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Late Bloomers

After eight years, Portland’s Aan finally releases its debut album.


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Bud Wilson shakes his head. He can’t believe it’s taken this long for his band, the Portland experimental-pop group Aan, to put out a proper record. EPs and things resembling albums have surfa   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: "Nobody Loves a Genius Child," Zoo?

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With a few notable exceptions, Portland hip-hop videos tend to follow a specific pattern: Show the MC rapping with ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Jan. 20-26

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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, January 28, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Jan. 13-19

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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
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Buzzing Atlanta Rapper Young Thug's New Mixtape Is Called Black Portland For Some Reason

UPDATE: Collaborator Bloody Jay explains the Black Portland concept.

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Most hip-hop fans—or, at least, hip-hop fans who learn about emerging artists via indie-rock blogs—first discovered Atlanta upstart Young Thug via "Picacho," a wildly idiosyncratic track in which the MC compares his jewelry to a Pokemon character. That song, from Thug'...   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Glenn Waco: Sunday, Jan. 26

A rising St. Johns MC reflects on life during wartime—aka growing up in North Portland.


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Asked about growing up black in the whitest major city in the country, Glenn Waco blurts out Portland demographic figures so reflexively it’s as if he’s reciting his home address.  “S   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: Fight Fiction

The imaginary Portland Wizard World battle royal.


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Geeks are fighters, not lovers—half the time, anyway. If they aren’t dreaming up erotic encounters between fictional characters, they’re fantasizing about those same characters engaged in ha   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Exit Interview: Luck-One

The Portland rapper discusses his move to New York, his feelings on the local hip-hop scene, and offers advice for fellow MCs: "Stop biting my style."

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A little over a month ago, Hanif Collins—better known by his MC name, Luck-One—left Portland and relocated to New York. It was an unceremonious departure for one of the city's most lauded rappers, no farewell shows or anything. He just up and left. That, it turns out, is precisely how he wanted it. Willamette Week emailed Collins...   More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video Roundup: Ages and Ages! Aan! Eyelids! Modern Kin! Abadawn!

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This week's soft theme is "Bands That've Kept Us Waiting... But We Shall Wait No More!" Or something along those lines. Anyway, to the A/V splendor! Ages & Ages, "Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)" Finally, someone adapted the early Simpsons episode "Bart the General" into a music video! You remember "B...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Boise's Treefort Music Festival Announces Second Wave of Acts

Several Portland acts added to bill that already included Run the Jewels, Built to Spill, Joy Formidable and many more.

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The Treefort Music Festival is held in Boise, Idaho, but it might as well be considered at least half a Portland music festival. Not just because it's a mere six and a half hours down the road, but because the organizers go out of their way to stuff the bill with Stumptown bands. Last month, the festival rolled out the first part of this year's lineup, headlined by the powerful hip-hop tandem ...   More
 
Friday, January 17, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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