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Con Bro Chill: Saturday, Dec. 22

Are these guys serious? Very serious. Sort of.

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[GOOF POP] You know Con Bro Chill is readying for a video shoot when it looks like a rainbow exploded in the band’s garage. Neon-colored duct tape—a motif running through the five YouTube hits   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Paul Di’Anno

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Born: In 1958 in London.
Sounds like: Early Iron Maiden songs performed by less capable players who have not taken very good care of themselves.
For fans of: Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Tim “Ripper
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Garage Days

Portland’s Woolen Men graduate from tapes to vinyl. Is world domination next?

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Stuffed into a booth at My Father’s Place, the three men who make up the Woolen Men wear serious expressions as they talk about touring and their place in the continuum of Portland’s punk- and   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Primer: Kreayshawn

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Born: In San Francisco in 1989 as Natassia Gail Zolot.  Sounds like: An undergrad exercise in hip-hop compiled by a fitfully charming lass of compelling backstory and rather more friends tha   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 JAY HORTON

Guitar Shorty: Thursday, Dec. 13

Fifty-plus years on, a tireless bluesman is still searching for the crossroads.

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[BLUES] Guitar Shorty gets no respect. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Among hardcore disciples of the blues, the 73-year-old singer and guitarist—did you think he played flugelhorn?—i   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Northern Exposure

A tour through the Vancouver music scene.

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Compared to spending a Friday night circling the streets of downtown Portland looking for a free parking spot, venturing 15 minutes north on I-5 and slipping into Vancouver’s city center at nigh   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Antibalas: Saturday, Dec. 8

America’s premier Afrobeat orchestra proves you can go home again.

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[AFROBEAT-AMERICAN] If Afrobeat has a mecca, it is, appropriately enough, the Shrine. Like New York’s CBGB for punk rockers or Hamburg’s Star-Club for Beatles fanatics, the nightclub, located    More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Sufjan Stevens

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Born: In 1975 in Detroit.  Sounds like: The musical equivalent of childhood wonder. For fans of: Highly conceptualized folk, choirlike vocal richness, unobtrusive biblical references, found s   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARK STOCK

Meeting the Old Boss

The many legends of Springsteen.

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Every American—anyone “born in the U.S.A.,” if you will—has a connection to Bruce Springsteen. It doesn’t matter if you treasure his rusty-throated, denim-collared rock-’n’-roll anth   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Nasalrod: Saturday, Dec. 1

One big, happy punk-rock family.

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[OFF-KILTER PUNK] Looks can be deceiving, and the members of Nasalrod are some deceptive motherfuckers. Gathered together in the fastidiously beige North Portland living room of bassist Kat Know   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

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