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WW awards the bands of Slabtown’s third annual Bender Festival.

This year’s Bender—an annual festival of garage rock, punk and lo-fi sounds at Northwest Portland pinball bar Slabtown—isn’t packed to the brim with big names. But it is packed with carefully curated, solid-to-excellent ba...   More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Emancipator, Oracle

Emancipator Safe In The Steep Cliffs

[ELECTRORGANIC] If you turned on the radio in 1939 and heard the Ink Spots’ “If I Didn’t Care,” you’d be able to easily identify crooning voices, a softly strummed acoustic guitar and a touch of piano. Turn the radio on today and playing “name that sound” is a much tougher chore. O...   More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 by Local Cut

Eyedea’s Top 5 Favorite Herbal Remedies

Kava, for general anxiety and insomnia. This stuff works on the same receptors as classical benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, etc.) but is more anxiolytic than hypnotic in effect, so you won't wake up with your face on the floor wondering what the hell you did the day before. And the best part is, you can pick this stuff up at virtually any health food store in America.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010 by Local Cut

Top 4 Favorites Of Rontoms’ First 99 Sunday Shows.

We asked the folks behind Rontoms’ ongoing Sunday series (Joe Bowden, Hannah Carlen, Matt King, Ron Toms) for their favorite gigs thus far.Red Fang, Black Elk, Black Eyes and Neckties
(2/1/09) One of the heaviest shows at Rontoms got significantly heavier as Tom Glose of Black Elk puked on the stage, the bass cabinet, the microphone….Dirty Mittens & Church ...   More
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by Local Cut

Mississippi Studios Hosts Haiti Benefit, Flips Off Pat Robertson

We've all reacted to the Haiti catastrophe—and people like Pat Robertson's batshit crazy reaction to Haiti—in different ways. Here's how Mississippi Studios and local musicians l...   More
Friday, January 22, 2010 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Ohioan, Scout Niblett

Ohioan High Country EP
(Infinite Front)

[FUCKED-UP AMERICANA] At the heart of Ohioan’s sound is a conflict between the embrace of tradition and the refusal of it. Ohioan godhead Ryne Warner seems spiritually opposed to releasing a conventional pop album—a point to which High Country’s avant-noise forays attest—but he also writes a mean...   More
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 by Local Cut

Rev. Shines’ Top 5

Favorite George Clinton and Parliament songs.

5. “I’ll Stay,” Parliament
Shows the bluesier side of P-Funk. Love the haunting vibe on this. Plus, it’s sampled by the greatest group of all time, De La Soul.4. “Atomic Dog,” George Clinton
Bow wow wow yippy-yo yippy-yay!3. “Funkin’ For Fun,” Parliament
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Local Cut

Turntablist Rob Swift’s Top 5 All-Time Favorite Songs.

“Rebel Without a Pause,” Public EnemyThis for me was the song that bridged the era of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” with the pro-black Afrocentricity of the ’90s. PE brought it hard and made no apologies.“Just a Friendly Game of Baseball,” Main SourceMy favorite Main Source track. Large Professor’s analogy...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 by Local Cut

Our New Year's Eve Diary (With Soundtrack)

This began as an epic idea: We should get all of WW's freelancers to report on their crazy New Year's Eve parties, thus painting a kaleidoscopic picture of the whole Portland nightlife at the end of the decade. But as it happened, only five people signed up for the project. And one of t...   More
Saturday, January 2, 2010 by Local Cut

Top 5 Jams That Pulled WW’s Music Section Through 2009

5. Here We Go Magic, “Fangela”A tricky little Brian Eno-esque worldly funk-pop number with real inertia from Luke Temple’s new band. It’s groovy but lo-fi, just like us.4. YACHT, “Psychic City (Voodoo City)”What a relief—the cutest dance jam of the year is also one of the best. It makes for great late-night office drinking music.3. The Min...   More
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by Local Cut
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