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Show Preview: Danny Brown

Show Preview: Danny Brown at Roseland Theater


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[DETROIT RAP CITY] If Drake is, as New York Times critic Jon Caramanica wrote last year, “all the emoji: prayer hands, dancing girls, diamond ring, blown kiss, laughing through tears,” then    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Oh Darling: Saturday, May 10

Not even L.A. could bum out Portland’s shiniest, happiest band.


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Almost any write-up you can find on Oh Darling describes the Portland band with a few choice synonyms: “Cute.” “Adorable.” “Cheerios in chocolate milk.” It’s like reading reviews for   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Golden State Warriors

Warpaint transcends blog buzz, rock ’n’ roll and L.A. but it’s still California daydreaming.


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The path from blog-worthy buzz band to compelling live presence is treacherous. As we’ve learned from the hundreds of bands that face-plant live in the wake of well-hyped debuts, adding layers o   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Mic Check: The Pharcyde’s Tre Hardson

On J Dilla


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Though not a household name on the level of hip-hop’s other martyr figures, for true heads, the producer James Yancey—aka Jay Dee, aka J Dilla—is a saint on par with Tupac, Biggie and Jam Ma   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Bearcubbin'


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Who: Chris Scott (guitar, keyboards), Mike Byrne (drums, electronics), Patrick Dougherty (bass). Sounds like: An intense Joint Chiefs of Staff meeting where all arguments are made on electric guitars   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MARK STOCK

The Renaissance Coalition

Portland hip-hop’s odd future is now.


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Copycat rappers, unimaginative rappers, pretty rappers, Portland rappers who film themselves rapping on bridges—that’s that shit the Renaissance Coalition doesn’t like. Add Dwight Howard t   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Permanent Vacation

Peter Buck talks life after R.E.M., his solo records, sabotaging the Verve, hitchhiking in Portland and not talking to the media.


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Peter Buck doesn’t need me. Thirty years amassing one of the most sanctified discographies in American music—and a bank account festooned with zeroes—has ensured him of that. R.E.M., the immeasurably    More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Federale


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Federale, perhaps the only band in Portland playing original spaghetti Western soundtrack music, marks an unlikely 10th anniversary this week. Founding member Collin Hegna recalls the group’s    More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Souvenir Driver: Wednesday, April 23

Portland shoegazers follow their bliss into an analog daydream.


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When Neil Young delivered the keynote address at South by Southwest last month, a lot of musicians were listening. He was pushing his new project, PonoMusic, a portable music player rendering digi   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 MARK STOCK

Holy High Day

Your 4/20 concert guide.


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What is 4/20, anyway? Theoretically, it’s unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day, but that implies those who observe it don’t appreciate the shrubbery of the gods every other day of th   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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