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Don't Mess With Texting: Portland Artists on SXSW


Blogging about festivals is like dancing about architecture—Jay Horton examines local artists' digitized memoirs of SXSW '08.

Anyone who's known a reasonably ambitious musician—anyone to spend time in the Northwest, then—has grown accustomed to South By Southwest...   More
 
Friday, March 21, 2008 by JAY HORTON

LEAK: Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Blood Orange Sun," Susquehanna (Space Age Bachelor Pad)


Some seventeen years ago, the first time I saw Cherry Poppin' Daddies (the first time I ever saw any band), it was an opening slot for Sweaty Nipples. Close-in southeast Portland was a bit different those days—sallow proto-hipsters withering on the vine, SHARP/skinhead dialect...   More
 
Friday, March 21, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Thebrotheregg, Friday, March 21



[PSYCH-POP] Since recording its first 7-inch in 1992, Thebrotheregg has maintained a release schedule as mercurial as its bristling, psychedelia-tinged popcraft. Now, the self-described “avant-rainpop” quartet has a new guitarist, Jairus Smith (replacing family-bound...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Thebrotheregg, Friday, March 21

Touching base with one of Portland’s most elusive, bizarre pop outfits.


Music Stories
[PSYCH-POP] Since recording its first 7-inch in 1992, Thebrotheregg has maintained a release schedule as mercurial as its bristling, psychedelia-tinged popcraft. Now, the self-described “avant-r ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 JAY HORTON

KMRIA at Biddy McGraw's, Sunday, March 16, 2008


"... the pub where I was born."

All-star cover bands that gig annually don't, believe it or not, practice much more often. And, after Sunday's marathon rehearsal, Pogues-channeling supergroup KMRIA decided to play an unannounced show the evening before its Crystal Ballroom spectacula...   More
 
Monday, March 17, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Black Elk, "My Lil", Self-titled (Crucial Blast)


Sorta like Refused (apocalyptic dynamics nudging approachable) and Jesus Lizard (frontman absent boundaries) and Slayer (pride in craft seething coiled aggression), but still not really like them at all—even the enlightened metal circuit can't easily explain Portland's Black Elk....   More
 
Friday, March 7, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Live Wire! Celebrates the Radio Stars


Neatly blending the variety show dynamics of classic radio—one bit comedy; one bit songs; an unhurried melange of articulate and clear-voiced showmanship—and the servicey cleverness that's sold a million NPR tote-bags, Live Wire! Radio celebrates its fourth anniversary March 15th wit...   More
 
Thursday, March 6, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Garage Frock: WW dissects DT5's haute couture and hot rock, respectively.


Portland's annual speedball of stylish rockers and edgy designers—formerly known as Doom Town—returned to PDX this past weekend. After four years at the Crystal Ballroom, the newly coined DT5 (the Crystal owns the Doom Town name—presumably, it's planning a similar event featuri...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 by JAY HORTON

LITTLE BEIRUT, High Dive (self-released)


[NOT QUITE POP] Little Beirut's debut, High Dive, isn't quite pop. It goes down easy enough—infectious melodies, casually perfected structures, instantly memorable turns of phrase—but pop demands singles. For all the quartet's invention, an endless parade of potential hits numbs. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Little Beirut, High Dive (self-released)


Music Stories
[NOT QUITE POP] Little Beirut’s debut, High Dive, isn’t quite pop. It goes down easy enough—infectious melodies, casually perfected structures, instantly memorable turns of phrase&md ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 JAY HORTON
 

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