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Charli XCX: Tuesday, Oct. 29

A 21-year-old Brit is stretching the boundaries of radio pop. It’s time you learned her name.

Music Stories
Charlotte Aitchison, the pop singer who performs as Charli XCX, has a runaway hit on her hands, though you wouldn’t know it. Well, you’d know Icona Pop’s “I Love It” if you heard it on t   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #17: Martin Rev


No matter how many albums Martin Rev has released since he started playing music in the late '70s, he will always be remembered as the sunglass-clad noisemaker from the band Suicide. The duo's bleak and uncompromising sound, fed by the tinny pulse of an early drum machine, an overm...   More
Friday, October 18, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Mic Check: Martin Rev

On the legacy of Suicide

Music Stories
Although he has maintained a healthy solo career, Martin Rev will forever be known for his work in Suicide, the post-punk, proto-industrial duo he started in New York with vocalist Alan Vega. In    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Here's the Lineup for the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival


 Just prior to a particularly hot set by trumpeter Dave Douglas and his quintet, Portland Jazz Festival Executive Director Don Lucoff took to the stage at Jimmy Maks this past Friday to announce some of the lineup for the 2014 edition of the Portland Jazz FestivalTaking place from February 20th to Ma...   More
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

The Punk Singer

Rebel girl.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Kathleen Hanna’s life story is filled with enough incident and drama to fill a week’s worth of feature-length documentaries. She survived a strange and sometimes abusive upbringing, turned   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Grails

Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence)

Album Reviews
[AVANT-GARDE EPHEMERA] For those unfamiliar with the mythology of Portland experimental rock troupe Grails, Black Tar is the catchall name for the various limited-edition releases that the band co   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Watch A New Pixies Video Filmed at Pickathon 2013


The video for "Andro Queen," a new track from alt-rock survivors Pixies, doesn't actually feature anyone from the band. Instead, this artful little clip from director Ondi Timoner brings you along on a hallucinatory journey through the 2013 edition of    More
Monday, October 7, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #16: On Retreat With John Hollenbeck


The rather restrained, almost minimalist jazz of the Claudia Quintet has much to do with the group's instrumentation: Its melodies are often carried by clarinet, accordion or vibraphone. But the meditative qualities of the group's musicare also driven by the playing of band leader John Hollenbeck, and the manner in ...   More
Friday, October 4, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Primer: Pet Shop Boys

Music Stories
Formed: 1981 in London. Sounds like: That stinging kick of reality that creeps in as you’re trying to lose yourself on the dance floor. For fans of: Erasure, Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue. Latest rele   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Various Artists, Trust No One (Trust No One Records)


[HIP-HOP] Like any good hip-hop label/production company compilation, there's a great sense of cohesion to this collection of tracks centered on the Trust No One collective. The production throughout has a warm soulfulness to it that leans heavily on the spirit of '70s R&B and funk: the Zapp & Roger-style talk box vocals on OverFlow...   More
Friday, September 27, 2013 by ROBERT HAM
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