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WL: Sunday, July 14

Dreaming in the rain.


Music Stories
[SHOEGAZE] Michael Yun was ready to call it a no-show. A few winters ago, the guitarist sat in his house in St. Johns, listening to the downpour outside and waiting for the singer who so impressed   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Alela Diane at the Old Church, 6/26

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Given the delicacy of Alela Diane’s newest material, the Old Church, with its gently sloping walls and towering heights, is the ideal venue for her to perform in. The 131-year-old edifice cups every note with a padded hand. Opener and musical co-conspirator    More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Portugal. The Man

Evil Friends (Atlantic)


Album Reviews
[ANTHEMIC ROCK] More often than not, when Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton produces a record, his involvement turns out to be a blessing. His work with James Mercer in Broken Bells imparted an ap   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Kurt Vile at Doug Fir, 5/10

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On a tour that is selling out significantly larger venues like Lincoln Hall in Chicago and New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Kurt Vile gave Portland a true gift in performing at the Doug Fir. The relatively small space that sound engineer Mick Learn has turned into a sonic temple proved perfect backdrop for a band that’s hit a graceful stride and only going forward. Vile and band hav...   More
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Cut of the Day: "Beverly," Rio Grands

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Be it climate change’s current sun-drenched adaptation of a Pacific Northwest spring or the cloud-parting vocals of Colin Jenkins (Sex Life), but this track from Portland’s Rio Grands is a rooftop beer in the summer. ...   More
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by MARK STOCK

High and Very Dry: A Coachella Wrap-Up

Images—real and imagined—from the annual desert soiree.

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Coachella is an ancient Native American word that loosely translates to “obsessed with the past.” That not actually true, of course, but so it feels when one of the country’s largest, most shapeshifting festivals offers acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, the Stone Roses, Moby, Wu-Tang Clan and Violent Femmes as top-tier headliners. They’ve done this before, and they did it agai...   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Shred the Light Fantastic

The adorable electrocution of Marnie Stern.


Music Stories
In 2006, Ben Parrish of the Portland- and Olympia-based record label Kill Rock Stars received a demo from a 31-year-old New York singer-guitarist named Marnie Stern. At the time, the label was bei   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: The Woolen Men

The Woolen Men (Woodsist)


Album Reviews
[PUNK ’N’ ROLL] When Portland garage-rock trio the Woolen Men signed with New York label Woodsist late last year, you could almost hear the city gasp. Would our beloved, punk-tinged lo-fi grou   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Illustrated Live Review: Night Beds/Indians at Doug Fir, 2/24

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Winston Yellen was probably right when he said any one of the three performers from last Sunday night at the Doug Fir could have played headliner. The choir-voiced frontman for Night Beds seemed honored to play, remarking that a previous show in Kansas attracted a total of seven people. Surprising, given the Nashville band’s recent compar...   More
 
Sunday, March 3, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Lawz Spoken’s CHRON: Legacy

A weed-scented, hip-hop crime drama, with an ’80s sound and a ’90s soul.


Music Stories
A suburban upbringing leaves lasting and vivid impressions that rival those produced by even the dankest of joints. Matthew Gonzales can testify. The Portland producer, known as both Lawz Spoken   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MARK STOCK
 

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