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Introducing Alia Zin


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Sounds like: Kendrick Lamar if he went straight into the studio after hearing Tupac for the first time. For fans of: Nas, Lauryn Hill, Digable Planets, Black Star, Joey Badass, Vinnie Dewayne. The   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Joel Magid

Pyramids (Self-Released)


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[LYSERGIC LOVESICKNESS] Even psychedelic troubadours get the blues. On his second album, Joel Magid sounds heartsick and hung over, his head hanging heavy with shame, as he ponders the bodies left to    More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Nike Names Chilly Tee To Board of Directors

As Phil Knight steps down, the "Krisis of Identity" rapper steps up.

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The weather has been sweltering`, but in Beaverton, things just got Chillier. Earlier today, Phil Knight announced he will step down as chairman of Nike, the footwear giant he co-founded over a half-century ago. That's a big deal. But for hip-hop fans, the bigger news is that Knight's...   More
 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Quiet Music Festival: Turn Down For Once

The Quiet Music Festival dares artists to enjoy the near-silence.


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A little over a decade ago, Chris Johanson’s ears turned against him. A visual artist and musician, the 46-year-old has long suffered from tinnitus. Until about 2003, it had been manageable. Short   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Eyelids

Eyelids (Jealous Butcher)


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The members of Eyelids have never played coy about what they are: Five rock-’n’-roll lifers paying homage to their record collections. 854, the band’s 2014 debut, made plain its devotion to the    More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Rigsketball Season Is Upon Us!

Registration for the annual local-band makeshift basketball tournament is now open.

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They say basketball never stops, but that's kind of bullshit. It clearly stopped last night, with the Golden State Warriors besting the Cleveland LeBrons in six games to win the NBA Finals. Sure, hoops heads will spend the next five months occupying their time with the draft, free agency and Summer League. But where can the fiending hardwood junkie go between now and late October if they want to...   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Habesha Lounge Is Closing

The bar and music venue atop an Ethiopian restaurant shuts down at the end of the month.

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And down goes another one. Music venue Habesha Lounge is closing, along with the restaurant beneath it. The small Northeast Broadway bar above an Ethiopian restaurant had, over the past two years, developed into a hub for Portland music's psychedelic fringe. According to Habesha restaurant's...   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Festivals For The Rest Of Y’all

Raves in the woods, parties in the boonies and other music events to add to your summer calendar.


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What the Festival June 19-22 at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, whatthefestival.com. Think of it like Pickathon, except there’s a giant wading pool and no one knows what a banjo even sounds like. Now   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Mother Of Reinvention

The births and rebirths of Valet’s Honey Owens.


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One night in 2008, while on tour in Europe, Valet died onstage. It was only 2 years old. “All my gear was destroyed because this record store didn’t have a power converter,” says singer Hone   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Lunch: Album Review

Let Us Have Madness Openly (Mass Media)


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[POST-PUNK] It doesn’t take a geneticist to map the DNA of post-punk resurrectors Lunch—only a BBC radio host from the 1980s. On its second album, the band wears its debt to such harbingers of Eng   More
 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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