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Flight Of The Dodos

The Dodos return to Portland and find their mojo.


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Most of the time, as the story goes, a band cleans up its sound to lead to a bigger audience. But when San Francisco frantic-folk duo the Dodos were recruited by noted Northwest indie-rock producer   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: And And And

Life Ruiner (Apes Tapes)


Album Reviews
[LO-FI BREAKTHROUGH] On my last count, local frenetic-pop sextet And And And released 45 songs in the past year. I’m probably a little off—does a mixtape count as one track?—but the sheer amou   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Grouper Gets Spacey on New Double Album

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When Liz Harris gets going, she just can't stop. Recording under the moniker Grouper, Harris has crafted some of the most beautiful late-night music to come out of the Pacific Northwest in a long time, with treated guitar, swirling feedback, and her ghostly voice dominating my post-midnight soundtrack for most of 2008 with the elemental Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill. Now Grouper is back with a ne...   More
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Cosmic Warriors

Akron/Family enters the void.


Music Stories
When it was time for Akron/Family to send out copies of its new album, the experimental-folk rock band abandoned the usual channels of distribution—giving promo copies to the press, streaming the    More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Wye Oak Tuesday, March 29

Jenn Wasner writes 21st-century folk music for the brokenhearted.


Music Stories
[SELF-HELP INDIE ROCK] It’s often said that the best music comes in the wake of personal tragedy. The history of gut-wrenching breakup albums—from Bob Dylan’s    More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Scoreboard Sports Bar: The Sporting Life


Bar Reviews
When new owners remade Scoreboard Sports Bar (4822 SE Division St., 233-2971) a few years ago, they left a couple of relics from the past: a series of old-school NBA pennants so dated that the purple one says “New Orleans” over the Jazz logo and the Sonics   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

DFA Premieres New YACHT song "Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)"

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Now this is an interesting way to combat a leak. Today the DFA records blog posted the second of its "White Out Sessions," where James Murphy's impeccable dance-rock label plays a new song from one of its artists on a turntable in the label's office. After hearing "Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)," an unheard YACHT track, I'm p...   More
 
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Five Questions with Destroyer's Dan Bejar

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Dan Bejar is an incredible songwriter. Though he's quick to say that he's bored with instruments or that he recorded most of the vocals for his new album while he was fixing a sandwich, there's no denying that Bejar's sharp, twisting songs require a lot of effort. On email, however, Bejar is quick and to the poi...   More
 
Friday, March 18, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Rhythm And Booze

Drinking with Destroyer’s Dan Bejar.


Music Stories
More than any other current songwriter, Dan Bejar’s lyrics beg for a good unpacking. For 15 years, Bejar has written twisting, expansive and eccentric songs for his own Destroyer project as well a   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Video: Menomena, "Taos"

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It's here, folks: Menomena's new Alicia J. Rose-directed clip for Mines standout "Taos" takes the reconfigured band—can we call it Menomena 2.0 yet?—on a journey to a wrestling ring, where a smattering of costume-clad women live out all their fantasies for multi-instrumentalist Justin Harris. Basically, Harris gets humiliated, but there's a twist that's too good to spoil here. Rose has directe...   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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