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Scene Report: Hip-Hop

The Portland MCs melting mics in 2014.


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Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REED JACKSON

Once In A Dead Moon

The band that made Fred and Toody Cole Portland punk legends rises again—if just for one night.


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Who’s going to tell Fred and Toody Cole they can’t smoke in here? No one at Mississippi Studios, certainly. Upstairs in the North Portland music venue’s green room, the punk-rock power cou   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Scene Report: Electronic Music

The artists who will dominate Portland dance floors in 2014.


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Portland’s indie-rock and folk scenes outshine most other cities’. This is a universally accepted truth, and something that has made electronic music a second-class scene. That’s not for wan   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Live Edition

The most awesome concerts we saw this year.


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Lady Gaga @ Rose Garden, Jan. 15 The mechanical horse! The three-story castle! The raw-meat sofa! However bloodless and derivative her music, La Gaga’s flair for curated scandal does lend its   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

The Gas Mask Anthems

One society’s junk is L’Orchestre d’Incroyable’s folk music.


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Traipsing through a Technicolor conception of our generation’s Old Weird America, some trashed would-be troubadour crops up with a pair of suspenders helping keep his pants at about waist leve   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 DAVE CANTOR

Introducing...: Unicorn Domination


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Who: Chelsea Unicorn, Lucia Luna, Clint “ClickAttack” Harvard. Sounds like: ’80s French electro processed with glitter, Lucky Charms and a black widow spider. For fans of: Air, Massive Attack,   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Show Preview: MusicfestNW Presents: Icona Pop, K. Flay, Sirah


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[POP TRIUMPHALISM] Banging into the global consciousness in 2012 with summer jam nonpareil “I Love It,” 20-something Swedes Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have finally released a debut album pro   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 JAY HORTON

The Fixer

Pere Ubu’s David Thomas isn’t a jerk. He’s just smarter than you.


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There’s been a nasty rumor going around the last, oh, 35 years or so, that David Thomas, founder of the pioneering art-punk band Pere Ubu, is an asshole. Like his early inspiration, Lou Reed, th   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Third Eye Blind


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Dear 13-Year-Old-Pete: It’s yourself again, from the future. You’re probably sitting in the basement eating Hot Pockets while eagerly awaiting MTV’s Amp and the slim chance they’ll air the co   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 PETE COTTELL
 

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