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Primer: Big Boi


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Born: In Savannah, Ga., in 1975. Sounds like: Listening to the coolest dude at the party shoot the shit as the DJ spins ’70s soul, ’80s boogie funk and the occasional modern electro-pop recor   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Family Function

Meet the Salas-Humaras.


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Walter Salas-Humara and Charlie Salas-Humara have nothing in common.  Well, except for the last name, of course. And Charlie’s dad, who happens to be Walter’s brother. In musical terms,   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Soriah: Sunday, May 5

Inside the golden throat of Portland.


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[TUVAN THROAT SINGING] One of the world’s best Tuvan throat singers lives in Portland. His name is Enrique Ugalde—though before explaining who he is, maybe it’s best to explain exactly what    More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Soopah Eype: Friday, May 3

Don’t tell Judah Mobley what to rap about.


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[HIP-HOP HERESY] Early on Soopah Eype’s most recent mixtape, El Planeta de los Simios (that’s “Planet of the Apes” for those without access to Google Translate), the Portland rapper drops    More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Shred the Light Fantastic

The adorable electrocution of Marnie Stern.


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In 2006, Ben Parrish of the Portland- and Olympia-based record label Kill Rock Stars received a demo from a 31-year-old New York singer-guitarist named Marnie Stern. At the time, the label was bei   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MARK STOCK

Kenji Bunch: Sunday, April 28

One of Portland’s brightest composers escapes from New York.


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[CLASSICAL] Like it is in everything else these days, Brooklyn is all the rage in classical music. It’s an old story, really: For a century at least, if you wanted to be at the forefront of co   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Primer: The Bad Plus


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Formed: In 2000 in Minneapolis. Sounds like: Classically trained piano meets indie-rock drums meets jazz bass. For fans of: Blondie, Igor Stravinsky, Paul Motian, Flaming Lips, Abba, Joshua R   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Culture Icons

Ten years of the Thermals


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Between the Exploding Hearts’ demise and Elliott Smith’s suicide, 2003 might have been a complete bummer for Portland music. Luckily, 2003 was also the year the Thermals released their debut   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Mic Check: Sparks

On sibling rivalries.


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For the first time in its 42-year, 22-album career, Sparks is playing Portland. The Mael brothers’ Two Hands, One Mouth tour—the hands being those of composer-lyricist Ron Mael, as deployed    More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Safeway, Here He Comes

Portland’s “Godlike Genius”-in-Residence, Johnny Marr, goes back to the new house.


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Johnny Marr is that rarest of all creatures: He is living, and he is legend.  After roaming the globe for a quarter century to briefly aid a dizzying litany of acts, his résumé reads like   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 JAY HORTON
 

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