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While We Were Gone

IQU returns to the stage after three years with aerial stunts, hijackings and a new CD in tow.

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Portland last heard from IQU in 2001 when the band toured with dance-pop/performance art group Chicks on Speed. The band had just released its remix EP Teenage Dream and seemed on the cusp of an excit ...   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Godfre Leung

Yes, Darling, But Is It Live Music?

Composers at the All-Area Laptop Battle will kick asses and answer questions.

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Music fans and technology have a tumultuous relationship. Purists called Bob Dylan a Judas when he started to play electric guitar. Any rock band with a synthesizer in the '70s was, at the very least, ...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2003 Godfre Leung

Satisfaction Doubled

Though they've matured in the past year, Jackie and Cocaine Unicorn still share beers, compliments and a retro-rock origin.

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About a year ago, Jackie, armed with singer Travis Bonilla's spot-on Mick Jagger antics, successfully re-created the vintage Stones sound while their garage-rock soulmates Cocaine Unicorn countered wi ...   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2003 Godfre Leung

More than a DJ

Kid Koala brings a little humanity to DJing, and makes some friends in the process.

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Where so many DJ's are out looking for the most unorthodox records to scratch with, Eric San (a.k.a. Kid Koala) is content to let his hands do the talking.As much a storyteller as a musician, San ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 Godfre Leung

Chopping in Time

Mirah and Ginger Brooks Takahashi pull music from the palette of life in Songs from the Black Mountain Music Project.

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Composer John Cage was, arguably, the most important figure at legendary experimental art school Black Mountain College. And his most infamous performance piece was 4'33"--four minutes and thirty- ...   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2003 Godfre Leung

"How We Were Before"

Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent bring the Zombies to life.

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For a while in the late '60s, there were "Zombies" everywhere. It had become quite lucrative for bands to masquerade as the Zombies in the wake of the British-invasion-era band's posthumous hit "T ...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 Godfre Leung

An Explanation of the Sick Lipstick

The new Toronto band is no neo-No Wave knockoff.

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The Sick Lipstick's first album, Sting Sting Sting, has drawn comparisons to many bands: early B-52s, the Screamers, Huggy Bear, DNA, the Go-Gos with Darby Crash singing (?!!?), Bis, Le Tigre, the ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2003 Godfre Leung

A Crush on a 15-Year-Old

We've got one, and here are five reasons why.

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It may not be decent, but we're in love with Lookout! Records. The Berkeley label best known for introducing the world to Green Day and nursing Rancid's baby steps turns a ripe 15 years old this w ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 Godfre Leung

TWO YOUNG BADGERS... Deeply in Love

The Badger King's boyfriend-girlfriend team find romance makes the indie-pop sweeter.

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If love is a battlefield, rock bands are the soldiers. And when soldiers in the same platoon start fighting one another, that's when it really starts getting interesting. Take Quasi, for example: ...   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2002 Godfre Leung
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