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Black Hole Son

A conversation with Portland’s foremost Soundgarden expert.


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If music fandom is measured by the number of times people have seen their favorite band live, then Matt Reeder is a lousy Soundgarden fan. He owns 250 bootlegs, all the band’s official releases    More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Pallbearer


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Formed: In Little Rock, Ark., in 2008.  Sounds like: A slow march through brimstone fields at the end of time. For fans of: Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Electric Wizard, Burning Witch, funerals,    More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Kingdom Crumbs: Wednesday, Feb. 6

The future of hip-hop is living in Seattle. And no, it’s not Macklemore.


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[TOMORROW’S HIP-HOP] Like an increasing number of rappers these days, Tay Sean Brown of Seattle’s Kingdom Crumbs doesn’t listen to much hip-hop. Not as much as he used to, anyway. Growing up   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Theo Craig (Rontoms Sunday Sessions)

Meet the man who made a Burnside bar the epicenter for Portland music.


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Theo Craig is one of Portland’s biggest music fans. In January 2012, the chatty, affable 35-year-old became the sole talent buyer for the free Sunday Sessions at Rontoms, which have since tran   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

The Lost Year

In 2011, Ruban Nielson created Unknown Mortal Orchestra. It almost killed him.


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Ruban Nielson thought he was going to die.  Not in the metaphorical sense, either: In his first year touring with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, his blog-approved psych-pop group, the 32-year-ol   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Ben Folds Five


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Formed: 1993 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Ended Sept. 11, 2001, the day leader Ben Folds’ first serious solo record, Rockin’ the Suburbs, came out. Re-formed a decade later to record a few songs. Folds,   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Cody Chesnutt: Friday, Feb. 1

A singer repents and returns.


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[REDEMPTION SONGS] “I used to smoke crack back in the day.”  That blunt admission is how Cody Chesnutt begins “Everybody’s Brother,” a song from last year’s Landing on a Hundred,    More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Halsey “Halseycaust” Swain

The wild life and wildlife of Portland’s most extreme visual artist.


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Illustrator Halsey Swain speaks in a matter-of-fact, almost backwoods drawl. Though she has called Portland home for five years, she was born in Marblehead, Mass., not far from the other Salem.&nb   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

The Basement Tapers

Banana Stand’s eternal house party.


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A lot of people know where Aaron Colter and Louie Herr live. It’s a nondescript white house in a Southeast Portland neighborhood they would rather not have publicized, even though, at this poi   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cat Doorman: Saturday, Jan. 26

Julianna Bright gets childish.


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[KIDZ POP] Folks in the indie world recording music for children is not new. For the past 10 years or so, dozens of artists and bands have taken either a quick detour into    More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ROBERT HAM
 

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