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Love And Distance

Miles of mainland can't stop the Standard.

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It's a bit of a chore to keep track of the guys in the Standard. Even Tim Putnam, the band's verklempt vocalist, doesn't know where all the band members are living right now."Jay Clarke and Rob Oberdo ...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Waiting In The Wings

Young Americans, are you sick of your close-up yet?

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Sauntering about the patio outside of ripe's Family Supper space at the Gotham Bldg. Tavern Saturday night, Matt Wiggins looks calm, collected and freshly shaven, his sport coat unwrinkled, his cheeks ...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Artist Breaks For Pleasure

Boy Eats Drum Machine teams up with some of Portland's best drummers, and they didn't even know it.

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The one-man band was once the occupation of the odd and eccentric. A brother to the 13th-century village idiot, this musician literally bore the burden of a full band on his back, lugging a woodwind s ...   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

I, Buchanan

The industry folk who ate Seattle are coming for your babies.

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I am the Pat Buchanan of the Portland music scene. Or so I have recently been called on the local PDX-Pop music listserv. But, I'm OK with that. In the unfettered and faceless world of electronic comm ...   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Clearing The Wroom

The story of an electro-acoustic duo, their furnace and so-called music.

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Is this music? Is this static? If I'm asking these questions, doesn't that automatically disqualify it from being music? These are the questions I bombarded myself with while listening to What We Mean ...   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Portland Band Obituaries

These are bands that died, died. All these bands, they died.

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The Carolines(January 2001ĐOctober 2005)The end of the Carolines came as a shock to the Portland pop band's devout fanbase. One MySpace acquaintance named FancyPants begged the band: "DONT BREAK UP. I ...   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Wobbling down the whiskey river with Little Sue and Lynn Conover.

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"I remember the first time I got sick as a dog drinking whiskey," says Little Sue, as her beverage beads with condensation on a recent Monday night at the White Eagle. "In the ninth grade, I was on th ...   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Band That Continued To Roll

The bucket bluesmen in Hillstomp ride again, women be damned.

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If there were no women, there would be no blues.The men in local blues duo Hillstomp know as much. And if you couldn't glean it from the weathered trance blues about lovin', leavin' and bein' left beh ...   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Welcome to the paper of record for your music scene.

Riff City
Standing in the wings of the Aladdin Theater last Thursday during a taping of the OPB radio show Live Wire!, I was sweating. And I don't sweat unless I'm dancing.It wasn't the fact that I would soon b ...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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