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WL: Sunday, July 14

Dreaming in the rain.

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[SHOEGAZE] Michael Yun was ready to call it a no-show. A few winters ago, the guitarist sat in his house in St. Johns, listening to the downpour outside and waiting for the singer who so impressed   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARK STOCK

Commentary: Jimmy Eat World

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I can’t remember why I skipped my 10-year high-school reunion. I have no qualms about catching up with people I never liked in the first place. My problem was seeing the people I did like awkwar   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Nashville Soul

Cooper was born a barge-loader’s daughter. Now she’s sharing a stage with rock royalty.

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If Nichole Lynn Cooper runs into Robert Plant backstage at the Waterfront Blues Festival, she has one hell of an icebreaker. Just before leaving Portland to attempt making it in Nashville, the t   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Lord Dying: Tuesday, July 9

Getting heavy (among other things) with Portland’s new metal kings.

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[METAL] The members of Lord Dying look exhausted. Which is entirely understandable, considering it’s 10 pm, and most of them just finished long work days. Sitting around a table at the B-Side Ta   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Flashback: Backspace

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For its first four years, Backspace was just a tiny Old Town coffee shop frequented primarily by Internet gamers. Then, in November 2007, the Thermals asked to play a free show there. We asked o   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Afghan Gigs

A Portland musician teaches Kabul youth how to rock.

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In the United States, the phrase “rock school” rings a tad false. There’s nothing wrong with empowering kids through music they actually listen to, but teaching something as fundamentally no   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Mykki Blanco

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Born: Michael Quattlebaum Jr. in 1986 in San Mateo, Calif. Sounds like: A gender-twisted gangster straight outta Hades, blasting holes through hip-hop’s hetero-normative heart, with enough wig    More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

La Luz: Friday, June 28

Seattle surfer grrrls ride a dreamy wave of retro.

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[NORTHWEST BEACH MUSIC] La Luz is a study in contrast. The Seattle quartet melds ’60s girl-group harmonies with boys-club surf guitar, and the band’s buzz-garnering debut 2012 EP, Damp Face,   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Reed Jackson on Fleetwood Mac

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Unlike many other kids I know, my parents didn’t introduce me to Fleetwood Mac. Between my jazzhead father and Motown-loving mother, there were hardly any rock records in my house growing up. My   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 REED JACKSON

Back in Focus

Shaken by cancer and complacency, Camera Obscura needed a change. They found it in Portland.

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No one could ever mistake Desire Lines as anything but an album by Camera Obscura. All the identifiers are there: melodies meshing the chirp of ’60s radio pop and ’80s post-punk devilry, and t   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

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