Metal, "Cloud Formations," Live on KPSU

Shall this be an exercise in dissecting this wordless rumination or schooling up on the many different cloud types? How about we marry both?

You know that saying, either "the calm before the storm" or "the quiet before the storm?" I think that definitely suits the slow and subt...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Tube's Bang A Rang: Not Actually Moving to Wednesdays

Tonight is the last night of bang A Rang...on Wednesdays. Tube's Wednesday dance institution, Bang A Rang, is moving on over. [Actually just the DJs are - see comments] While Bang A Rang will still call Tube it's home after this week, it's vacating the second Wednesday sl...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Hang the DJ: DJ Blackhawk

DJ Blackhawk keeps us rocking in the free world (or at least in Portland) by way of Tube and the East End by spinning music that's heavy on guitars. Blackhawk has been in the DJ game for over ten years and here he fills us in on the only CD to his name and a playlist fit for all who want to roc...   More
Friday, May 9, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Fleshtone, "Silver Flash," 2008 Tour Demo CD

Did you catch Fleshtone supporting Yo Majesty on Monday at Rotture? Well, whether you did or you didn't, take a listen to "Silver Flash," one of the group's newest tracks and transport yourself back in time and into that audience. However, if I could transport myself into the crowd of an...   More
Thursday, May 8, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Video: Mattress, "Eldorado"

For a song that either swipes its title from a centuries old myth concerning a gold city or an Alaskan gold mine, I definitely expected some odes to gold in Mattress' video for "Eldorado." That expectation has held true, but director Grace Carter didn't go the obvious conceptual choice of...   More
Thursday, May 8, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

7. (tie) Fist Fite

25 points

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WHO: Jonnie Monroe, Christian Carmine, Justin Wheeler.WHAT: Hyperactive spazz-core.SOUNDS LIKE: A perpetually party-crashing, female-fronted, high-on-ephedrine Devo playing spazzed-out games of Teleph ...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Hang the DJ: DJ Moisti

This week, sassy DJ Moisti has submitted herself to a battery of DJ questions. By the looks of her answers, the lady that responds to Misti Icenbice by day is in your face...and admittedly so. The Matador's Girl Saturday also has the distinction of fielding possibly the wors...   More
Friday, May 2, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

LEAK: The Gentry, "Pulling an Elvis," Sex By the Unit (Self-released)

The Gentry's electronic pop-with-an-edge could eventually put the band in limbo between the Top 40 charts and progressive hard-rock stations—not exactly the sound that normally beckons my ears for a listen. Still, I was drawn to the quintet for two reasons: its home...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Photo Review: BARR at Backspace, April 25, 2008

On Friday night, Brendan Fowler—the Los Angeles lad that takes stages as BARR—performed his insightful-spoken-word-over-iPod-music at Backspace. Fowler smiled through out, whether he was immersed in a long verse or just playing with the lighting that flashed on and off in step with ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Fleshtone, Monday, May 5

[ELECTRO-POP] With its elaborate makeup and custom-made sexed-up costumes, Fleshtone has always put its own twist on the rock opera. Past shows have included softcore porn-ish hot-dog outfits, jungle gyms and grown men in diapers—all of which has made the troupe one of Portland’s more controversial, not ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL
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