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Watch Sleater-Kinney's First Live Performance In Nine Years

"That's exactly right!" says David Letterman.

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"That's right! That's exactly right!" Exclamations such as that are pretty much the greatest compliment any band playing The Late Show with David Letterman can get from its host, and that's what Sleater-Kinney received last night after ripping through a new song in its first live performance in nine years. The reunited trio's pre-release promo tour for eighth album No Cities to Lo...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Dave Depper Is Now A Member of Death Cab For Cutie

Longtime Portland musician has replaced Chris Walla (in the touring band, at least).

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Dave Depper has one of the most extensive resumes of any musician in Portland. He's done stints with Ray LaMontagne, Fruit Bats, Robyn Hitchcock, Menomena and Peter Buck and Robert Fripp's Slow Music project, among a zillion others. Now, he's landed his biggest gig yet: playing guitar for Death Ca...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Watch a Bunch of Famous People Sing a New Sleater-Kinney Song

Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Samberg, Daryl from The Walking Dead and others lend their celebrity (and voices) to "No Cities to Love."


Sleater-Kinney were a fairly well-known band when it went on hiatus in 2006. Thanks in no small part to Carrie Brownstein transforming into a bonafide mainstream celebrity, though, the reunited group's profile is arguably higher now than it ever was during its initial 11-year run.  Case in point: This promo video for new album No Cities To Love, featuring a gaggle of famous folks—...   More
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Battle for the Willamette

Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists are releasing albums on the same day. Who ya got?

Music Stories
Blur vs. Oasis. Jay Z vs. Nas. Mark Kozelek vs. everybody. Now, Portland finally has a pop feud of its own: Carrie vs. Colin. Granted, this beef started by sheer coincidence, when Sleater-Kinney   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Five Tips for Celebrating "Decemberists Day"

Portland is dedicating Jan. 20 to Colin Meloy and crew (and snubbing Sleater-Kinney).


I believe it was Andy Warhol who said, "In the future, everyone in Portland will have a day named in their honor." Thanks largely to former Mayor Sam Adams' insatiable appetite for proclamations, our calendar is stuffed with commemorations of everything from Bill Schonely to sea otters to the N...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Jan. 5-11


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 13, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Hear Nirvana Play Satyricon 25 Years Ago

Audio of a set from the night Kurt met Courtney has surfaced on YouTube.


Of all the glorious shit-holes that have existed in Portland, Satyricon is certainly the most hallowed. The Old Town punk club is among the most iconic venues on the entire West Coast, nurturing the Pacific Northwest rock scene that would eventually take over the world in the early '90s—Nirvana include...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Amebix at the Know, May 2009

Plus: A full list of the Alberta punk dive's 10th anniversary shows.


Starting tomorrow, sticky-floored Northeast Portland dive the Know—a favorite haunt of local punks, metalheads and Jonathan Richman—celebrates its decade anniversary with 10 days of shows, featuring some of the venue's favorite regular performers. But we wanted to know: What's the best show at the Know? According to Derek Willman, bassis...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Great PBR Debate

Who got Portland hooked on the Blue Stuff?

Everyone knows Portland bleeds Pabst Blue Ribbon. But who injected it into our bloodstream?  There are two true contenders. Lutz Tavern, in Woodstock, is commonly thought to have introduc   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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