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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

Andy Shauf: Sunday, Feb. 8

Oh-oh! Living on a prai-rie!

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To understand Andy Shauf’s music, you have to understand the prairie. “There are experiences you have as a prairie person that you get very used to that you don’t really experience anywh   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Show Preview: Lucinda Williams, Kenneth Brian Band

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[AMERICANA DECLINE] In approaching last September’s double-disc Lucinda Williams album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, I’m compelled to paraphrase some forgotten critic’s review of a    More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Desert Rain

A Portland ethnomusicologist remakes Purple Rain in the Sahara.

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One thing Christopher Kirkley can’t be accused of is lacking ambition. Since 2008, through his Sahelsounds blog and record label, the Portland “guerrilla ethnomusicologist” has collected a   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Karmelloz

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Who: Producer Matthew Pepitone. Sounds like: Ambient music stripped of all pretense and programmed for club versatility by an itinerant neurologist-cum-software developer living on a weed farm de   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MITCH LILLIE

Too Many Zooz: Saturday, Jan. 31, at Roseland Theater

Some real underground music.

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In a way, the New York City subway system is kind of like Satyricon, Portland’s legendary punk club. Take it from drummer David Parks, who’s played both. “There’s a certain randomnes   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Going Rogue

Willis Earl Beal drops off the music-industry grid.

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Willis Earl Beal has bitten the hand that once fed him. Over the last decade, the avant-garde bluesman transitioned from being an occasionally homeless Army vet, living with his grandmother in   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

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