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Primer: Calobo


Music Stories
Formed: 1988 on Washington’s Orcas Island.  Sounds like: Indigo Girls meet Blues Traveler, then go on to form Fleetwood Mac. For fans of: The ’90s; the Beavers; a wildly talented troupe o   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 JAY HORTON

Headout: An Adult Guide to Justin Bieber


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Q: What is a “Bieber”?A: The latest iteration of a peculiar American rite of generational passage that serves up one relatively palatable teen idol to grab the hearts of our adolescents withou   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 JAY HORTON

The Foghorn Stringband: Thursday, Sept. 27

The old times, they are a-changin’.


Music Stories
[OLD-TIME PARTY MUSIC] It’s been well over a decade since mandolinist Caleb Klauder and fiddle player Sammy Lind first met with friends at the Northeast Portland pub the Moon and Sixpence to k   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 JAY HORTON

Portland Rock Trivia

Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene.


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1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 NATHAN CARSON, CASEY JARMAN, RUTH BROWN, MATTHEW SINGER, JAY HORTON, MARTY SMITH

Live Review: Jack White at the Rose Garden, Wednesday, Aug. 15

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According to the Great Man theory of music criticism, artists occasionally emerge who are simply unlike everyone else. They don't always make sense, even at the height of their triumphs, and, despite setting the world aflame, they've no real contemporaries and leave no path to follow. Blessed with a storm-front live presence, tireless ambition, dizzying eccentricities, and an all encompassi...   More
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012 by JAY HORTON

Primer: The Fixx


Music Stories
Formed: London, 1979. Sounds like: For those age 45 and above: that delirious moment of pop history when unprecedented racial, sexual and intellectual freedoms glimpsed a better world through spi   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 JAY HORTON

Rave On

Portland’s Monarques (finally) spread their wings.


Music Stories
Even for a town rife with butterfly collectors eager to net especially rarefied species, Monarques’ fitful approach toward maintaining band loyalty would ordinarily test the patience of even the   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 JAY HORTON

Live Review: Bassnectar @ Roseland Theater, Friday, May 11

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Turns out that this week is extremely late concert review week. My bad. It was worth the wait, though. -Ed.
Impassioned critiques of dubstep invariably come across as either crotchety or insufferable, I know, but a ring of truth resonates around complaints that electronic music dissolves the recognizably organic from its most popular creations. There's something unsettling about a subbi...   More
 
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by JAY HORTON

Album Review: Leigh Marble

Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows (Laughing Stock)


Album Reviews
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] It has been more than four years since Leigh Marble recorded critically acclaimed sophomore album Red Tornado, and during the elongated gestation of latest offering Where the Knive   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 JAY HORTON

Primer: KMRIA


Music Stories
Formed: Around Christmas Eve 2005, when Portland musicians Ezra Holbrook and Jenny Conlee-Drizos first shared an admiration for the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.” KMRIA (Kiss My Royal Ir   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 JAY HORTON
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