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Album Review: Night Mechanic

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Album Reviews
[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

TBA Diaries: Tim Hecker

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When I interviewed sound artist Tim Hecker recently, I asked about his live show. It’s something I don’t normally do, because YouTube can usually answer such queries for me. But because he's an artist who doesn’t perform that often and who straddles the line between the avant-garde and “conventional” pop...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Swans at Roseland Theater, Sept. 6

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Swans are the Game of Thrones of bands: epic in scale, tonally intense, and if you told me any of the members had once crushed a man's skull with their bare hands, I wouldn't question it. At the Roseland Theater on Sept. 6, each song unfurled with a season's worth of stomach-knotting dread, and most at about half the length of a typical GoT episode. (And even better: no s...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.


Music Stories
Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

A Katy Perry Reality Tour of Santa Barbara

Pop’s ruling California Girl is coming to extend Portland’s summer. To know her means to know her hometown.


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Summer isn’t over until Katy Perry gets off tour. A native of Santa Barbara, the pop megastar is a human solar panel, powering her rainbow-colored aural gumdrops with all the sunlight and ta   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Swans, Carla Bozulich, Grouper


Music Stories
[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an urban myth, but it might as well be true   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

In The City

The story of Portland’s original all-ages gay nightclub.


Music Stories
The first time Daniel Schaefer went to the City Nightclub—the only all-ages gay dance club in Portland and, at the time, the country—he and his friends spent half an hour dawdling out front,   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Eagles’ Greatest Hits

The most reviled band of the ’70s is coming to the Moda Center. Here are the worst things ever said about them.


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Everyone hates the Eagles. Not literally everyone, of course. A band doesn’t sell 40 million copies of a greatest-hits record without having a few fans. But you know you’re despised when the   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Has Died

The band's weekend shows at Oregon Zoo will continue as scheduled.

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Derek Rieth, for two decades a percussionist in Portland pop orchestra Pink Martini, has died, the band announced via its Facebook page this afternoon.  Rieth, born in 1971, played several instruments for the band, including drums, bongos and finger cymbals.  No cause of ...   More
 
Friday, August 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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