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Introducing: Ultra Van Krome


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Who: Stevie Ray Mays (bass, guitar, vocals), Ramsey Embick (keyboards), Brian Harrison (guitar), Johnny Linn Russell (drums). Sounds like: Morris Day and the Time, having tired of battling Prince   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Viet Cong: Mississippi Studios, Tuesday, March 3

When the going got tough, Matt Flegel just got noisier.


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When Calgary-based noise-pop band Women split up in 2012, it wasn’t without controversy. Led by brothers Matt and Patrick Flegel, the band had carved out a niche as one of the most innovative    More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Return the Gift

How Portland is keeping jazz alive and raising its next generation.


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You can hear the tiny stampede well before it reaches the door. It’s Monday afternoon, around 2 pm, when 20 or so Northeast Portland fifth-graders come barreling into the band room at King S   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 PARKER HALL

Introducing: Big Mo


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Who: Rapper Mohammed Alkhadher.Sounds like: An upper-echelon lyricist in the mold of Ras Kass and Nas, with superior beat selection and a socially conscious perspective that’s easy to digest.For   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 T.J. LOVE

Jessica Pratt: Sunday, Feb. 22, at Doug Fir Lounge

It’s oh so quiet.


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Jessica Pratt has to be sick of talking to reporters. The L.A. singer-songwriter put out her self-titled debut in 2012, after her friend Tim Presley of psychedelic garage rockers Darker My Lov   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 CRIS LANKENAU

Show Preview: Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate, Southgate


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[KILLING TECHNOLOGY] In the ’80s, French-Canadian sci-fi thrash quartet Voivod was a contemporary of Metallica and Slayer, infusing progressive themes borrowed from King Crimson and Van der Graa   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

On the Run

Divers made one of the best albums of 2015 so far. So what now?


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Earlier this month, at a house show in Northeast Portland, Divers opened with a song that doesn’t yet have an ending. That might be common practice among jam bands, but not for dudes playing   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Moon by You


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Who: Sarah Kue (vocals), Jake Enger (guitar), Tyler Verigin (drums), Kevin Clark (keyboards) and Austin Smith (bass). Sounds like: The party you’d never turn down an invitation to. For fans of: Th   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 COLETTE POMERLEAU

Show Preview: A Benefit for Too Slim


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[BLUES MEDICINE] Smokin’ Spokane slide guitarist Tim “Too Slim” Langford has led Too Slim and the Taildraggers through three award-winning decades as one of the Northwest’s favorite blue   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Move That Dope

The saga of Sleep’s stoner metal opus, as told by its Portland-based producer.


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Sleep is a case study in the classic underground success story. High-school pals in San Jose, Calif., who went on to create a blueprint for modern  Sabbath-worshipping stoner metal, the ban   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NATHAN CARSON
 

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