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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

Starantula at Audiocinema, Jan. 9, 2007


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at Starantula.

Outsized personalities thrusting an enlightened Monsters Of Rock onslaught lend themselves to caricature, and it's too much fun to imagine Starantula as, say, glam commandos—keyboardist Roach the weapons specialist; guitarist Ga...   More
 
Thursday, January 17, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Jenny Conlee, Thursday, Jan. 1


[ORGAN JAMZ] When the McMenamin brothers purchased funeral home Little Chapel of the Chimes (open-bar burial services still pending) three years ago, they transformed the North Killingsworth Street landmark into a recognizable brewpub franchise while maintaining the most beloved elements of the ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 by JAY HORTON

Napalm Beach at Dante's, Jan. 11, 2008


[PRE-GRUNGE] Different sorts of folks attend reunion shows. Those who delight in Schadenfreude eagerly await chances to compare hair and waistlines from the Class of 1980; some wish to rekindle past memories; latecomers attend curious as to what the original fuss was about. But one doesn&rsq...   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 by JAY HORTON
 

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