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...
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...