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The Flaming Lips to Play Free Show in Waterfront Park

The psych-rock vets will perform Aug. 3 as part of Major League Soccer's All-Star Week festivities.

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Get your sparkly capes, confetti blasters, fake blood and furry costumes ready, Timbers fans: Alt-rock acid casualties the Flaming Lips are playing a free show in Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Sunday, Aug. 3. It's part of Major League Soccer All-Star Week, and a nice aperit...   More
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Why You Should See TJ Miller at Helium This Week

These five Silicon Valley clips should be enough to convince you.

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T.J. Miller is one of "Those Guys"—an actor whose face you vaguely recognize but ...   More
 
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW Announces Schedule, After-Parties

Future Islands, Superchunk, El-P and more to play intimate shows around the festival.

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You know you're in the thick of summer when every other blog post is about an upcoming music festival announcing its schedule.Monday was PDX Pop Now. Today, it's MusicfestNW. Don't worry: Unlike in the past, when the festival took place at multiple venues scattered throughout town, you won't have to make any agonizing choices this year, as the 18 bands are spread across two alternating ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Top of the Pop

Ten bands you didn’t know you need to see at PDX Pop Now.


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If you’ve suddenly developed an interest in the racket being made in your backyard, there’s no easier way to orient yourself with the Portland music scene circa right now than PDX Pop Now. Thi   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Post-Grunge Paleontology

Art Alexakis’ Summerland tour excavates the fossils of ’90s alt-rock, but there are plenty more old bones for him to dig up.


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Since his career as a legitimate rock star came to an end, Art Alexakis has taken up a second career as a paleontologist, with a particular focus on the post-grunge epoch. For the past three years   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, July 7-13

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Every week, we list the top selling albums from local record stores Music Millennium, Jackpot Records, Everyday Music and Beacon Sound, and the top streamed tracks in Portland on    More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Here's the PDX Pop Now! Schedule

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If you ask me, you don't really need to read the PDX Pop Now schedule. This is a festival that places a greater premium on discovery than just about any other. And there's no overlap, negating any potential conflicts. Really, the best thing to do, if you're a total newbie to the current Portland music scene, is to hang out and jump between stages...   More
 
Monday, July 14, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Former Lives

The crises of Kevin Robinson—both real and imagined.


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A year ago, the word on Kevin Robinson was that he had lost it. His bands, Viva Voce and Blue Giant, had dissolved. In their place, he started Electric Ill, playing pastel-colored electro-funk w   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Sharon Van Etten at Doug Fir, 7/3

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Last week, before Nick Cave debased the Schnitz, his former touring partner, Sharon Van Etten, spent two nights bumming out the Doug Fir. Actually, despite the somber nature of her songbook—and in ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”


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Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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