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Musicfest Kicks Off in Fine Form

So, last night, as the first night of MusicfestNW got underway with Adam Shearer of John Weinland stepping to the mic at Town Lounge and timidly announcing "Well, this is probably the first song of Musicfest," a full moon was beginning to cut its arc across the night sky. This might explain some of the intense...   More
Friday, September 8, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Ghosts of Musicfest's Past Give You the "What For?"

Before we head into this year's MusicfestNW, I thought it would be nice to look back on the fests of yesteryear. Since I started as music editor at Willamette Week three years ago, we have been publishing the Musicfest Diaries in the issue following the fest with my valiant writers weighing in on the fest's be...   More
Thursday, September 7, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Previews of Tonight's MFNW Performers

Because we here at Local Cut are so damned nice and really have nothing else to do but troll about the internet looking for good deals on car insurance and music videos on YouTube, we decided that we would provide you with some sounds and visions of the bands playing tonight at MusicfestNW.

Act...   More
Thursday, September 7, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

MusicfestNW Starts Now!

Yes, it's that time of year again folks, where music fills every corner of this beautiful city and drunken music fans fill the streets and my voicemail inbox fills with messages that will not be answered until Monday. That's right, it's MusicfestNW and it starts tonight. Rejoice!

Thursday's are ...   More
Thursday, September 7, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Punk Group to Open for Devo in Seattle

Sometimes, when the world makes absolutely no sense, something happens and it makes sense again. With that sentiment in mind I offer you this news: Portland's own sunglassed masters of unpleasantly honest 1 minute pop songs, the Punk Group, will be opening for Devo at Seattle's Paramount Theatre Saturday, Sept...   More
Saturday, September 2, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Watch M. Ward Perform on Letterman

Those of you who missed M. Ward's performance on the Late Show with David Letterman last Thursday night are in luck. Thank YouTube, here it is for your enjoyment. Ward is looking wonderfully spooky while he plays "Chinese Translation" with the help of those crazy kids in Norfolk & Western and our very own Mik...   More
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Opportunity (Finally) Knocks

Menomena returns after a year with a new label, an album's worth of new material and some valid excuses.

Riff City
One afternoon late last month, Danny Seim, of local experimental pop group Menomena, waited eagerly in Northwest Portland's production shop SuperDigital. The minutes ticked away as engineer Jeff Saltz ...   More
Wednesday, August 23, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Laura Gibson Signs with Hush, Preps New Record

This should be a story about a great event in local folk chanteuse Laura Gibson's musical career, but it's not. It's really a story about how lucky Hush Records is. The Portland label—which counts Norfolk & Western, Super XX Man and Kind of Like Spitting amongst its current roster, and boasts alum like t...   More
Tuesday, August 15, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

New M. Ward Video For Your Eternal Enjoyment

Yes, yes. M.Ward is no longer a Portlander and we should not be using this space on the recently transplanted New Hampshirian (Hampshirite?). But M. Ward's spirit is still here, and, if that isn't enough for you, then at least one of the two gents who created this video for the song "Chinese Translation" from ...   More
Monday, August 14, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sleater-Kinney Final Concert Setlist

Saturday night at the Crystal Ballroom, Sleater-Kinney said goodbye to a sold-out crowd filled with fans from far and wide. The trio of Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss treated everyone at the epochal event to a two-plus hour, 24-song set filled with moments from throughout its 11 year, seven al...   More
Monday, August 14, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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