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Video: The Decemberists Get "Down" on Conan


I'm an awful Conan O'Brien fan. I'll admit that I'm not the most devout member of "Team Coco," but my excitement for The Big Red Head's new TBS talk show has waned to the point that I would have completely forgotten he was on if it wasn't for Colin Meloy. Last night the Decemberists debu...   More
 
Friday, November 19, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Yeah Great Fine Wednesday, Nov. 17


Former members of the Grown Children make math rock for dancers.

[INTELLIGENT PARTY MUSIC] When Yeah Great Fine embarked on its first Northwestern tour, the band worried it would be hard for people outside Portland to understand its blend of up-tempo, fun dance music and odd, jazzy time signatures. It only took one special night in La Grande to change opinions. “When we got th...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Blonde Redhead


Formed: In New York City in 1993. Sounds like: Two decades of 4AD records soundtracking an arty French film in which a young couple sits at a coffee table dreaming about horses. For fans of: Early Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Asobi Seksu. Latest release: 2010’s electronic-infused lullaby Penny Sparkle. Why you care: Few bands exud...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Yeah Great Fine Wednesday, Nov. 17

Former members of the Grown Children make math rock for dancers.


Music Stories
[INTELLIGENT PARTY MUSIC] When Yeah Great Fine embarked on its first Northwestern tour, the band worried it would be hard for people outside Portland to understand its blend of up-tempo, fun dance mus ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Blonde Redhead


Music Stories
Formed: In New York City in 1993. Sounds like: Two decades of 4AD records soundtracking an arty French film in which a young couple sits at a coffee table dreaming about horses. For fans of: Early Son ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Wild Flag, Kicking Ass (with Photo and Video Proof!)


I can't believe I missed the Wild Flag show. No, really: After watching video of the new Portland supergroup play a song called "Future Crimes" five times in a row—and standing up and jeopardizing the whole knee rehab-thing by playing some windmill air guitar in my cubicle&#821...   More
 
Monday, November 15, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Martha Reeves


Born: July 18, 1941Sounds like: The perfect R&B star.For fans of: The Ronettes, the Crystals, and all the recent nu-soul stuff like Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones.Latest release: Home to You (2004), featuring songs written for Billie Holiday and an updated version of her hit “Jimmy Mack.”Why you care: Though often lost in the Motown retros...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Martha Reeves


Music Stories
Born: July 18, 1941Sounds like: The perfect R&B star.For fans of: The Ronettes, the Crystals, and all the recent nu-soul stuff like Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones.Latest release: Home to You (2004), ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Almost Live: Raptors at Blazers


Who's ready for an exciting Saturday night game against the Toronto Raptors! The Rose Garden's already shady wireless is down before the game starts, so I guess I have to keep this brief. The Raptors—and their beastly rebounding machine Reggie Evans—come in at 1-4. The Blazers sh...   More
 
Saturday, November 6, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Brainstorm Shows Off Its Basement


 
There are a lot of duos in rock music, but there aren’t a lot of duos that play tuba and sing through a computer headset. If you still haven’t seen the two man live beast that is Brainstorm, then the latest Into the Woods clip—which features Adam Baz and Patrick Phillips p...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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