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Photo Review: Dead Moon at Crystal Ballroom, Jan. 4

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Punk wasn't supposed to age well. It's music of and for adolescent rage, meant to burn out fast and leave behind a corpse still pudgy with baby fat. At least, that was the myth, before the original punks got old, and all that rage started to seem less like a product of youth than a means of clinging to it. Luckily for Fred and Toody Cole, by the time they started    More
 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "All My Light Begins to Dissipate," Carcrashlander

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It's about four years since we last heard from Carcrashlander, but that doesn't mean Cory Gray has just been sitting around in his basement playing Xbox. Quite the opposite: Just in the last year, dude toured with the Dandy Warhols and recorded with Shelley Short, while playing a one-off reunion gig with Norfolk and Western and ...   More
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland for 2013

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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 Rhap...   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Voices 2014: Oregon Was Once a Slave State

R. Gregory Nokes, author and journalist


News Stories
Like most deep-rooted Oregonians, R. Gregory Nokes presumed America’s ugly racial history didn’t apply to him. Not personally, anyway. Slavery, the fifth-generation Oregon native assumed, wa   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Once In A Dead Moon

The band that made Fred and Toody Cole Portland punk legends rises again—if just for one night.


Music Stories
Who’s going to tell Fred and Toody Cole they can’t smoke in here? No one at Mississippi Studios, certainly. Upstairs in the North Portland music venue’s green room, the punk-rock power cou   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Voodoo Doughnuts Is Now a Record Label

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 It was only a matter of time, really: Voodoo Doughnuts is starting a record label.  I'm surprised it took this long. Having already helped turn Portland "weirdness" into a sellable, often phallic-shaped commodity, it makes sense that Voodoo would eventually get into the rock'n'roll business. Plus, owner Tres Shannon is no stra...   More
 
Monday, December 30, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


Music Stories
Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: "Make You Better," Summer Cannibals

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'Twas a good year for Summer Cannibals. Not only did the grungy Portland garage rockers issue its own well-received debut album, it released another of 2013's most lauded records,    More
 
Friday, December 20, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Hold On We're Going Home," Wild Ones (Drake Cover)

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You can't escape Drake, no matter how hard you try! Around the time of the rap superstar's appearance at the Moda Center in early December, we ended up writing probably a tad too much about the dude. So we'll preface this by promising this is the last you'll see his name mentioned here...   More
 
Thursday, December 19, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Dec. 9-15

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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, December 17, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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