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Annalisa Tornfelt: Saturday, March 14

Staying classic in a digital world.

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“Well, to answer your first question: Yes, I do want to be a star!” It wasn’t actually the first question I asked Annalisa Tornfelt during our chat in the sunny Southeast Portland studio   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Thank You For Being a Droog

He wanted anonymity, but Your Old Droog was too good to stay secret.

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In Russian, “droog” translates to friend, and for rap fans, that’s precisely what Your Old Droog sounds like: an old friend. His comforting mix of soulful samples, bass-driven beat loops a   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Show Preview: Theophilus London, Father

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[BROOKLYN SOUL] If the Drive soundtrack featured occasional dance breaks, R&B vocals and rap lyrics, it would have sounded something like a Theophilus London album. Kanye West’s Brooklyn-based   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 PARKER HALL

Introducing: Bombay Beach

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Who: Ryan Lynch (guitars), Matthew Zimmerman (vocals), Jeremiah Hayden (drums). Sounds like: Thurston Moore and Iggy Pop tripping around Joshua Tree, in a sci-fi mockumentary directed by Steve Albini   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Almost Infamous

Black Pussy is Portland’s most controversial band.

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Whoever thought a band calling itself Black Pussy could be controversial? Not singer-guitarist Dustin Hill, apparently. When he bestowed the Google-unfriendly name on his stoner-rock project t   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Caribou, Koreless

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[ELECTRONIC SOUL] Much has been made about Dan Snaith’s inability to stay still. The Canadian musician, who records under the name Caribou, has never made the same record twice, constantly e   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Ultra Van Krome

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Who: Stevie Ray Mays (bass, guitar, vocals), Ramsey Embick (keyboards), Brian Harrison (guitar), Johnny Linn Russell (drums). Sounds like: Morris Day and the Time, having tired of battling Prince   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.

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When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t without controversy. Led by brothers Matt and Patrick Flegel, the band had carved out a niche as one of the most innovative    More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Return the Gift

How Portland is keeping jazz alive and raising its next generation.

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You can hear the tiny stampede well before it reaches the door. It’s Monday afternoon, around 2 pm, when 20 or so Northeast Portland fifth-graders come barreling into the band room at King S   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 PARKER HALL

Introducing: Big Mo

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Who: Rapper Mohammed Alkhadher.Sounds like: An upper-echelon lyricist in the mold of Ras Kass and Nas, with superior beat selection and a socially conscious perspective that’s easy to digest.For   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 T.J. LOVE

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