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Headout: Happy Birthday, Blaze!


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Dear Blaze, Happy birthday! Gosh, you have to be, what, 12 years old now? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun, running around the Moda Center, shooting Silly String at unsuspecting fans,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Action Bronson at Roseland Theater, 2/3

Queens rapper puffed a joint onstage, fought security, and got the show shut down early.

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Before last night’s Action Bronson show at the Roseland, I had never been to a concert in Portland that was shut down early. But on what started off as another sleepy Monday night, at a show that was moved up from Peter’s Room to the actual Roseland to accommodate a theater that was about half-full, all hell broke loose the seco...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Action Bronson, Party Supplies


Music Stories
[FANTASY RAP TOP CHEF] The first thing you notice about Arian Asllani, the Queens-bred rapper who goes by the name Action Bronson, is that his voice sounds almost exactly like Ghostface Killah’s.    More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Outer Limits

With his new project, Nicolas Jaar explores the Darkside of the Earth.


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When electronic wunderkind Nicolas Jaar was looking for a guitarist for his new project, he ended up going with an unusual choice: someone who didn’t really know how to play the instrument. ��   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)


Album Reviews
[ROUNDBALL ROCK] On a recent Grantland podcast, Stephen Malkmus let his guard down on the secrets behind the awesomely titled Wig Out at Jagbags, his new record with the Jicks. “There’s one song   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: King Krule, Willis Earl Beal


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[THUG LYFE] Archy Marshall is a lover, not a fighter. The music he creates under his nom de plume King Krule is wise beyond its years—gritty, stubborn, stark and impossibly tuneful. Watching the   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Party Rock

The Dismemberment Plan is back. Because why not?


Music Stories
It only takes a few minutes for Travis Morrison to start messing with me. “When you finish a record, there’s this period where some of the songs quickly join the party,” he says, describin   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, OverDoz, 100s


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[CHAIN HANG LOW] This has not been the greatest year for hip-hop. So many big-event albums have either failed to innovate (Drake’s #everythingwasthesame, er, Nothing Was the Same) or were elaborat   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Best Old Band


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Everybody knows the iconic walking bass line in Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Were Made for Walkin’.” But do you know who wrote the part? Though they played on hundreds of standards—from t   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Rolling Rock: Fast Five Reviewed

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It was not screened for critics by WW press deadlines, but who are we kidding: Fast Five is the movie you most want to know about this week. You should want to know about Unc...   More
 
Friday, April 29, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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