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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

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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

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

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