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Mbrascatu: Friday, Jan. 2

Bringing Italy to Portland, and vice-versa.


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Fifty years ago, in a small village in Southern Italy, there lived a taciturn family man with the nickname “Mbrascatu”—“Dirty Face.” To this day, when Andrea Algieri returns to his hom   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 PARKER HALL

The Best Things I Heard

WW’s music writers pick their favorite Portland songs of the year.


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No one is going to miss 2014, least of all Portland’s music scene. It was a year of loss, from people (Linda Hornbuckle, Paul Revere, Pink Martini’s Derek Rieth) to institutions (Slabtown, E   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Awesome, the Awkward and the Awful

Charting the year in Portland music.


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THE AWESOME Sleater-Kinney announces reunion and new album.IMAGE: Brigitte Sire Soul singer Ural Thomas, 74, wins WW’s Best New Band poll.IMAGE: James Rexroad  Dead Moon plays its first sh   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

A New Way to Praise

With Deeper Well Records, Evan Way wants to broaden the definition of "Christian music"


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Not all Christian music is created equal, especially on Deeper Well Records. The label, started by Evan Way of Portland-via-L.A. folk-rock group the Parson Red Heads, was founded to combat the per   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Joyce Manor, Toys That Kill, Drivers


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[RITALIN ROCK] Between the preening of the Warped Tour and the made-for-Broadway schlock of Green Day’s American Idiot, it’s hard to argue that punk hasn’t taken several hard left turns to d   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Introducing: Burials


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Who: Benjamin Caragol (guitars, vocals), Adam Wheeler (bass, vocals), Isaac Davis (drums), Fester (guitars). Sounds like: A battle between marauding Viking ships and deadly sea serpents that just w   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

The Big Snap-Back

After a tragedy in its ranks, TV on the Radio is born again.


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TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek lives by the overarching philosophy of “What if?” What if he had a band that blended all the music he loved, from punk to prog to soul, to the point that   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Tune Yards


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Portland always knew Merrill Garbus was special. Even before her Tune-Yards project had fully metamorphosed into the high-definition art funk of 2011’s Whokill and this year’s Nikki Nack, the    More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Load B


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Who: Rappers Milc and Brill. Sounds like: A rap-game John Belushi busting into a church party with strippers, guns and a plate of drugs. For fans of: Odd Future, early Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Lice   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Adult Anarchy

White Lung stays punk, even as it outgrows the punk scene.


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As a remedy for frustration, punk rock works well enough. But at this point, the rote formula of short-plus-fast-plus-loud is most effective as a distraction for adolescents or an analgesic for    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 CHRIS STAMM
 

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