Commemorating the album that built Portland hip-hop, from the drywall up.
Listen closely to Spirit in Stone,
the 2003 debut from Portland trio Lifesavas, and you can hear the
foundation of the city’s hip-hop scene coming together—literally.
“If you listen to the
Chris Newman shouldn’t be here. Not in
Portland, not in the yellow house near Mount Tabor where he lives with
his girlfriend and her daughter, not leaning back in a chair in his
Is there such a thing as “pastel metal”? There is now.
[PINKISH BLACK METAL] When singer George Clarke and
guitarist Kerry McCoy moved to San Francisco and formed Deafheaven in
2010, there was no master plan. That’s how it’s always been for these
[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
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
Cooper was born a barge-loader’s daughter. Now she’s sharing a stage with rock royalty.
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
Getting heavy (among other things) with Portland’s new metal kings.
[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
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
A Portland musician teaches Kabul youth how to rock.
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
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