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2009 PDX Pop Now! Report, Day 3

After three days, 50 bands, and very little sleep, the 2009 PDX Pop Now! festival is done. And to be honest, now I'm not sure what to do with my life. I could go on and on about how much this festival means for me and the music community at large, but I think I'll save the myth-making for later ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Satan’s Pilgrims and Trevor Giuliani

Satan’s Pilgrims Psychsploitation
(Self Released)

[SURFADELIC] One would expect a 10-year hiatus to take a band off its game a little. But Satan’s Pilgrims—renowned surf-rockers from Portland’s past whose last album appeared on shelves in 1999—are picking up right where they left off. In fact, like many of the groups that inspired ...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Local Cut

Top Five

Ways Har Mar Can Sex You

“My sound is that of a warm summer breeze finding its way up your skirts and shorts. It will hit the sweet spot that brings you back to your youth at the county fair. Like the first time you rode the Northern Lights and felt your stomach enter that crotch tickling drop-zone, I will caress your ears. A sweet R&B melody deliver...   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 by Local Cut

Rock Plaza Central's Top Five...

Band Names That Are Worse Than Ours

We get a little flak for our band name—that it’s not terribly accurate, and more often than not people misremember it as “Rock Central Plaza.” But at least we don’t have to worry about getting sued someday over it. Here are five names that are worse:Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned
Friends of ours from Albany,...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Yacht, Hide and Go Hustle

Yacht See Mystery Lights

[MYSTERY BEATS] YACHT has always played with contrasts. Jona Bechtolt was accessible long before his music was, smiling and chatting with fans before, after and sometimes during shows. In the early days he gave funny names to fucked-up beats and complemented what seemed like willfully impenetrable recorded material with theatrical...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Local Cut

Drakkar Sauna's Top Five...

Things To Say Before Being Punched In The Face

“Let’s agree to disagree.”
Everyone loves reason. That’s why it’s called “science.” But love is crazy. Amour fou, as the continentals say. Often, nothing is as provocative as reason.“I’m Jeff.”
They don’t want to know who you are. Your anonymity is ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 by Local Cut

Top Five

Waterfront Blues Fest: Dirtiest Weekend Ever?

Troublemakers, 3 pm Thursday
You know things are going to get a little randy when you start off a festival with a roots-rock band of self-declared “full-grown men” named the Troublemakers.Jim Suhler Monkey Beat, 12:45 pm Friday
“It starts out nasty and just gets meaner.” —Billboar...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by Local Cut

Top Five

Female Singers Cursive’s Tim Kasher Wants To Be.

5. Chrissie Hynde
Because she is one badass motherfucker. Listen to all that oozing attitude on the early Pretenders albums, telling us all to fuck off. And her melodies are some of the best out there, forming a new generation of songwriters.4. Belinda Carlisle
Because I have always loved the Go-Gos, and if t...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by Local Cut
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