Wipe away his trademark face paint, and Tech N9ne is still
one of the most fascinating figures in rap. He’s skilled enough to
outshine Outkast’s Andre 3000 on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV,
The 100-year-old Star Theater (13 NW 6th Ave., startheaterportland.com)
has been a strip joint, a burlesque bar and a speakeasy. Its latest
incarnation isn’t the first time the room—with its imp
Burgerville is now cooler than most of your friends.
I recently heard a Shaky Hands song playing at Burgerville. I shouldn't have been shocked, considering the Shakies played Burgerville before the beloved Portland rock outfit went on its current hiatus—but it still took me a minute to reconcile what I wa...
[DEAR DIARY HIP-HOP] When people tell me they’re not
really feeling the Portland hip-hop scene, I point them to Cloudy
October. The Portland MC resides at the corner of massive ego and
Man, break-ups can be tough. From the sound of it, Portland MC Vocab is taking his real, real hard.
"You won't get no tears from me," he raps. "No, not even a drop/ If I saw your dead body on the side of the road/ I'd drive off and just leave you to rot."Yikes. I'm going over my mental Rolodex to think of people I might not even call the cops about, were I to find their carcass on the side of t...
Maybe Ray Raposa likes surprises. Maybe that's why no two albums from his band, Castanets, sound the same—they go from near-ambient sound experiments to outlaw country-styled rock records—and why Castanets shows in Portland are often such last-minute affairs. We like surprises, too, and we were surprised to hear that Raposa had been working with beloved singer-songwriter-composer Sufjan Steven...