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Kickstart My Heart: ILLocation

Electric iLL wants you to help them funkify, beautify and safetify a Northeast Portland neighborhood.

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Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Kevin Robinson is fed up. And not just with rising ticket costs and the overall state of the music industry, but society as a whole. As half of indie-rock duo    More
 
Friday, May 17, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Bringing Out the Dead

A PSU student attempts to recreate a lost Grateful Dead show, based on the memories of those who were there. Good luck!


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They say anyone who remembers the ’60s wasn’t there. Tell it to Travis Neel. For the last six months, the 29-year-old Portland State University graduate student has been studying the Gratefu   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: “Dreams of Cannibalism,” Typhoon

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Alright, I’ve had enough. I’m done trying to figure out how many people are in Typhoon. Let’s just say it’s somewhere around 10 or a few members shy of Sweden’s flagship 28-piece band I’m From Barcelona. Regardless, the orchestral rock band is up to big things here in Stumptown. ...   More
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: “What You Want,” Kenny Feinstein ft. Richard Buckner (My Bloody Valentine cover)

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Jesus. I can’t say I didn’t expect a barrage of My Bloody Valentine madness given the band’s sudden announcement and release of its first new shoegazing venture in 20-plus years, m b v, back in February, but I certainly didn’t see this one coming....   More
 
Friday, May 3, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: "The Hero," TeenSpot

Aggressive Inline Skating

I’m sorry, but “supergroup” is not a term you can just nonchalantly throw around. It implies an often short-lived collaboration among high-caliber musicians from other bands, a nexus of sheer awesomeness and asskicking the likes of which the world will never see again. Cream was a supergroup, as is Them Crooked Vulture...   More
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Becky Ohlsen Walking Portland

Wheezing, drinking, learning.


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Becky Ohlsen’s Walking Portland keeps up a blistering pace through Portland’s gridded streets while stopping at every worthy watering hole and potential Instagram selfie backdrop along the way   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Headout: Pickin’ ’n’ Grinnin’

Thrifting advice from a man who makes a living reselling Goodwill finds.


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You won’t see any photocopied fliers or crooked yard signs for “Portland’s largest garage sale.” This Saturday’s swap meet at the Expo Center doesn’t have such ragged charm. But that d   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

The Funny Glut

So everyone’s a comedian now?


Culture Features
A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar. They put their names on the list and hope to get called up for three minutes onstage. They’re aspiring standups—like everyone else in Portland   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Vitaminwater's Brilliance Uncapped Concert

B.o.B., Santigold, an animatronic dinosaur and bottles upon bottles of neon-colored water invade Boring, Ore.

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Every state has a town with an unfortunate name. California has Weed. New Jersey has Loveladies. Arkansas has Toad Suck—yes, Toad Suck. For Oregon, the crown for most horribly-named city would have to go to    More
 
Monday, April 8, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER
 

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