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The Funk Master Flexes

For Damon Riddick, funk is no laughing matter.


Music Stories
Dam-Funk didn’t sign up to be anyone’s savior.  About a decade ago, when the 44-year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist born Damon Riddick finally decided to make a go of the music care   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Rainbows

Let’s Kiss (Party Damage)


Album Reviews
[A.I. POP] Since 2012, Wild Ones bassist Max Stein and Seattle studio owner Paurl Walsh have been conducting an experiment in repression. As Rainbows, the two musicians, both composition majors, purpo   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

5 Suggested Parodies For Weird Al’s Next Album


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1. “I Really Like Tofu” (to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You”) VIDEO CONCEPT: Al, dressed in tie-dye, shorts and sandals, his hair tied back in a bun, runs wild through a W   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

WATCH: Damian Lillard Makes His Live Rap Debut at Holocene

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Is there anything Damian Lillard can't do?*  We'll certainly find out next season, as Lillard is going to have to do everything to make the Blazers competitive. Meanwhile, though, the Last Blazer Left Standing has spent the summer killing the game in more ways than one: graduating from college, signing a massive contract extensive and becoming the international face of Adidas foo...   More
 
Thursday, August 27, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video Roundup: The Domestics! Pure Bathing Culture! Rasheed Jamal! Minden! Vinnie Dewayne!

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Hey, we haven't done one of these in a while! But while we were up to our necks in MFNW stuff, some pretty awesome local videos found their way online. We've got five of them below. So go ahead and cram these in your seeing-holes! The Domestics, "Tower Blocks" Band member Leo London animated the video for this jangling gem off the Domestics' self-titled Tender Loving Empire debut fr...   More
 
Thursday, August 27, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Daniel Barosa, Director of GRU-PDX

A Brazilian filmmaker on his love letter to Portland music.


Music Stories
In 2013, Quarto Negro, a two-man atmospheric pop group from Brazil, flew to Portland to record an album with the help of another duo, the Helio Sequence, and brought filmmaker Daniel Barosa with them.   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Papi Fimbres Archive

As the beloved drummer prepares to go abroad, revisit everything we've written about the "big, sweaty, teddy-bear genius" of the Portland music scene.

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Pour one out for David "Papi" Fimbres: Tonight's show with Mascaras will be his last in Portland for a long time. The indefatigable drummer is taking a yearlong sabbatical in Germany with his wife. As he told us in November, "With all the development in the city, I said, 'Fuck it.' Instead of complaining about it, I'm going to do my own thing somewhere else, just for a minute." He leaves beh...   More
 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Janelle Monae Gathering With Don't Shoot PDX Protestors In North Portland Today

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As you may have heard by now, future-R&B singer Janelle Monae is playing a not-so-secret show in Portland tonight. It's free if you RSVP'd through her website last week. If not, well, you're out of luck.  But you do have one other opportunity to catch Monae today, if you act fast: She and other members of her Wondaland Records crew (inclu...   More
 
Monday, August 24, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Beyond the Waterfront: MFNW at Night


Music Stories
Wednesday, Aug. 19  Red Bull Sound Select presents Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities and Illmaculate  Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $3 with RSVP at redbullsoundselect.com.    More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Welcome to Turdlania

A guide to Isaac Brock's Portland.


Music Stories
Isaac Brock has what you might call a “conflicted relationship” with Portland. In an interview with Polish television in June, Modest Mouse’s head rodent described his adopted hometown as “a c   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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