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Mic Check: Esperanza Spalding

Music Stories
Esperanza Spalding is a popular woman. The bassist/singer/composer will tour at least 10 countries this summer after wrapping up the lengthy U.S. trip that brings her back to her hometown of Por   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Allen Stone is a Soulful Dude. Wanna See Him for Free?


The Soul'd Out festival has been a blast thus far. I've seen Maze (and, perhaps not coincidentally, the most black people I've ever seen in Portland); I've seen Slaughterhouse (and their insanely devoted crowd); I've seen AfroMassive jammed into the basement at Goodfoot and last night I saw a downright inspiring set of ska standards from the Skatalites. Damn! Am I forgetting anything? 
Wel...   More
Thursday, April 19, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Serge Severe and Terminill

Service Without A Smile (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[HIP-HOP] We’re used to Serge Severe being the Sharon Jones of boom-bap (boom-Baptone?). On his last two records, the Portland MC has branded himself as a throwback, flowing over jazz and funk   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Last Man Standing

Kurt Thomas would rather foul out than fade away.

Cover Story
Kurt Thomas can’t compete with Blaze. The NBA’s oldest player and his team’s mascot are representing the Trail Blazers at Russell Academy’s rundown elementary school gymnasium in Northeast   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Starfucker, "Astoria (Demo)," Heaven's Youth


There are five words to this song.
I often wonder what would have happened to Josh Hodges music if no one ever danced to Starfucker. I think things could have gone one of two ways: He'd either be making really elaborate experimental music by now or he'd be releasing stripped-down, minimal songs like this on his own, perhaps under the old Sexton Blake moniker.
Of course that's all speculation...   More
Monday, April 16, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Remembering Gavin "Theory" Soens

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(UPDATED 4/13 with thoughts from members of Fruition and Quixotic)
From my brief time with him, I can't imagine Gavin Soens—who rapped and produced music under the name Gavin Theory—using any cliche cancer phrases about himself. He wasn't "a fighter" or "a trooper." He was, in his own mind, a guy who was blessed with great friends, a supportive family and a supportive music community...   More
Thursday, April 12, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Mean Jeans, "Is Anybody Out There?"


This new video from Mean Jeans, which finds the band blasting green space aliens and drinking Jägermeister—one gets the distinct impression that most of the set props come from the band's personal collection—is pretty amazing, though it threatens to distract from just how awesome this song is. But then, the band's ultra-specific party aesthetic is always going to be a little love or hate for ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN


Walking in the complicated shadows of Elvis Costello’s storied past.

Music Stories
From angry young man to Burt Bacharach collaborator to talk-show host, Elvis Costello rarely settles down long enough to take in the scenery.   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Rockets at Blazers (With Spoiler Potential!)


So, I always feel a kinship with referees. I was reminded of this a few minutes ago, when one offered a friendly but distant half-hug to Raymond Felton. I know that feeling. I write about music for a living. And you can get close to a band—physically close, until your ears bleed—but you're rarely close to a band. And, of course, if you get too close you've got to stop writing about them. I can...   More
Monday, April 9, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Mic Check: Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin

Music Stories
It wasn’t headline news when Swervedriver quietly broke up in 1998. The British quartet, often lumped into the “shoegaze” genre but more muscular and freewheeling than most of its contempora   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

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