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Cut of the Day: Vocab,

vocab single

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...   More
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Castanets' Ray Raposa Talks about Portland, Sufjan and new movie Beyond This Place


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...   More
Friday, October 14, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Rebecca Gates on Music and Money

The former Spinanes frontwoman tells us what she's been up to as of late

Rebecca Gates

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...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Extended Q&A: Stephen Malkmus


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...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

The Weird World of Blowfly

The dirty old man in winter.

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   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Stephen Malkmus

The head Jick talks about moving to Berlin, the stock market and Nirvana.

Music Stories
Stephen Malkmus has done a lot of interviews in his 20-odd years fronting Pavement and the Jicks.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Club 21: My New Pep-Pep

Bar Reviews
Club 21 (2035 NE Glisan St., 235-5690) still looks like a little fish tank castle on the outside and feels like a ski lodge on the inside. But the former dive bar, which took only a slight hit in p   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Radiation City, "Park" (Live on Breakthrough Radio)

rad city in studio

Radiation City's recent record release party at Doug Fir was one of the better local rock shows I've seen in a long time. The quartet plays with plenty of loose passion while keeping both the delicate and complex aspects of its songwriting wholly intact. They seem to me to be a band destined for some very big things. I'm not always right about these things, but my track record isn't horrible, eith...   More
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Reel Music 26

Texans fiddle while Cab burns.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Cab Calloway: Sketches 60 Few musicians whom I grew up worshipping stand taller and prouder in my memory than Cab Calloway. With his big band swing-blues, his unconventional dance moves and his ree   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Kids in the Hall

Getting to know this year's Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductees

Music Stories
There is no Oregon Music Hall of Fame. No building with vaulted archways and gold records lining the halls. But for its board of directors and 87 past inductees—punk guitarists, jazz drummers and    More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

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