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Soft Metals: Saturday, Nov. 30

An alloy of love, synths and urban planning.


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Soft Metals didn’t move to L.A. for the weather, or to get closer to the music industry. Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall, the couple who formed the moody synth duo in Portland in 2009, relocated to    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Cover Your Hair In Your Eyes

An oral history of the Meat Puppets on Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York.


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When Nirvana agreed to film an episode of MTV’s Unplugged in November 1993, the network execs were giddy over the possibilities. Who would the biggest band in the world bring as a guest? Eddie V   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Quasi


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Quasi playing a record-release show for its album, Featuring “Birds”, at Jackpot Records on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, in 1998.  “This was the start of the busiest period for Quasi   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Show Preview: Deltron 3030


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[TOMORROW PEOPLE] Thirteen years ago, the first and, until this year, only album from indie-rap supergroup Deltron 3030—producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, turntablist Kid Koala and rapper    More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Mountain Sounds: Thursday, Nov. 21

U.S. immigration laws wouldn’t let Tim Hoyt and Franc Castillejos make an album together. So they headed for the hills.


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Mountain Sounds’ Tim Hoyt has a bone to pick with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “As an American citizen, all the immigration laws have done are slow me down personally and try to s   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Low-End Theory

The casual virtuosity of Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner.


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As a child, Stephen Bruner had two favorite toys: a plastic ThunderCats sword and a bass guitar. That’s how intertwined the 27-year-old musician, who records spaced-out R&B under the name    More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Letter To My 12-Year-Old Self

RE: Nine Inch Nails


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Dear 12-year-old Matt,  Hey, man. What’re you up to? Let me guess: gearing up for some Monday Night Raw by listening to those tapes you bought with your birthday money. What’s the pre-wr   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Thomas Dolby

On The Invisible Lighthouse


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From his early, electronic-infused New Wave hits to his current position as music director of TED—and encompassing his development of audio software used for ringtones—Thomas Dolby has always represented the vanguard of music and technology.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Screaming Females: Saturday, Nov. 16

How to grow a punk band: play basements, record with Steve Albini, impress Garbage.


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If there were a “right way” to make it as a punk band, Screaming Females would be a prime example. Being from New Brunswick, N.J.—a bona fide Mesopotamia of the East Coast DIY scene—cert   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Soul Revival

Years ago, Ural Thomas rejected the cruelty of the music industry. But the Pain brought him back.


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Ural Thomas has lots of stories. He’s been around the block, you might say, even though he’s lived in the same North Portland house—which he claims to have rebuilt himself, using all recycle   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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