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MusicfestNW Announces Schedule, After-Parties

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


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.

Music Stories
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.

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


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


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.

Music Stories
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


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.”

Music Stories
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

Hotseat: Dave Allen

The former Gang of Four bassist talks Entertainment!, His new job at Beats Music and why he changed his mind about streaming.

Music Stories
Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk group. When he quit after 1981’s Solid Gold, it was due to dr   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: "Smallest Man," Sunset Valley

A new digital compilation of Portland's turn-of-the-millennium indie heroes is out today on Barsuk Records.

sunset valley

Here's what Jay Horton has to say about onetime Portland next-big-things Sunset Valley in the upcoming edition of Willamette Week:"Back when fin de millennium local indie veered between critically acclaimed projects of chin-scratching difficulty and the grimy excesses of 24-hour garage-party people, nobody ...   More
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

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