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Music Preview: Moniker at Holocene Sunday, Aug. 24

The cruel and unusual—and, ultimately, cathartic—creation of Monica Metzler.


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I’m talking to Monica Metzler by phone from the back of my Forester, where I’m huddled away from the cold in a makeshift bed. My friend and I had arrived on the coast the day before, antic   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Hoverfest: YOB, Danava, Acid King, Witch Mountain, Eight Bells, Wounded Giant, Holy Grove, Mountain God


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[AMPS OF DESTRUCTION] Four years ago, Nial McGaughey (pictured) sat down on his couch and, for no particular reason, decided to build an amplifier. It wasn’t a totally left-field decision: He we   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Drama King

Songwriter Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinders takes the stage.


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After relocating to Portland from San Francisco in 2005 and promptly releasing Troubled Times—one of the strongest albums to come out of Stumptown in the past decade—it took singer-songwrite   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Show Preview: Four Tet (DJ set), Nathan Detroit


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[DIGITAL JAZZ] It’s hard to fathom that Kieran Hebden has already given his seminal, 11-year-old album Rounds the reissue treatment. In 2003, Four Tet was the unwitting leader of a long list of    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Newer Slang

James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.


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James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARK STOCK

Wild Photos from 1970's Vortex Music Festival

In 1970, a Republican Oregon governor lured protesting hippies out of town with a state-sponsored music festival (photos)


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This month marks the 44th anniversary of Vortex, the only state-sponsored music festival in U.S. history, which took place at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada. Author Matt Love, who’ll p   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Introducing: U SCO


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Who: Ryan Miller (guitar), Jon Scheid (bass), Phil Cleary (drums). Sounds like: Steve Albini, Rick Froberg and Damon Che soundtracking a disjointed art film about speed freaks careening through t   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Lilacs & Champagne: Wednesday, Aug. 6

Portland sample-splicers weave philosophy with comic books and porn.


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With so many varied projects, Emil Amos finds himself guzzling coffee just to keep up. Every group he’s involved with, he says, pulls from sources of Eastern inspiration, both melodically and    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.


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If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.


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Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where he was studyi   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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