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MusicfestNW 2013: Joey Bada$$

Hip-hop’s savior is an 18-year-old MC with big dreams, big problems and an even bigger price tag.


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Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ likes to keep things candid. He’ll tell you, without hesitation, that any record label that wants to sign him will have to pay him $3 million up front. He’ll also    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 REED JACKSON

MusicfestNW 2013: Baroness

Crawling out from the wreckage of a devastating bus crash, a metal behemoth returns, better than ever.


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Last year was poised to be a banner one for Baroness. With its double-album, Yellow & Green, the band imported prog-metal touchstones—lengthy instrumental breaks, ambient squalls of harmonic   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW 2013: Animal Collective

For these veteran experimentalists, distance makes the music grow weirder.


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Noah Lennox has some advice for bands on the international touring circuit. “Don’t say you’re in ‘a psychedelic experimental band’ when going through customs,” says the artist better   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARK STOCK

MusicfestNW 2013: Shuggie Otis

After four decades off the grid, a soul-funk genius resumes his career.


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When an artist vanishes for 40 years, rumors are going to spread, none of them good. So it was with Shuggie Otis. Nearly four decades passed after the release of his third album, the psychedelic soul masterpiece    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: When Neko Met K.D.

Two country-pop vocalists talk life on the road, life in the studio, and Loretta Lynn’s bologna.


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Considering the connections one can make between the work and careers of K.D. Lang and Neko Case, it's amazing the two had, until last fall, never met in person. Both work in that murky and melod   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM

MusicfestNW 2013: Spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday


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TUESDAY, 9/3 Antwon [HIP-HOP] There’s another side to hip-hop’s coin, and Antwon is making himself a contender to be its face. Dropping raw, DIY mixtapes like March’s In Dark Denim from hi   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2013: Spotlight Thursday


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THURSDAY, 9/5 !!! [MUTANT DISCO] Emerging in the late ’90s from Sacramento of all places, and playing music rooted equally in the jagged funk of post-punk and the rubbery rhythms of actual f   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2013: Spotlight Friday


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FRIDAY, 9/6 AgesandAges [JOY POP] Portland’s AgesandAges made an imprint in 2011 with its cheerful, quirky and harmony-filled debut, Alright You Restless. Combining infectious vocals with catchy   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2013: Spotlight Saturday and Sunday


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SATURDAY, 9/7 1939 Ensemble [POST-ROCK] A duo making instrumental music out of nothing but drums, vibraphone and ephemeral noise isn’t taking any shortcuts to success, but vibes player Jose    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

MusicfestNW 2013: Musicfest is Rubbish

The return of Britain’s angriest punk.


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In late-’70s England, there wasn’t a more fearsome creature prowling the streets of London than Ian Rubbish. The levels of bile pumping through his spleen made Johnny Rotten look like Mr. Bean   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
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