[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...
The former Spinanes frontwoman tells us what she's been up to as of late
Portland singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates will soon release her first solo album in over 10 years (she occasionally talks about that here), but the ex-Spinanes frontwoman would rather talk about surveys than new tunes. One survey, in particular: The Future of Music Coalition, an organization she works for, is attempting an ambitious project...
Stephen Malkmus has done a lot of interviews in his 20-odd years fronting Pavement and the Jicks. So when we talked on the phone in advance of the latter group’s Portland stop—it will be the first time the latest incarnation of the band, which features Jake Morris of the Joggers on drums in addition to longtime Jicks Joanna Bolme and Mike Clark, has played Portland—I wasn’t surprised...
Movie Reviews & Stories
In contemplating Clarence Reid’s career touring the world
as septuagenarian soul singer/rap inventor/pussy lover Blowfly, it’s
hard not to think of a tired old circus lion. Occasionally he roars