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Primer: Pet Shop Boys


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Formed: 1981 in London. Sounds like: That stinging kick of reality that creeps in as you’re trying to lose yourself on the dance floor. For fans of: Erasure, Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue. Latest rele   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Le1f, Antwon, Lakutis, Magic Fades DJs


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[RETRO WEIRDO RAP] “Avant-rap” is the genre tag many music journalists throw around when describing San Jose-based rapper Antwon’s eclectic style. But he isn’t ahead or behind anyone in th   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

It’s Nardwuar!

Meet Canada’s greatest music journalist. Seriously.


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“Is this dude for real?” That’s the common reaction most people have upon seeing “guerrilla journalist” Nardwuar the Human Serviette for the first time. It’s a fair question. Dressed   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Joan of Arc: Friday, Sept. 27

A conversation with guitarist, vandweller and temporary Earth person Sam Zurick.


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Imagine being in an emo band in the Midwest circa 1998. This was a time before iTunes, before MySpace, before Napster, even. If you had any aspirations to graduate from the local basement scene to   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Flashback: Dirtnap Records


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As widely respected Portland-via-Seattle punk label Dirtnap Records prepares to celebrate its 14th year, we asked founder Ken Cheppaikode to reminisce about its first release, a 7-inch record fr   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Jeni Wren: Thursday, Sept. 19

It took a village to create this ex-Shy Girl’s debut EP.


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[JAZZY SOUL] “Community” is Jeni Wren’s favorite buzzword. Through the years of soaking up inspiration in Seattle’s jazz scene, the collaborations with Portland-area musicians that first   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Here, My Dear

With Body/Head, Kim Gordon picks up the pieces—then stabs her guitar.


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Kim Gordon doesn’t fit the mold of “celebrity divorcee.” That’s a role better suited for a much younger, more famous type of pop starlet, the kind who enters into a shotgun marriage for th   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Forever Ruined

Kathleen Hanna’s new(ish) riot.


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No one believed Kathleen Hanna was sick.  Sure, she hadn’t put out an album in a few years, but she hadn’t exactly gone into hiding. In New York, where she relocated after establishing    More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Swamp Dogg


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Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Chronic of Gnarnia

How Portland’s hardest-working stoners created one of the country’s best tape labels.


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Gnarnia isn’t hard to find. Just head south on Southeast 11th Avenue, until the smell of grease radiating from the Burgerville on Hawthorne Boulevard gives way to bong smoke. It’s home to a un   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL
 

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