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Q&A: Mic Crenshaw

The Portland MC and new KBOO co-manager talks community radio and the war on hip-hop.

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Earlier this month, following a year of internal tumult, Portland radio station KBOO announced that longtime rapper and activist Mic Crenshaw—along with Monica Beemer, former executive director    More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Reverse Aging

With Eyelids, two of Portland’s busiest musicians reclaim their youth.

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In a booth at the back of Cup and Saucer Cafe on Northeast Killingsworth Street, John Moen and Chris Slusarenko are reminiscing about the good old days—specifically, the days when Slusarenko and   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Lunch

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Who: Prometheus Wolf (vocals, guitar), Matthew Huffman (drums), Jared Bird (bass), DJ Barnes (guitar). Sounds like: Joy Division, if they smiled once in a while. For fans of: Gun Club, Buzzcocks, Wi   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Oneohtrix Point Never, Dawn of Midi

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[EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS] After releasing 15 albums since 2007, Daniel Lopatin—the artist better known as Oneohtrix Point Never—has created something completely new with his latest effort, 2013��   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Oral History: Green Day’s “Longview”

How a small Washington town inspired the song that brought Green Day to the world.

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On Feb. 1, Green Day’s monumental pop-punk landmark Dookie turned 20 and, subsequently, so did the single that introduced the band to the world. That was “Longview,” a song about TV, boredom   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Late Bloomers

After eight years, Portland’s Aan finally releases its debut album.

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Bud Wilson shakes his head. He can’t believe it’s taken this long for his band, the Portland experimental-pop group Aan, to put out a proper record. EPs and things resembling albums have surfa   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Into It Over It: Wednesday, Jan. 29

Emo revivalists make the world a safe place to cry again.

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Emo should’ve seen its slow decline coming. It was only a matter of time before the melody-driven punk offshoot collapsed under the heft of its aesthetical crimes against humanity—though the s   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Action Bronson, Party Supplies

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[FANTASY RAP TOP CHEF] The first thing you notice about Arian Asllani, the Queens-bred rapper who goes by the name Action Bronson, is that his voice sounds almost exactly like Ghostface Killah’s.    More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Mic Check: Thara Memory

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From gigging with the likes of James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie and the Commodores to long tenures in Mel Brown’s and Leroy Vinnegar’s bands, trumpeter-composer Thara Memory has earned a deserved    More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Outer Limits

With his new project, Nicolas Jaar explores the Darkside of the Earth.

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When electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar was looking for a guitarist for his new project, he ended up going with an unusual choice: someone who didn’t really know how to play the instrument. ��   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

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