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Opportunity (Finally) Knocks

Menomena returns after a year with a new label, an album's worth of new material and some valid excuses.

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One afternoon late last month, Danny Seim, of local experimental pop group Menomena, waited eagerly in Northwest Portland's production shop SuperDigital. The minutes ticked away as engineer Jeff Saltz ...   More
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

CD-R Portland

Add an R, and music becomes sharing rather than industry.

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Starting a CD-R label might sound like a complex operation, what with that extra R and all. But it's really incredibly easy. God knows how many CD-R labels exist in Portland: How many small crews of m ...   More
Wednesday, August 16, 2006 Michael Byrne

It's Their Prerogative

As Sleater-Kinney moves on, two older, wiser fans weigh in.

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Last month Sleater-Kinney declared that, after its summmer tour, the band dubbed the best in the world by rock über-critic Greil Marcus in Esquire is not likely to record or perform together agai ...   More
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Jason Simms

The Other Side Of Awake

Arrington de Dionyso and his 21-song dream tour.

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Arrington de Dionyso has talking down pat. There is nothing extreme in the tenor of his voice. His emphases and pauses are nearly immaculate. Words are carefully considered and rarely wasted. His volu ...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Michael Byrne

Beat Patrol

Hip-hop producer Mystro weighs in on Portland's indie-rock breaks album.

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Not being a hip-hop producer, I really had no idea how to review Bridgetown Breaks Vol. 2, the second installment of breakbeats as performed by various Portland drummers and the beatboxer known only a ...   More
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 CASEY JARMAN


Local bands make hard-earned new fans at Warped Tour.

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In the cutthroat-fight-for-shade, four-dollar-Gatorade world of Warped Tour, I have long had two dreams: The musician in me has wanted to play a small Warped stage, gaining hundreds of new fans, while ...   More
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Jason Simms

Ascending The Throne

The world's greatest jazz singer is right next door.

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Many of us have never had the opportunity to experience in person the vulnerable sense of heartbreak in Billie Holiday's voice. But we continue to return to her. Why? Because we live in a world where ...   More
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 Tim Duroche

Local Cut

Three years in the making, Portland's (amazing, love-stuffed, daily) Music Journal arrives.

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The first time the phrase "Local Cut" appeared in the pages of Willamette Week was Jan. 7, 2004. Bold, in all caps and accompanied by the unfortunate tagline "Like Crack for PDX Music Fans," the title ...   More
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Black Metal In Pink Tights

For 10 years JonnyX and the Groadies have managed to stay underground with one of the most spectacular shows around.

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"The Portland scene is so huge and there's so much different stuff that's well-supported, that you can totally miss out on really awesome stuff and never know it," says bassist DJ Invisible Touch abou ...   More
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Jason Simms

Writin' The Storm Out

Local bassist goes to New Orleans a sideman, returns a songwriter.

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Matt Voth's chance phone call to an old college buddy last September found his friend down in Louisiana, working for a firm involved with disaster relief there. "Man, you'd be perfect for this job," w ...   More
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 JEFF ROSENBERG
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