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BodogSport: Revenge Of The Slants


Battles Of The Bands rarely resemble actual battles. They tend toward unadulterated popularity contests with size of entourage the greatest weapon and winners rarely in doubt. Of course, the Slants aren't your average band. Nine months after rocking Reed house parties, they've an international...   More
 
Monday, February 4, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Morgan Grace, "Come Around" (Unreleased)


After parting ways with former drummer (and Napalm Beach mainstay) Sam Henry, Morgan Grace has finally taken the first steps toward a lifelong fantasy—the hand-picked all-female super(girl)group. "Come Around" doesn't quite reach supergroup status—Grace plays all parts on the dem...   More
 
Friday, February 1, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Slabtown’s Choice: The owners of Portland’s unsuspecting garage-rock epicenter—and organizers of its annual music fest—play favorites, gingerly.


Slabtown's 2007 opening party, the Bender, was an impromptu affair—an opportunity for the new owners to show thanks, and to mark the storied venue's new, rawk-centric direction with a weekend-long, free music festival. It was never meant to attract bands from across the country. And, h...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Slabtown’s Choice

The owners of Portland’s unsuspecting garage-rock epicenter—and organizers of its annual music fest—play favorites, gingerly.


Music Stories
Slabtown’s 2007 opening party, the Bender, was an impromptu affair—an opportunity for the new owners to show thanks, and to mark the storied venue’s new, rawk-centric direction with ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 JAY HORTON

COUNTDOWN! LocalCut, Live-ish from the Portland Music Awards


UPDATE 1/31: You know how MTV presents their Video Music Awards a few days after the actual event? That's a really, really smart idea. We remain at the mercy of our editors, but very soon thrilling clips of the evening's hijinx shall be appearing on this site. It's PMA season, innit? All apologies fo...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Fresh. Local. Sustainable...KINK?


Wouldn't KBOO have been a better fit? Even KNRK? The northwest's signature burger chain (too spendy, perhaps, but eco-friendly and fond of the quirky seasonal offerings; its the Towne Lounge of fast food) hitched its wagon to KINK 101.9 for upcoming Plug In Portland—a Local music CD Sam...   More
 
Friday, January 25, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Lael Alderman, "So Nice To Know You," Of Birds, Devils and the Heart (Self-released)


Ah, the benefits of the basement studio. Lael Alderman has promised to release one new song each week on his MySpace page, but few could compare to this bliss-drenched ballad. Setting his ever-restless muse to indie folk, he offers the lovely, affecting melody with minimal production—...   More
 
Friday, January 25, 2008 by JAY HORTON

THE HELIO SEQUENCE, Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Sub Pop)


[SYNTH-FOLK] Despite their wildly disparate fanbases, synth-pop and folk actually have much in common—fey vocals, self-satisfied cleverness, evidence of a short lifetime spent in one’s bedroom. Still, you don’t see too many artists successfully shift between the two genres. Helio ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 by JAY HORTON

The Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes Ahead (Sub Pop)


Music Stories
[SYNTH-FOLK] Despite their wildly disparate fanbases, synth-pop and folk actually have much in common—fey vocals, self-satisfied cleverness, evidence of a short lifetime spent in one’s bed ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 JAY HORTON

Starantula, "Slammer Slammer Taylor," Self-titled (Blue Oyster )


This track from Starantula's eponymous 2007 Smegma Studios-recorded debut doesn't quite capture the troupe's explosive live appeal, but the growling riffage and keening synth lines (from Fireballs Of Freedom and Divining Rod members' Kelly Gately and David 'Roach' Simmons) fueling vocalist Seantos' inimitable cock-r...   More
 
Friday, January 18, 2008 by JAY HORTON
 

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