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Show Preview: Flying Lotus, Thundercat


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[FUTURE JAZZ] Steven Ellison won’t settle down. The producer, better known to the world as Flying Lotus, isn’t just one of the most innovative musicians putting out material these days. He’s   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Death From Above 1979


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[NO-WAVE FUNK] Looking back on the flash-in-the-pan success of Death From Above 1979’s debut record, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, it’s hard to pin down what sort of precedent led to the To   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 PETE COTTELL

What’s Your Pleasure?

Forty years ago, Portland’s best band was a funky soul orchestra from the streets of the Northeast.


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In 1974, Portland was a much funkier place. Though still primarily a rock town, one of the most popular and successful groups to emerge in that era was Pleasure, a nine-piece, jazz-tinged disco-so   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: A Millennial’s Guide to Slowdive


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WTF is “Slowdive”?  Slowdive is a pioneering shoegaze band from Reading, England. They formed in 1989 and split after just six years and three records, including landmark 1993 album Souv   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

United Nations: Friday, Nov. 7

Geoff Rickly slaughters punk’s sacred cows—including himself.


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United Nations’ Geoff Rickly is not to blame for emo’s crimes against humanity. Historians might use his old band, Thursday, as a punching bag for the punk subgenre’s unseemly shift from h   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Cut the Slack

Courtney Barnett’s a loser, baby, but she’s not going to let it kill her.


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For someone who’s written songs detailing awkward phone calls with her mom and using masturbation as a sleep aid, Courtney Barnett comes across awfully shy in conversation. She answers questions   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

R.I.P. Slabtown


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With Portlanders of every vintage so eager to ennoble the fallen, let us remember two things about Slabtown as the longtime Northwest venue fades into memory. Fairly or not, local nightlife pres   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAY HORTON

The Black Keys: Friday, Oct. 31

Drummer Pat Carney talks LeBron, band dynamics and his hometown’s best burger(s).


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No surprise, Pat Carney still has the green MG convertible. Carney got the car in March 2004, during the sessions for the Black Keys’ third record, Rubber Factory. I know because it still had te   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Scary Monsters

With his stunning new album, Perfume Genius stops being sad and starts getting even.


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From a young age, Mike Hadreas has been keenly aware that his existence makes other people uncomfortable. To put it lightly, that used to bum him out. The first two albums he released as Perfume   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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