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Nine Compliments for Foster the People

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Foster the People is playing MusicfestNW, which means there’s a chance you might see the band members hanging out in Portland this weekend. What are you going to say to them if you see them waiting    More
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

The 21 Best Songs About Portland

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In honor of MusicfestNW, which starts Friday the 21st, we are counting down the top 21 best songs ever written about Portland. Every day until Wednesday we will reveal five more songs.    More
Saturday, August 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The MC Renaissance

An appreciation of N.W.A.’s most underappreciated member.

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Lorenzo Patterson gets no respect. No respect at all. The rapper better known as MC Ren was the Ringo of N.W.A., except he doesn’t even have the legions of contrarian drum nerds to champion him. Wit   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Consumer

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Who: Matt Palenske (vocals, electronics) Sounds like: What would be playing during a dance-party scene in a Philip K. Dick short story. For fans of: The Residents, the Bomb Squad, Wolf Eyes, Death G   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

On the Warped Path

Oh, the people you’ll meet at the annual punk rock road show. Here are six of them.

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Identify her by: High-fashion soft-grunge-cum-goth attire, a look of utter boredom, no less than two Monroe piercings, and a pair of heels because, let’s face it, in under an hour she’ll be backst   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: D’Angelo and the Vanguard

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[BLACK LIVES MATTER] We’ve never needed D’Angelo more than we do now. The legendarily enigmatic R&B singer spent most of this century in relative hiding—from stardom, from lofty expectations   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Coast2C

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Who: Sofia Acosta.Sounds like: If the duty-free shop was a small, bangin’ club and also was corporate-, violence- and prejudice-free.For fans of: Mexican music of all stripes, plus international gen   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Chicano Batman: Thursday, Aug. 6 at Doug Fir

They’ll save the world—and then they’ll take you to the prom.

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Earlier this year, fans arriving early to dates on Jack White’s Lazaretto tour were met with a sight few were prepared for—four brown dudes in ruffled tuxedo shirts, jamming out a psychedelic mela   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

MFNW Preview: Talk in Tongues

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While most kids in Middle America grew up being shuttled between sports practices and shopping malls and back again, McCoy Kirgo had a radically different experience. The product of mu   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Giant Steps

The epic rise of Kamasi Washington.

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The common link between some of the past year’s most acclaimed albums is a bearded, tunic-wearing saxophonist from Inglewood, Calif. If you’ve heard recent records from Flying Lotus and Kendrick L   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 PARKER HALL
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