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Second Wind

The Joggers keep us all guessing with their sophomore release.

Riff City
No other Portland band has transformed as dramatically in the past year as the Joggers have. In 2003, the Portland quartet released the surprisingly brilliant debut Solid Guild, a pop fan's delight, g ...   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Love And Distance

Miles of mainland can't stop the Standard.

Riff City
It's a bit of a chore to keep track of the guys in the Standard. Even Tim Putnam, the band's verklempt vocalist, doesn't know where all the band members are living right now."Jay Clarke and Rob Oberdo ...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Waiting In The Wings

Young Americans, are you sick of your close-up yet?

Riff City
Sauntering about the patio outside of ripe's Family Supper space at the Gotham Bldg. Tavern Saturday night, Matt Wiggins looks calm, collected and freshly shaven, his sport coat unwrinkled, his cheeks ...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Artist Breaks For Pleasure

Boy Eats Drum Machine teams up with some of Portland's best drummers, and they didn't even know it.

Riff City
The one-man band was once the occupation of the odd and eccentric. A brother to the 13th-century village idiot, this musician literally bore the burden of a full band on his back, lugging a woodwind s ...   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

I, Buchanan

The industry folk who ate Seattle are coming for your babies.

Riff City
I am the Pat Buchanan of the Portland music scene. Or so I have recently been called on the local PDX-Pop music listserv. But, I'm OK with that. In the unfettered and faceless world of electronic comm ...   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Restaurant Guide 2005

Food Reviews & Stories
The past few years have introduced the era of the locally obsessed gourmand. At the farmers markets and even at the supermarkets, Oregonians are buying with regional pride to support the local economy and save the earth and other stuff like that. The Farm Cafe is the embodiment of this idea, using i   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Clearing The Wroom

The story of an electro-acoustic duo, their furnace and so-called music.

Riff City
Is this music? Is this static? If I'm asking these questions, doesn't that automatically disqualify it from being music? These are the questions I bombarded myself with while listening to What We Mean ...   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Spitting Blood

Joe Haege's 31 Knots soundtracks this horrible, confusing world.

Music Stories
"Just in case we were mistaken, this is dedicated to the messengers of the left coast; to the Bush league soothsayers of the right side. I don't want to imply that there is a wrong side, but lest we f ...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Portland Band Obituaries

These are bands that died, died. All these bands, they died.

Riff City
The Carolines(January 2001October 2005)The end of the Carolines came as a shock to the Portland pop band's devout fanbase. One MySpace acquaintance named FancyPants begged the band: "DONT BREAK UP. I ...   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN


Wobbling down the whiskey river with Little Sue and Lynn Conover.

Riff City
"I remember the first time I got sick as a dog drinking whiskey," says Little Sue, as her beverage beads with condensation on a recent Monday night at the White Eagle. "In the ninth grade, I was on th ...   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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