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Visions Of York

The Blue Monk may be jazz history, but Dusty York's making his own.

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"My dad used to sit by the phone and gig five nights a week," says 29-year-old Portland tenor saxophonist Dusty York of his father, Michael. But it's hard to get a paying gig these days. And with the ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Jason Simms

Benefit for ? of the Mysterians, Saturday, May 12

Nuggets tribute benefits the mysterious, homeless and oblivious.

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[GARAGE-ROCK TRIBUTE] When I reached Question Mark—frontman for garage-rock legends ? and the Mysterians—via telephone at his Chicago hotel room, he had no idea there was to be a benefit f ...   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 Jason Simms

Poison Idea Returns to the Stage with...Dead Moon!?

A week from Friday, Poison Idea will play their first show since much beloved guitarist Pig Champion passed away in January 2006. The local legends have played without Pig on and off for the last 10 years, and it seems they've waited a...   More
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 by Jason Simms

The Ones, The Ones (Wax Vaccine)

The Ones elicit love, hate and something in between.

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[ROCK 'N' ROLL] I've heard the Ones described as both the best band in town and the worst. Which leads me to wonder: What could be so heinously awful or unbelievably awesome about a band whose music l ...   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 Jason Simms

Get Used To It

This year's best new bands take Portland one step closer to utopia.

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"I think there was a time when it was necessary for people to point out that it was going to be a queer show or a queer band," says New Bloods bassist Cassia Gammill. "Now it's a band, and queerness i ...   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 Jason Simms

FAILING RECORDS: A Compilation of Portland Music Volume 4 (Failing Records)

Failing's fourth comp earns your trust and then tests your limits.

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[MIXED BAG] If you're one of the 4,000 or so people who are expected (based on past sales) to pick up a copy of Failing Records: A Compilation of Portland Music Volume 4, you'll be getting two very di ...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Jason Simms

Rabbits, April 8 at Tube

Christ returns to Tube to wreak vengeance with vorpal Rabbits.

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[DOOM SLOP] Tube celebrates Christian holidays with metal. This past Christmas, for example, fashionable metalheads with mustaches unwrapped legendary low-tone project Thrones. But grateful for such a ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Jason Simms

Clorox Girls, J'aime Les Filles (BYO Records)

Clorox Girls' latest release uses covers to get you under theirs.

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[PUNK POP] Clorox Girls has always been a sexually deceptive band. During the trio's first trip to Mexico City, frontman Justin Maurer attracted catcalls from many in the crowd who assumed from the ba ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2007 Jason Simms

Lyrics by Local Band Chanted During Soldier Effigy Burning

By now you've probably gotten wind of what, in the ten days since the anti-war protest, has generated national attention. If you're just tuning in, a group of about 30 masked demonstrators burned the effigy of a soldier at the massive protest downtown. What you probably haven't heard is that a lyric from loca...   More
Thursday, March 29, 2007 by Jason Simms

Hey Lover, Hey Lover (Hovercraft Productions)

Hey Lover's all fun and games until somebody plays Kill the Arab.

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[EXUBERENCE] The most fun drummer in Portland is Hey Lover's Terah Beth Baltzer. Live, she bounces with such enthusiasm that her straight blond hair falls all over her face, forcing her to shake it ba ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Jason Simms
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