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Live Review: Al Green, Friday, August 28 @ Edgefield

Anticipation was palpable in the line to get in. The people behind us kept repeating "living legend" and "I hope people don't just sit there, let them stay home and watch it on YouTube if they're gonna just sit there." Both statements rattled around in our heads, too. We were about to be in the ...   More
Tuesday, September 1, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

These Are the Days: Every Weekend in Portland Feels Like a Festival

Superfest. PDX Pop Now!. Manor of Art. SMMR BMMR. It's no wonder every weekend in Portland feels like a festival. This edition of These Are The Days features a few artists performing at festivals taking place in the waning days of summer, including White Hinterland (Mikrofest on Septemb...   More
Monday, August 31, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

The Woolen Men, "Land Of Laughs," The Woolen Men (Eggy Records)

Pay attention to a particular songwriter long enough and you will count yourself fortunate to watch them mature over time and then succeed. I have known Lawton Browning—one third of lo-fi rock band the Woolen Men—since we attended Lincoln High School together in the early part of th...   More
Thursday, August 27, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

Live Review: Jay Reatard, Tuesday, August 25 @ Jackpot Records

It's fitting that on the cover of his Matador Records debut, Watch Me Fall, Jay Lindsey—better known by his stage name Jay Reatard—looks like a mage. Peering through a night mist, Reatard seems to be daring you to cross him. At Jackpot Records on Tuesday evenin...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

Brainstorm, "Battling Giants," Battling Giants (Lasercave, High Scores & Records)

Over the last several weeks it's occurred to me on one more than one occasion that there are two things Portland loves in its music: rhythm and vocal harmonies. We love rhythm because we like to dance the rain off, and we love harmonies because we like it when people work together. Portland's ...   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

The Woodlands, "Summerland," The Woodlands (Self-Released)

Hearing about your favorite band getting signed to local labels or being written up in the local press never ceases to thrill. There's something even more pride-inducing about seeing treasured Portland groups start to receive national and international attention, whether it's Starfucker's IBM a...   More
Thursday, August 13, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

These Are the Days: 2009 PDX Pop Now! Preview

If it's the last weekend in July that means it's time for one of Portland's most remarkable annual events, PDX Pop Now! For six years, the free, three day, all-ages music festival has featured prime Portland talent, both established and up and coming, and the lineups have simply gotten ...   More
Thursday, July 23, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

Live Review: Wampire, Breakfast Mountain, Monday, July 13 @ The Baller Tower

After nearly four years of missing basically every concert ever on a Monday night (exceptions being when I got a sub for my show and went to see TV On The Radio, PRF's European tour kick off show, the National, Nick Lowe, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds and Dengue Fever), I finally have Monday nig...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

These Are The Days with Arya Imig (Friday, June 12)

This edition of These Are The Days features music by artists performing at shows taking place June 12-June 25, a two week period which includes the celebration of the summer solstice. In addition to new music from Ghosties, Viva Voce, and Welcome Home Walker, the podcast also features a...   More
Friday, June 12, 2009 by ARYA IMIG

These Are The Days: PDX Pop Now & Palatial Crest

This edition of These Are The Days celebrates two events in the coming weeks which share a similar storyline. The podcast features interviews with Seth Kaufman, the PDX Pop Now! board member in charge of coordinating the compilation of this year's CD, and Aaron and Sean, the heads of a ...   More
Monday, June 1, 2009 by ARYA IMIG
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