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Norman, "No Clouds," Hay, Hay Make a Wish and Turn Away (Timber Carnival Records)


I assume that by now everyone has heard the new Blitzen Trapper album, Destroyer of the Void, right? While the band's past efforts ripped through genres like Jeremiah Masoli looking for a new laptop (sorry, it's just    More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

CD Reviews: Iretsu, Eric John Kaiser


Iretsu Fang
(Hidden Shoal Recordings)

[FORGOTTEN AVANT-POP] Local experimental-rock quartet Iretsu is hardly a new band. The group has roots that stretch all the way back to 2002, when singer Ryan Cross and Kate O’Brien Clarke (now a member of AgesandAges) began working on songs in an old house in Sellwood—before Modest Mouse or the Decemberists broke ou...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

CD Reviews: Iretsu, Eric John Kaiser


Music Stories
Iretsu Fang(Hidden Shoal Recordings) [FORGOTTEN AVANT-POP] Local experimental-rock quartet Iretsu is hardly a new band. The group has roots that stretch all the way back to 2002, when singer Ryan C ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Rock Out

2010’s top outdoor concerts.


Special Section Stories
It rains a lot in Portland. This spring was especially bad, with a late-May stretch that featured more hailstorms than sun showers. But I know the real reason we all live here: the summer months, when ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

94.7 KNRK Introduces "Northwest Bands Only" AM Station


Memo to local radio heads: It looks like big changes are coming up at 94.7 KNRK. The alternative rock station announced a few things this morning, most interestingly the start of a new AM radio station devoted to playing nothing but music from the Northwest. 94/7too NorthWest Bands Only—w...   More
 
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Sasquatch! 2010: Seeing My Favorite Band For the First Time


This weekend I spent three days in George, Washington for the Sasquatch! festival. Even though I've been back a few days, I'm still exhausted. I know this is a bit late, but finding the right words to say about Pavement—unquestionably my favorite band—was a little rough as I tri...   More
 
Friday, June 4, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The Thermals Will Change Your Life


Hutch, Kathy and Westin are back—and this time things are getting personal. As reported this morning on Pitchfork (and    More
 
Friday, June 4, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Help PDX Pop Now! Celebrate Its New Compilation (Plus Exclusive AgesAndAges Track!)


Tonight is the night! It's time to get out of the rain and celebrate the coming of PDX Pop Now! season and the unofficial beginning of summer. Even though the three-day, free, all-ages festival doesn't start for another eight weeks (sad face), you can get a sneak peak toni...   More
 
Thursday, June 3, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Ugly Casanova, "Lay Me Down," 180° South Soundtrack (Brushfire Records)


Oh, side project, how I love you. It's rare these days that we get a peek at a stripped-down version of Modest Mouse, which makes "Lay Me Down"—the first new Ugly Casanova song in years—such a revelation. Ugly Casanova, if you remember correctly, is the name of Modest Mouse ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 2, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

LEAK WEEK: Dangerous Boys Club, "Future Sex" (Unreleased Demo)


What does sex sound like in the future? According to the Dangerous Boys Club—a new quartet composed of members of Portland's always vibrant experimental underground—it sounds like a sci-fi movie shot in the early '80s. "Future Sex" gives off a serious Nexus-6 vibe, like if...   More
 
Friday, May 28, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
 

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