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Magic Fades: Saturday, April 13

Already Internet famous, a Portland duo makes moves offline.


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[SIMWAVE] “I bump fades when I fuck. So what?” says the muscular, shirtless man, digitally rendered as part of the virtual-world game Second Life, as he cocks his head to the side and spreads    More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Q&A: Melissa Meszaros, Slabtown Grrrl Front


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Pennsylvania native Melissa Meszaros moved to the Pacific Northwest eight years ago and began booking shows for Slabtown last December. Among her first brainstorms: a four-day, grrrl-empowering    More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

The Preferred Nomenclature

Dude, what’s Jeff Bridges’ band’s name?


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The Dude’s only connection to the music industry was as a Metallica roadie on the Speed of Sound tour. The band was, he informs us, a bunch of assholes. The Abiders, the Jeff Bridges band that c   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Alt-J


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Formed: In 2007 in Leeds, England. Sounds like: A poppy, sonically schizophrenic take on what it’s like to search for authentic folk in a world burgeoning with wobbly dubstep and cryptic trap m   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Vice Device: Monday, April 8

Coming in from the coldwave.


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[DARK SYNTHS] Even if you didn’t know the members of Vice Device play in a band together, you could probably guess just by looking at them. Seated in a booth at Liberty Glass in North Portland   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

The Girls With the Golden Egg

When the folk gets going, Shook Twins get weird.


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The phrase that gets tossed around most often when publicists and writers talk about the music of Portland’s Shook Twins is “quirky folk.” It’s a simple enough descriptor that’s great to   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Flashback: The Git-Rights Gospel Revue

at the Ponderosa Lounge, Aug. 27, 2011


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“This was our ‘farewell’ performance at a truck-stop bar in North Portland. After the band’s five-year run, I was leaving Portland to return to Austin, Texas. The somewhat straight-laced r   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Commentary: On Bob Seger


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I am on a long and lonesome highway west of Saginaw, Mich., when a voice comes wafting through the speakers: “On a long and lonesome highway/ East of Omaha.” The voice is raspy and deep. It’   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 AP KRYZA

1939 Ensemble: Friday, March 29

What can you do with just drums and vibes? A lot.


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[POST-ROCK] A person can learn a lot about surviving in the music business from sharing a tour bus with Kim Deal. In the 13 years Jose Medeles has spent drumming alongside the Pixies bassist in    More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

This Is Hell

The godfather of punk has written his life story. It’s not pretty.


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Richard Hell is punk rock’s patient zero. Born Richard Meyers in Lexington, Ky., in 1949, he ran away to New York at age 17, where he traded poetry for a bass guitar, spiked his hair and saf   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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