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WATCH: The Unipiper On Jimmy Kimmel Live

We did it, ma! We're on the tee-vee!

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If you live in Portland, surely you're familiar with Unicycling Darth Vader Guy, the dude who, as that description suggests, unicycles around town in a Darth Vader mask, wearing a kilt and playing bagpipes. Even if you're don't live here, you've probably seen him on Buzzfeed</...   More
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Soft Shadows


Music Stories
Who: June Kang (vocals, guitar), Thuy-Duong Le (vocals, synthesizer), Ryan Simon (guitar). Sounds like: What My Bloody Valentine is hiding under all those layers of fuzz. For fans of: Slowdive, Gala   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Wooden Shjips: Thursday, Jan. 16

Portland: Where spaced-out psych-rockers go to retire.


Music Stories
Moving to Portland made Wooden Shjips drummer Omar Ahsanuddin feel like a kid again. It’s made him live like one, anyway. “I have a drum set in my basement for the first time since I lived at    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Jan. 6-12

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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 14, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Kickstart My Heart: Portland Blogger To Direct First-Ever Tuareg-Language Film in West Africa

Sahelsounds' Christopher Kirkley wants to remake Purple Rain in the Sahara.

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A few years ago, self-described "guerrilla ethnomusicologist" Christopher Kirkley went to West Africa and discovered something neither he nor anyone outside the region knew existed. In an area with no reliable Internet connections, people had created a literal peer-to-peer file sharing network</...   More
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

WATCH: Red Fang Annihilates Letterman

And introducing the Portland stoner-rock titan's newest member, Paul Shaffer!

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Red Fang continued its march toward global domination Friday night, making its network television debut on Late Night With David Letterman. As noted in the past, whoever books the musical acts there has some sort of Portland jones, but this wa...   More
 
Monday, January 13, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video: "Take Your Time," Tope

Erykah Badu approves.

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All right, we're a little late in posting this—hey, we're busy—but in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the new video from Tope. Directed by Portland's go-to rap video auteur Noah Porter (he also lensed    More
 
Friday, January 10, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Dec. 30-Jan. 6

pdxcharts

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 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Computer Love

In Spike Jonze’s Her, the love is real—even if she is not.


Movie Reviews & Stories
And so there’s this computer. It’s not exactly a laptop, or a tablet or smartphone, but an artificially hyperintelligent operating system that’s half personal secretary, half therapist. It speaks in a naturalistic feminine rasp. It seems to be thinking.   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Lisa Schonberg


Music Stories
Entomology and music aren’t exactly natural bedfellows. For Lisa Schonberg, a drummer and insect enthusiast, that was a problem. Either her research projects were being interrupted by her comm   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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