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The Sound That Was, 2009

Our favorite discs of the last year, in nonjudgmental alphabetical order.
Lists are stupid. Especially when applied to things you truly love. Would you rank your immediate family into a top five? How about your top five internal organs? We feel just as intensely about music—a...   More
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 by Local Cut

On The Radar

Shows in 2010 that we’re already excited about.

Prefuse 73, Sunday, Jan. 31 @ Holocene
Twisted producer Guillermo Scott Heron is back as Prefuse 73, busting some of the most chopped ’n’ screwed instrumental hip-hop jams you’ve ever heard.Billy Joel and Elton John, Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ Rose Garden Arena
How will they do it? How will they se...   More
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 by Local Cut

The 12 Shows Of Christmas

You want cheer? This week is full of it!


There are two ways to approach the holidays: You can hide from the overwhelming commercialism of it all, avoiding the Christmas decorations that dot every drugstore even before Halloween, or you can buck up and get your yuletide on. So, in honor of our secret love of cheesy holiday songs...   More
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Local Cut

Live Wire! Radio

Top 5 Holiday Variety Shows I’d Like To See

Perry Como’s “I’m Still Dead, But it’s Christmas, Dammit!” Special
Featuring a reanimated Perry, Angie Dickinson and a CGI version of Bing Crosby singing a duet with Marie Osmond’s hair circa 1978.

Bill O’Reilly’s War on the War ...   More
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 by Local Cut

Passion Pit, Monday Dec. 7 @ Crystal Ballroom

Superrad intern India Nicholas hit the Passion Pit show for us and came back excited. Then we took two days to get her post up. Whoops! And thanks, India.

Usually, my Monday nights are pretty boring. Maybe a jog, a little HBO if I'm feeling really crazy. But last night was diff...   More
Thursday, December 10, 2009 by Local Cut

Kevin Seconds’ Top 5 Favorite Sacramento Bands

Grub Dog and the Amazing Sweethearts
A rousing, snarly rock ’n’ roll band led by one of the most gifted and prolific singer-songwriters on the planet.Kepi Ghoulie
One of the hardest-working people in punk rock and the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. He’s also a catchy and clever singer-songwriter and artist.Pressure Point
Honest, passionate and an...   More
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Saudade, Laura Veirs

Saudade Lookouts’ Journal
(Arena Rock)

[ATMOSPHERE] Arena Rock Records is on a roll. A string of solid-to-excellent releases means a trust has been built. Anything released on this label is worth a listen. But even Arena Rock’s diverse catalog didn’t prepare us for a new record from Saudade, a Portland duo known for moody, atmospheric soundscapes ...   More
Wednesday, December 2, 2009 by Local Cut

Morrissey 101

Loved. Adored. Worshipped. Why is everything coming up Morrissey?

by Rebecca Raber.Here he comes. It’s been seven years since Morrissey played Portland, but now the Oscar Wilde-quoting, gladioli-throwing former Smiths frontman is returning to our town in support of his ninth solo album, last winter’s Years of Refusal, and recent B-sides collection Swords. W...   More
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: MarchFourth Marching Band, Curious Hands

MarchFourth Marching Band Rise Up
(Self- Released)

[BRASS ’N’ BALLS] Some great live bands just can’t seem to capture their in-person energy on disc. “You have to see ’em live,” we tell friends, apologetically, when the CD doesn’t bring it. I was afraid that would happen with MarchFourth, whose joyous performances owe so muc...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 by Local Cut

Sparkle And Fade

The rise and fall of Everclear and The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.
by Michael Mannheimer and Casey Jarman
This week, as if by some strange cosmic alignment, two large-looming ghosts from Oregon music history return to Portland for encore performances. And it turns out, Everclear and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies have more in common than their disparate music would suggest...   More
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 by Local Cut
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