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MusicfestNW 2013: Shuggie Otis

After four decades off the grid, a soul-funk genius resumes his career.


MFNW 2013
When an artist vanishes for 40 years, rumors are going to spread, none of them good. So it was with Shuggie Otis. Nearly four decades passed after the release of his third album, the psychedelic soul masterpiece    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: Musicfest is Rubbish

The return of Britain’s angriest punk.


MFNW 2013
In late-’70s England, there wasn’t a more fearsome creature prowling the streets of London than Ian Rubbish. The levels of bile pumping through his spleen made Johnny Rotten look like Mr. Bean   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: Welcome to MusicfestNW

For six days, the entire city of Portland is bonded by a strip of plastic.


MFNW 2013
At MusicfestNW, the feedback permanently humming in the Pacific Northwest air turns into a tangible object wrapped around our wrists. In the daylight hours, when the noise is replaced by quiet a   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Stones Throw Records


Music Stories
Founded: In 1996 in Los Angeles. Signature style: Hip-hop based around crackling rare grooves repurposed for rappers less willfully eccentric than just supremely, transcendently high.  For    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Amenta Abioto: Friday, Aug. 23

Let Amenta Abioto clear her throat. You won’t regret it.


Music Stories
[AVANT-GARDE SOUL] Singer Amenta Abioto thinks of herself as a magician. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean she goes around pulling quarters out from behind the ears of the audience. She’s refer   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup plan.


Brew Views
Life is unfair, and the music industry is worse. If there were a rubric to figure out what makes one performer a household name and another just one more name in the liner notes, the history of po   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

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

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, August 14, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Rob Sheffield, Turn Around Bright Eyes

Sing us a song/You’re the writer man!


Books
Karaoke ruined Rob Sheffield’s life, and it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to him.  In 2000, the lanky Rolling Stone writer was a 33-year-old widower living, ominously enough,    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Ural Thomas


Music Stories
Born: In Portland in 1939.  Sounds like: All those new retro-soul singers you love, except Thomas isn’t some Motown-Stax museum installation: He actually lived it, and he’s still living    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Typhoon

White Lighter (Roll Call)


Album Reviews
[ORCHESTRAL POP] Well, Portland, hopefully you didn’t expect Typhoon to stay yours forever. A band built like a junior orchestra clearly has ambitions no basement could contain for long. With    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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