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Sleater-Kinney NPR Webcast Postponed Till Aug. 3

So, we here at Local Cut let you down. We failed to tell you about the planned webcast of Sleater-Kinney's Aug. 2 show at Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club on National Public Radio's website. We apologize. But wait. Last night's show, one of the rock trio's final gigs ever, was cancelled due to an electrical ...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Decemberists Announce Presale for Fall Tour

Proving that they are the nicest band in the world, the Decemberists announced that they will be doing a presale of tickets for their upcoming Rout of the Patagons Tour. The tour, which coincides with the release of the band's major label debut, The Crane Wife, kicks off in hometown Portland with two da...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

At Dusk, "In the Background" from You Can Know Danger

The beauty of a well-placed "whoo" is unmatched, whether it is at a basketball game, a live concert, a G8 Summit or on a meticulously crafted recording. At Dusk has it down on this track, placing the "whoo" on the second beat of the slow-it-down chorus, allowing the listener to pause and take a breathe after l...   More
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Stars of Track & Field Labelmates with Scott Stapp

According to the oxymoronic PR Newswire, Portland's own melodramatic digi-pop group Stars of Track and Field have been signed to Wind-Up Records (cue confetti). For anyone who hasn't run across the label's website while looking for shirtless photos of Scott Stapp, Wind-Up Records is the largest independently o...   More
Monday, July 31, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

PDX Pop: Now is Not a Good Time

Sometimes life gets in the way of life's most important moments. An enormous zit appears the day of the big dance. A parental notification law is passed the day before your abortion. An airplane flies into a skyscraper on your 21st birthday. Or, maybe, you experience a nervous breakdown the day one of the most...   More
Monday, July 31, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Guv Announces $1.1M in Non-Pop Culture Grants.

Yesterday Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced 54 statewide grants being awarded through the Oregon Cultural Trust. Huzzah! Yay for culture and all that. But where is the support for the tennis-shoe wearing music community. Of all the recipients, shown below, only the Friends of Chamber Music, Portland Youth Philharm...   More
Friday, July 28, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Richmond Fontaine, "The Gits" from Graciously: A Gulf Relief Compilation (Funzalo Records)

While down in Tucson recording its next album at Wavelab Studios, Richmond Fontaine was asked to contribute a track to a Hurricane Katrina relief compilation being put together by the studio called Graciously. You would expect the Americana band to throw down an afterthought b-side or a hokey theme-base...   More
Friday, July 28, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Watch Highlights of 2005's PDX Pop Now! Festival

Last night, the folks behind this weekend's PDX Pop Now! Festival screened PDX Popped! at Holocene. Twenty or so showed up for the reveal of the Skratch Films production, which documents nine performances from last year's pop fest. But we think more people need to see it, so we snagged almost all the fo...   More
Thursday, July 27, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Nick Jaina Signs with Bang Back Records

Nick Jaina, the singer-songwriter so good that yesterday I wrote a Cut of the Day begging someone to release his latest, The 7 Stations, is without a label no more. Jaina, who also fronts the Binary Dolls, sent this message:

Thanks for the kind words re: my album. It won't be unreleased ...   More
Thursday, July 27, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Q&A: Sam Adams

The city commissioner heats up the city's tepid support for local music.

[POLITICS] Last Wednesday City Commissioner Sam Adams helped introduce about 500 music fans and three local bands (Pseudosix, the Minders, Quasi) to City Hall during a late-afternoon concert in front of the municipal building. The concert, put on in conjunction with the PDX Pop Now! Festival, was promoted by Ad...   More
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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