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Crack Up

Crackerbash, one of Portland's greatest bands ever, breaks up. Again.

Riff City
When Crackerbash reunited for MusicfestNW last fall, the result was as gloriously explosive as anything the Portland band wrought back in its early-'90s heyday. We wanted more—and we got it. On ...   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Sam Dodge Soule

Three Beautiful Kids, R.I.P.

A writer remembers the Exploding Hearts.

Music Stories
News of the tragedy that befell the Exploding Hearts in the early hours of Sunday, July 20, left me shattered, like so many others in Portland's music scene. And I really only knew those boys on a ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2003 Sam Dodge Soule

Keeping It Pure and Simple

The old-fashioned country of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck refreshes.

Music Stories
Keeping It Pure and Simple The old-fashioned country of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck refreshes.Like a deer bounding from a lonely stand of pine, the spare string arrangements and three-part harmonie ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 Sam Dodge Soule

Heroes for Zeroes

The Exploding Hearts blow up with yellow and pink bubblegum pop.

Music Stories
Ask the Exploding Hearts how they met, and they'll tell you about a certain Beaverton alternative high school. A place, in their words, for "retards, pregnant chicks and fuck-ups." It was an educa ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Sam Dodge Soule


An all-star jam reveals the Northwest as garage rock's ancestral homeland.

Music Stories
What was mold is new again. Suddenly, mid-'60s rock and roll, played by teenagers desperate to cop a Jagger sneer and a Kinks riff, has commercial relevance.With the current success of the White Str ...   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 Sam Dodge Soule

Stand and Deliver

The Now Time Delegation, an underground soul supergroup based in Texas, plays its first live show--ever--in Portland.

Music Stories
Watch for Today, the debut disc from a band called the Now Time Delegation, was released earlier this year on the California label In the Red Records. Despite its recent born-on date, however, the ...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2001 Sam Dodge Soule

Rock 'n' Rasslin'

On America's birthday, Portland Organic Wrestling turns Satyricon into a grappler's paradise.

Music Stories
The premise behind Portland Organic Wrestling is as basic as it is death-defying: Stage a monthly event modeled after pro wrestling in the bowels of one the West Coast's premier underground rock c ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2001 Sam Dodge Soule
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