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Video: "Condition," Daniel Rafn


If there’s any place in Oregon weirder than Salem, it’s Keizer. The suburb has spawned a number of nerd-identified rock bands over the years, the majority of which contain a Rafn brother. Kevin Rafn has been working with a little band called Wampire of late. And eldest brother David Rafn was a founding member of seminal Portland post-rock ban...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by NATHAN CARSON

Iommi Bloody Iommi

Cancer and controversy can’t stop Black Sabbath’s true Iron Man.

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When Black Sabbath—heavy metal’s widely acknowledged patient zero—announced a reunion of its original lineup in 2011, promising a tour and an album of all-new material to be produced by Rick   More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Entrail Blazers

Exhuming Portland’s forgotten extreme metal pioneers.

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Metal has waged an uphill battle in Portland. For a long time, the city’s indie-centricity kept heavier genres shoved away in the deepest, darkest corners of the local music scene. Things are di   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Deafheaven: Saturday, July 13

Is there such a thing as “pastel metal”? There is now.

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[PINKISH BLACK METAL] When singer George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy moved to San Francisco and formed Deafheaven in 2010, there was no master plan. That’s how it’s always been for these    More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Bolt Thrower

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Formed: In the loo of a pub in Conventry, England, in 1986.  Sounds like: An armada of Space Marines overtaking a battle cruiser full of Chaos Warriors. For fans of: Carcass, Napalm Death, Godf   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Pallbearer

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Formed: In Little Rock, Ark., in 2008.  Sounds like: A slow march through brimstone fields at the end of time. For fans of: Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Electric Wizard, Burning Witch, funerals,    More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Halsey “Halseycaust” Swain

The wild life and wildlife of Portland’s most extreme visual artist.

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Illustrator Halsey Swain speaks in a matter-of-fact, almost backwoods drawl. Though she has called Portland home for five years, she was born in Marblehead, Mass., not far from the other Salem.&nb   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Primer: Paul Di’Anno

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Born: In 1958 in London.
Sounds like: Early Iron Maiden songs performed by less capable players who have not taken very good care of themselves.
For fans of: Iron Maiden, Blaze Bayley, Tim “Ripper
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Michael Chapman: Tuesday, Oct. 9

The British folk rebel you’ve never heard of.

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[BRITISH FOLK] “I’m not very good at doing what I’m told,” says Michael Chapman through a crackling phone line from Leeds, England. That’s an understatement. At age 71, Chapman, one of   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Portland Rock Trivia

Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene.

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1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...   More
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