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Ghost in the Drum Machine

Fame sneaked up on EDM pioneer RP Boo, but success doesn’t scare him.


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The next time you’re at Lowe’s, take a look at the person in the back unloading drywall. That guy could spend his off-hours as a musical pioneer. It’s true of RP Boo. He is the founder o   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Dirty South Legends

Geto Boys, Gray Matters, Rap Class, Cassow


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If you know Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa, then you know Houston’s Geto Boys. Originators of the soulful Dirty South sound, the trio’s influence on hip-hop spans generations, with samples o   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 EMILY BERKEY

The Legend of Hazel

A story of bearded Cupids, Christmas lights and Portland’s favorite songwriter.


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Hazel didn’t care about being famous. It only wanted to be legendary. Which helps explain the Christmas lights. The power-pop foursome, led by singer-songwriter Pete Krebs, played its first s   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Pet Shop Boys


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Formed: 1981 in London. Sounds like: That stinging kick of reality that creeps in as you’re trying to lose yourself on the dance floor. For fans of: Erasure, Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue. Latest rele   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Le1f, Antwon, Lakutis, Magic Fades DJs


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[RETRO WEIRDO RAP] “Avant-rap” is the genre tag many music journalists throw around when describing San Jose-based rapper Antwon’s eclectic style. But he isn’t ahead or behind anyone in th   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

It’s Nardwuar!

Meet Canada’s greatest music journalist. Seriously.


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“Is this dude for real?” That’s the common reaction most people have upon seeing “guerrilla journalist” Nardwuar the Human Serviette for the first time. It’s a fair question. Dressed   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Joan of Arc: Friday, Sept. 27

A conversation with guitarist, vandweller and temporary Earth person Sam Zurick.


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Imagine being in an emo band in the Midwest circa 1998. This was a time before iTunes, before MySpace, before Napster, even. If you had any aspirations to graduate from the local basement scene to   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Flashback: Dirtnap Records


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As widely respected Portland-via-Seattle punk label Dirtnap Records prepares to celebrate its 14th year, we asked founder Ken Cheppaikode to reminisce about its first release, a 7-inch record fr   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Jeni Wren: Thursday, Sept. 19

It took a village to create this ex-Shy Girl’s debut EP.


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[JAZZY SOUL] “Community” is Jeni Wren’s favorite buzzword. Through the years of soaking up inspiration in Seattle’s jazz scene, the collaborations with Portland-area musicians that first   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Here, My Dear

With Body/Head, Kim Gordon picks up the pieces—then stabs her guitar.


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Kim Gordon doesn’t fit the mold of “celebrity divorcee.” That’s a role better suited for a much younger, more famous type of pop starlet, the kind who enters into a shotgun marriage for th   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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