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WORK IN PROGRESS

Eyedea & Abilities might flip-flop, but that doesn't mean the underground hip-hop duo isn't focused.


Music Stories
"I'm your worst nightmare/ You're like a wack MC's dream date/ A walking target plus an awful artist/ What you talk is often fuckin' garbage."--Eyedea & Abilities, "Kept," from E&AFor a guy who attack ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Dandy Massacre

Ondi Timoner's award-winning documentary follows the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre into fame and oblivion, respectively.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Ondi Timoner pitched a documentary to MTV that would record the trials and tribulations of 10 up-and-coming bands, the music channel execs did what any self-respecting media players in the age of ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Radio Dazed

Portland State's KPSU might lose its AM frequency. Or not.


News Stories
The future of KPSU, a rare outpost of eclecticism on Portland's radio dial, is in doubt this week, as the Portland State University station and Portland Public Schools can't seem to tune in to the sam ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

A Year in the Death of Elliott Smith

Unpacking the life of indie rock's poet laureate.


Music Stories
Oct. 23, 2003, The New York Times:"Mr. Smith often insisted he was not a confessional songwriter, but he had struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism and had spent a short time in a psychiatric ho ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sound Tracker

John Askew turns Craig Thompson's illustrated novel into beautiful music.


Music Stories
While local label entrepreneur and Tracker leadman John Askew was busy running his FILMGuerrero label in Portland in February 2003, his group's music pulsed through the speakers of Brett Warnock's Sub ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 29, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

500 words with ... MIKE WATT

The weird, rock opera-esque life of a DIY pioneer.


Music Stories
In order to completely understand an interview with former Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, a brief vocabulary lesson is in order. First, when the 46-year-old talks about "jammin' econo," he's talking abo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

ROCKING THE VOTERS

Is anybody listening to rock-star politics?


Music Stories
That the rant comes from Alice Cooper is what makes it so interesting. The venerable rocker claims that bands playing political shows--like the musicians on the national "Rock Against Bush" tour, whic ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 15, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

I HEART MUSICFESTNW

Sure, MusicfestNW is fun for the fans, but what about the bands? To find out, we asked a few of this weekend's performers to answer WW's unofficial festival questionnaire.


Music Stories
THE BLACK PEPPERCORNS (ANSWERS PROVIDED BY IO FORTIER-KUTTNER AND ZAYNA LANGER)What are the top three bands or artists you must see at the festival?The Kingdom, The Gossip, The Jolenes.What's the best ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Packin' Em In

This year's MusicfestNW is so loaded with great music that your head might explode. Seriously.


Music Stories
Decisions, decisions. Music fans like you will be facing tough choices this weekend, when the noise of 250 acts will spill out of 20 clubs and into Portland streets, thanks to the most impressive Musi ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN

500 Words with ... Tommy Stinson

How telemarketing saved the former Replacement's career.


Music Stories
When Bob Stinson coerced his little brother Tommy to join his punk band, the Replacements, in 1979, the younger Stinson was reluctant. The bass strings hurt his fingers and he had trouble handling the ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 MARK BAUMGARTEN
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