit, out-of-touch sack of dust more than scanning a Warped Tour lineup. The hordes of pierced, tatted and asymmetrically coiffed mall-pu   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: 31Knots

New York warehouse space, 2004


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Portland music-scene fixture Joe Haege returns this week to premiere new 31Knots songs—which his own bandmate, Jay Winebrenner, will be hearing for the first time and giving commentary on from   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Marisa Anderson: Sunday, June 16

For a rootless roots musician, words are very unnecessary.


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Somewhere on Marisa Anderson’s résumé is the phrase, “Once portrayed the ass-end of a jaguar.” It was the mid-1990s, a few years after the Northern California-born guitarist dropped out    More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Darker Nights

Thirty years on, Kiwi cult legends the Bats are a ghost of themselves—and they’ve never sounded better.


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When New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records first came to the attention of the international music scene in the 1980s, it was hard to believe such a wealth of talent could exist on one tiny island nat   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Jeff Hylton Simmons, XRAY Fest


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Jeff Hylton Simmons can see the finish line. Seven years ago, the 37-year-old Midwest transplant, sound engineer and broadcaster hatched the idea for a free-form, Portland-inspired terrestrial r   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Futro Records: Sunday, June 9

Electro hip-hop party jams thicker than blood.


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[FAMILY PARTY] For some of the residents of Southeast’s Washington Towers, the drab apartment complex down the street from Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery has another name: Futro Towers. That’s beca   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Conflict: Method Man vs. Cappadonna


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The conflict: Two members of hip-hop’s greatest dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan, are coming to Portland, vying for your hard-earned dolla, dolla bills, y’all, on two successive nights. Times are t   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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