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The Regulars

A guide to Pickathon’s regional heroes.


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When it started 15 years ago, Pickathon, Portland’s annual roots-music festival, had little interest in anything contemporary. As it’s grown in both size and scope, finally embracing music cre   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars


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Formed: In 1997 in Guinea’s Kalia refugee camp, near the border of Sierra Leone. Sounds like: A rough mélange of retro reggae, Afro-funk, tribal chants, Congolese soukous and groovy soul. For fan   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Antique Metal Machine Music

The chamber-pop perfectionists of Musée Mécanique ready their second album. It’s about damn time.


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Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rabwin, the 33-year-old founding members of Portland folk quintet Musée Mécanique, are casually sitting on the sandy shore of Sellwood Riverfront Park. The breeze ripples    More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

Flashback: The Flaming Lips

At Mount Tabor, 2009


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From wweek.com: “If the Flaming Lips’ music isn’t enough to convince you of Wayne Coyne’s genius, consider this: The dude designed a video that would allow him to audition bare breasts fo   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Dustyn Astbury

A son of hard-rock royalty forges his own path in EDM.


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[ROCK-CAMP STAR] In one form or another, Dustyn Astbury grew up training for a life in music. From age 13, he spent many of his summers attending Rock & Roll Camp in his hometown of Pendleton,   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Where are they (PDX Pop) now?

Revisiting the first edition of Portland’s all-ages music tradition a decade later.


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In 2004, a group of 50 musicians and aficionados, spurred by a conversation on a Web forum, met at the Lucky Lab to discuss how to better connect the community of Portland to the music being made    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Lifesavas: Saturday, July 20

Commemorating the album that built Portland hip-hop, from the drywall up.


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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    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 REED JACKSON

Alive Again

Chris Newman returns from oblivion.


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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 basement rehea   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Deafheaven: Saturday, July 13

Is there such a thing as “pastel metal”? There is now.


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[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    More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

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
 

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