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Introducing...: SPF666


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Who: Zak DesFleurs. Sounds like: Bobby Digital—the Jamaican dancehall producer, not RZA’s alter ego—forging reggaeton riddims amid an occultist’s dimly lit reptile collection. For fans o   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Show Previews: Riff Raff, YG, and Lil Jon at Roseland Theater


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[MUSTARD ON DA BEAT] While everyone was convincing themselves that Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron was the second coming of good kid m.A.A.d city—spoiler alert: It’s not—YG quietly released the current   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 WW Staff

Bubblin’ Up

Ben Fuller and Lincoln Heath celebrate four years of reshaping Portland’s dance culture.


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Somewhere in Portland, there’s an aggressive Old Town bro unaware he helped bring together two of the most influential electronic music promoters in the city. It was 2009, at a show at the Crown   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

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
 

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