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Forever Ruined

Kathleen Hanna’s new(ish) riot.


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No one believed Kathleen Hanna was sick.  Sure, she hadn’t put out an album in a few years, but she hadn’t exactly gone into hiding. In New York, where she relocated after establishing    More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Swamp Dogg


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Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Chronic of Gnarnia

How Portland’s hardest-working stoners created one of the country’s best tape labels.


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Gnarnia isn’t hard to find. Just head south on Southeast 11th Avenue, until the smell of grease radiating from the Burgerville on Hawthorne Boulevard gives way to bong smoke. It’s home to a un   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Hidden In the Crates

Five great local hip-hop albums Portland forgot.


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Portland hip-hop has always had a tough time getting respect. At one point in the 1990s, hip-hop acts were even banned from performing in downtown venues. This is a shame, because over the years,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 REED JACKSON

Mic Check: Andrew W.K.

On Party Fouls


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Andrew W.K. is a head-banging philosopher, a paragon of positivity and a raging, sweaty, sometimes-bloody ball of light. He’s also a musician, though that’s the least interesting part of his personality. His glittery thrash-pop   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

No Fun.

After pop duo the Format broke up, one guy got famous. This is about the other guy.


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When Nate Ruess of the chart-topping band Fun took the stage to accept a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in February, he took note of the moment as the culmination of 12 years spent working in th   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 JASON P. WOODBURY

Primer: Gary Numan


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Born: In 1958 in Hammersmith, West London. Sounds like: A J.G. Ballard-inspired look at humanity’s dark side and our troubled relationship with technology. For fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Orchestral   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Live Albums


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The trend of bands performing seminal albums live in their entirety is a double-edged phenomenon. On one hand, it kills the thrilling unpredictability of the set list, and forces audiences to sit    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER, PETE COTTELL

Iommi Bloody Iommi

Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man.


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When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011, promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Stones Throw Records


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Founded: In 1996 in Los Angeles. Signature style: Hip-hop based around crackling rare grooves repurposed for rappers less willfully eccentric than just supremely, transcendently high.  For    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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