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Darker Nights

Thirty years on, Kiwi cult legends the Bats are a ghost of themselves—and they’ve never sounded better.


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When New Zealand’s Flying Nun Records first came to the attention of the international music scene in the 1980s, it was hard to believe such a wealth of talent could exist on one tiny island nat   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Jeff Hylton Simmons, XRAY Fest


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Jeff Hylton Simmons can see the finish line. Seven years ago, the 37-year-old Midwest transplant, sound engineer and broadcaster hatched the idea for a free-form, Portland-inspired terrestrial r   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Futro Records: Sunday, June 9

Electro hip-hop party jams thicker than blood.


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[FAMILY PARTY] For some of the residents of Southeast’s Washington Towers, the drab apartment complex down the street from Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery has another name: Futro Towers. That’s beca   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Conflict: Method Man vs. Cappadonna


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The conflict: Two members of hip-hop’s greatest dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan, are coming to Portland, vying for your hard-earned dolla, dolla bills, y’all, on two successive nights. Times are t   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Seoul Power

The Korean pop machine is going global. But what exactly is it?


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When “Gangnam Style” seized the world in its cartoon-neon clutches via YouTube last year, it seemed like something uploaded from another planet. In fact, it originated from the South Korean po   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

!!!: Monday, June 3

How does a veteran dance band get out of a lull? Easy: Dance harder.


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[!!!DANCE¡¡¡] When !!! first undulated out of Northern California in the late 1990s, the underground hadn’t yet gotten its groove back. Disco was still a dirty word, the phrase “four on the   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Blitzen Trapper


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Portland’s music scene has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Venues once at the center of the local music circuit, like the Meow Meow and the Blackbird, have faded into memory, taking innumera   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Choose or Lose

Stressing over your Sasquatch schedule? Let us assist you.


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Festivals are a drain—not just physically, but mentally too. As if wading through a sea of tweens in feathered headdresses for four days wasn’t exhausting enough, the performance schedule of   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Bolt Thrower


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Formed: In the loo of a pub in Conventry, England, in 1986.  Sounds like: An armada of Space Marines overtaking a battle cruiser full of Chaos Warriors. For fans of: Carcass, Napalm Death, Godf   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Bombino: Sunday, May 26

A displaced Saharan guitar genius finds stability in stardom.


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 Omara Moctar has spent his life on the run. In 1990, at age 10, the Saharan-born guitarist, who grew up in an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs in northern Niger, escaped to Algeria wit   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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