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Oh, Opulent World

The Shins' James Mercer counts his blessings, including Portland.

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With the Shins' third (huge) release, Wincing the Night Away, on the horizon, a new wife and a baby on the way, frontman James Mercer has plenty to look forward to. He chatted with Riff City the morni ...   More
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 Amy Mccullough


A visit to Portland's shady places with Kiss Bank and company.

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By the time you read this, the members of gypsy-folk band Kiss Bank will be en route to the Mississippi River, where they'll rejoin the Miss Rockaway Armada, a 20-foot-long vessel they helped build fr ...   More
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Jason Simms

Natural Born Liar

Singer-songwriter Jon Itkin redefines what's "real."

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Jon Itkin is a liar—sort of. After a few listens to his self-released debut, Oregon, the newly local singer-songwriter had me convinced that his mother is in prison. He also had me convinced&mda ...   More
Wednesday, January 3, 2007 Amy Mccullough

Albums Of The Year

WW's Local Cut team picks the five best local albums of 2006.

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Adrian Orange, Bitches Is Lord (Marriage): For the record, this is a post-deadline reconsideration. My apologies to the Blow (whose Paper Television was heavily considered). Bitches Is Lord is simply ...   More
Wednesday, December 27, 2006 The Local Cutters


Portland's GNR tribute sees the "real" thing and out reals it.

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This can be a touchy subject, so let's get it out of the way: Cover bands play songs made famous by other bands. Tribute bands are Method actors—they "become" another band. Last week, Portland s ...   More
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Jason Simms

Raising The Bar

Why one of Portland's most interesting venues is becoming regular.

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Two weeks ago, Seann McKeel announced she would be dropping her role as booker for the increasingly amorphous venue Acme. Her tenure lasted only a year and a half—during which time McKeel also b ...   More
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 Michael Byrne

The Unsung Holiday

Norfolk & Western's Adam Selzer on Turkey Day touring, old buddy M. Ward and becoming a band.

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Portland's prime noise-folk up-and-comers, the crazy-talented kids in Norfolk & Western, are currently touring the States—not by locomotive (as the band's biography once claimed), but in a 15-pe ...   More
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Amy Mccullough

I Need A Hero

I'm holding out for a Guitar Hero till the end of the night.

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I spent close to five hours this past Saturday watching complete strangers play video games. And it was fun. The event was bar/venue the Red Room's first Guitar Hero tournament, and it brought out a s ...   More
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Amy Mccullough

Love-hate Songs

The Wherewithals keep workin' their way back to me, literally.

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The first words you'll hear upon a visit to local indie-rock band the Wherewithals' MySpace page are "Pack up your shit/ Pack up your shit and get out of here." It's a fitting introduction to the band ...   More
Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Amy Mccullough

Frequent Flyer

WW's notoriously schizo new music editor finds her way home.

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Like many pseudo-Portlanders reading this, I am not from here. I am one of the many transplants who made this rainy, wonderful city my own, whether it wanted me or not. And in the three and half years ...   More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Amy Mccullough
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