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Live Review: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7/5

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Approaching the Schnitz on Saturday evening made it clear that Nick Cave’s return to Portland was nothing short of a goth holiday. It was date night in black, and anyone who was turned away from his sold out Crystal Ballroom show in 2008 had made damn sure not to make the same mistake.Mark Lanegan ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Nick Cave’s Top Five Acts Of Violence


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“Deep in the Woods”  Even back in ’83, Cave was already obsessed with drenching his Southern gothic tales in blood. The finale of the Birthday Party’s Bad Seed EP is a first-person a   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes


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[LUXURY ROCK] At age 68, Bryan Ferry remains a study in contrasts. He made his name as the coke-addled, space-alien frontman of English glam titans Roxy Music, but outside of that towering, monu   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Deep Cuts: Carcass, "Mount of Execution"

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Liverpool’s Carcass was one of the first purveyors of a particularly brutal subgenre of metal called grindcore. In fact, founding guitarist Bill Steer replaced Justin Broadrick (Godflesh) in Napalm Death, and recorded one side of the seminal Scum album in 1987. Soon after, Steer teamed up with bassist Jeff Walker and drum...   More
 
Friday, March 28, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Lucia di Lammermoor

Out for blood.


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Not many 19th-century Italian operas feature a chorus of men pointing rifles at the audience in the first five minutes. But Donizetti’s enduring masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor pulls few punch   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Dirtclodfight

The Main Sequence (Cavity Search)


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[SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back in 2004. Te   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Scene Report: Metal

Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014.


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Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red Fang   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Mazzy Star at Crystal Ballroom, 11/3

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I heard a number of folks griping about how “poorly advertised” this Mazzy Star show was. Yet on a rainy Sunday night, the Crystal Ballroom was sold out, with a capacity crowd of 960 women and 40 guys huddling for warmth, and a chance to hear “Fade Into You” performed live. Mariee Sioux kicked things off, her voice and guitar accompanied by a drummer who used his mallets spars...   More
 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Mazzy Star, Mariee Sioux 


Music Stories
[DREAMIEST POP] It’s been 17 years since Mazzy Star released its third album, Among My Swan. The world has changed, but the band’s laid-back, twangy dream folk has not. Never officially brok   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 NATHAN CARSON
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