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No, You do it!`

Hush Records used technology and a little elbow grease to give a local community a voice.


Music Stories
I love Chad Crouch.I hate Chad Crouch.I love him because he runs Hush Records, the Portland record label that has been home to some of this town's finest singer-songwriters, from Colin Meloy to Corrin ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Killing It Softly

The Shins bring out the dead at the Crystal Ballroom last Thursday.


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Looking at a packed house at the Crystal Ballroom, the Shins' Marty Crandall made a sort of promise. "Hopefully we'll start recording a new album after we finish this tour," said the buoyant keyboardi ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Great Why? Hope

Yoni Wolf owes his sound to hip-hop. So, why is he changing it?


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"Why? Exactly, man."Twenty-five-year-old Yoni Wolf, who moonlights as indie-hop trickster Why?, is answering a question about the reason for his recent shift to a more poppy sound. With his answer, he ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Greil Marcus SOUNDS OFF

The pop-culture patriarch talks about music snobs, ringtones and why bomb threats were important to the making of Bob Dylan.


Music Stories
The publication of Greil Marcus' Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads is a landmark for the heady music critic. The book marks the 40th anniversary of "Like a Rolling Stone," a 6-minute, ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
Java Man masquerades as a plain ol' coffee shop, even down to its clever name. But look past the green Formica countertop, full menu of coffee drinks and photos of New York for sale on the wall and you'll discover that this is the downtown quickstop for Russian food. Piroshki ($1.85) stuffed with co   More
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Cheap Eats 2005


Food Reviews & Stories
This Mexican restaurant does the normal fare just fine. Burritos ($4.50-$6.50) and tacos ($5.50-$6.50) are stuffed with high-quality meats, and the ingredients are fresh enough to suggest there's a garden back there somewhere, but they lack adventure. To see what the folks at Pico can do, tread less   More
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

"But I'm Writing a Story on the Band

Rocking, rolling and cajoling at the music industry's most sordid trade show, er, music festival.


Music Stories
Thursday, 11:15 amRobert Plant interview at the Austin Convention Center.Robert Plant's telling a story about the first time Led Zeppelin met Elvis. The 1,500 or so folks packed into the conference ro ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

A Cynic's Dream

The Decemberists find a new way to deliver bitter pills.


Music Stories
As my uncle once told me, the only surefire way to lose a cynic's trust is to tell him to trust you. Although he said this as he was explaining how to sell raffle tickets at my church's fall festival, ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Coronation of the New Kings

The Kings of Leon hit the musical map as a Southern rock band. Now they're redrawing garage rock.


Music Stories
About 30 seconds into the first track on the Kings of Leon's Aha Shake Heartbreak , something strange happens. The trance-inducing, two-note guitar tremolo that guides the intro muscles its way into t ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Positive Exposure

The Wanteds' Tommy Harrington marches to the beat of vulnerability.


Music Stories
DOUG FIR LOUNGE, JAN. 15-I'm dressed in black with one white ribbon tied around my arm and another one around my head. There are 14 others dressed in the same outfit, and we're all singing, incongruou ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2005 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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