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Doug Fir Cancels Show Over Use of Racial Stereotypes in Promotional Art


A dance party scheduled to take place tonight at Doug Fir Lounge has been canceled by the venue following an online uproar over the use of racial stereotypes in the artwork being used to promote the event. As first reported by our news partners at    More
Friday, November 28, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Hutch Harris on Standup Comedy

How the Thermals’ frontman went from shouting down injustice to joking about man boobs.

Music Stories
Comedy is the new punk rock, they say, but in the case of Hutch Harris, punks are the new comics. In recent weeks, the Thermals’ singer-guitarist has gone from Portland comedy-scene booster to   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 5, Nariko Ott

Comedy and Variety
For Nariko Ott, being funny isn’t a personality trait, it’s a survival instinct. As the second of four children raised by a single mother, he knew from a young age that if he didn’t stand    More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Beer, Broken Toilets and Christmas on Acid

Remembering Dekum Manor, Portland's most infamous house-show venue.


Last week, Dekum Manor—for many years Portland's preeminent house show venue, located at 422 NE Dekum St.—burned down. Though its heyday had passed, the loss represents yet another casualty during a year that has been the disappearance of many local cultural institutions. We aske...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Justin Timberlake at Moda Center, 11/20


It’s easy to forget how long Justin Timberlake has been famous. Even though I’m well aware that he shed the boy-band image more than a decade ago, until last night part of me imagined his shows were still filled with a sea of teenage girls screaming themselves hoarse. There was plenty of screaming happening at the Moda Center, but the sources were varied. There was the scrawny 16-year-...   More
Friday, November 21, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Nov. 10-16


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, November 19, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Boy-Band Solo Albums Not By Justin Timberlake

Top 5
JC Chasez, Schizophrenic (2004) While Timberlake was still in his Off the Wall phase, Chasez—the brooding underwear model to JT’s boy next door—skipped straight to FutureSex/LoveSounds, ropin   More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Details of New Music Venue at Washington High School Released

True West and Mississippi Studios partner on state-of-the-art 850-seat theater called Revolution Hall, scheduled to open in 2015.

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Back in July, rumors circulated that the redevelopment of George Washington High School in Southeast Portland would include converting the school's auditorium into a live music venue. That has ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Slabtown Rising?

A week after it closed for good, owner Doug Rogers says he will attempt to reopen the Northwest Portland rock club.


Though it had nothing to do with Portland, the episode of AMC's megahit zombie drama The Walking Dead that aired the day after Slabtown's supposed last show ever was titled “Slabtown.” Now, little over a week later, it appears the much-lamented Northwest Portland rock club itself might be rising from the grave   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

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