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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

Deep Cuts: Mark Oliver Everett of Eels, "The Turnaround"


Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, has experienced a Shakespearian amount of tragedy in his 49 years. But the Eels frontman only dwells for so long. His newest effort, Wonderful, Glorious, shows a stronger, wiser, thicker-skinned E, fastened to an infectious brand of optimism both lyrically and musically.  The trilogy Ee...   More
Monday, February 18, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Primer: Sufjan Stevens

Music Stories
Born: In 1975 in Detroit.  Sounds like: The musical equivalent of childhood wonder. For fans of: Highly conceptualized folk, choirlike vocal richness, unobtrusive biblical references, found s   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARK STOCK

Pony Village: Sunday, Nov. 18

Indie rock inspired by late nights, early mornings and the cold, gray Northwest (and a little Phil Spector, too).

Music Stories
[BLEARY-EYED ROCK] It’s 5 am on election night, and Ryan Barber is just getting home from his job as sound guy at Kelly’s Olympian. The presidential race was called hours ago, and the Pony V   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MARK STOCK

From Rose City to Austin City: An ACL Wrap-Up


When Austin City Limits Music Festival began in 2002, it lasted two days and attracted close to 40,000 fans. Wilco, Shawn Colvin and hometown guitar hero Gary Clark Jr. occupied a bill of 70-some acts. Clark, responsible for this year’s most memorable set, was just a high-schooler, eager to play on a big stage in a festival with an unpredict...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Cait Olds

Prison City (Gorbie International)

Album Reviews
[BEDROOM FOLK] There’s a sense of quiet Western solitude in Cait Olds’ work. The Portland-via-California songwriter recorded full-length debut Prison City at Materials to Outlet, Jake Kelly’s    More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Corin Tucker Band

Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)

Album Reviews
[PARENTAL PUNK] Collaboration cures what ails you. Corin Tucker took this for granted in the immediate wake of Sleater-Kinney’s breakup, evidenced by the Portlander’s introverted approach on   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARK STOCK

LIVE REVIEW: Yeasayer at Crystal Ballroom, August 31


Yeasayer at the Crystal Ballroom, August 31, 2012
In all honesty, the fans were wrong: Daughn Gibson doesn’t sound like Crash Test Dummies. He also doesn’t sound quite like the National. Instead, the former drug-rock artist is a sophisticated collage artist, one who prefers unlikely merges—namely, R&B with twang.

Yes, he s...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, Thursday, July 19 @ Holocene


Two weeks ago, I knew nothing about Bubu music. In fact, I still no very little. My depiction of the West African sound was a generalized and largely Americanized one, influenced by the likes of Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Paul Simon, and the Very Best. Sure, there is common ground shared by these domestic acts with Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay, but the differences between the two are gr...   More
Friday, July 20, 2012 by MARK STOCK

Top Five Promising Tribute Shows This Week

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Replacements tribute (Star Theater, Wednesday)Chase a screening of the excellent Color Me Obsessed with a musical tribute to the band that made rock ’n’ roll cool again.Joey Porter does Sly and th   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 MARK STOCK
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