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Mic Check: Tune Yards


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Portland always knew Merrill Garbus was special. Even before her Tune-Yards project had fully metamorphosed into the high-definition art funk of 2011’s Whokill and this year’s Nikki Nack, the    More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Load B


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Who: Rappers Milc and Brill. Sounds like: A rap-game John Belushi busting into a church party with strippers, guns and a plate of drugs. For fans of: Odd Future, early Eminem, Ghostface Killah, Lice   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Adult Anarchy

White Lung stays punk, even as it outgrows the punk scene.


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As a remedy for frustration, punk rock works well enough. But at this point, the rote formula of short-plus-fast-plus-loud is most effective as a distraction for adolescents or an analgesic for    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 CHRIS STAMM

Show Preview: Ryan Hemsworth


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[POST-GIRL-TALK EDM] During Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth’s fantastic early-evening set at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival, it was hard to distinguish who in the crowd was on drugs a   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Peaking Lights at Holocene, Dec. 7

A band is like a family, especially when it’s both.


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Indra Dunis’ touring partners are a bunch of crybabies. They get cranky if they’re in the van too long, never clean up their own messes and sometimes even soil themselves. She puts up with   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

C’mon, Get Happy

Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle cheers up…sort of.


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Justin Ringle generally doesn’t see things in black and white. As the lead vocalist and songwriter behind Portland’s Horse Feathers, he’s spent the better part of a decade struggling to ma   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Primer: A Concerned Parent’s Guide to Trapfest


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Ah! What is that horrible noise?! It sounds like a bunch of alarm clocks going off at once, but with a horn section behind it!   It’s a song called— That’s a song? Yes. The name is �   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Q&A: Hutch Harris on Standup Comedy

How the Thermals’ frontman went from shouting down injustice to joking about man boobs.


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Comedy is the new punk rock, they say, but in the case of Hutch Harris, punks are the new comics. In recent weeks, the Thermals’ singer-guitarist has gone from Portland comedy-scene booster to   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook brings New Order’s deep cuts into the light.


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“I’ve never seen a group bicker as plainly and as openly as me and twat-face,” Peter Hook says over the phone from his room at a Toronto Holiday Inn. The founding bassist of Joy Division a   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Mirel Wagner at Bunk Bar—November 21

Scary folk songs to sing in the dark.


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Mirel Wagner raises a lot of questions on her new album, the first being “What’s underneath the floor?” That comes in the chorus of “1 2 3 4,” which opens When the Cellar Children See    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY
 

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