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Dave Chappelle Is Suddenly Performing at Helium This Week

Tickets for Saturday's shows still available...for now.


Dave Chappelle, phantom stand-up comic, has spent the decade since walking away his epochal Comedy Central show seemingly doing nothing but lifting weights and popping in randomly at comedy clubs across the country. He did it in Portland back in 2009, though that was less a performance...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Wrangling Sasquatch

Who to see—and who to avoid—at this year’s Sasquatch music festival.

Music Stories
Let’s face it: If you’re driving four hours to middle-of-nowhere Washington for Sasquatch this weekend, it’s probably to see Outkast. But there’s a lot of other stuff happening before an   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Mimicking Birds

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Album Reviews
[CELESTIAL FOLK] In 2009, before the release of its first album, Mimicking Birds opened for Glacial Pace label boss Isaac Brock’s band, Modest Mouse, at Crystal Ballroom, and the audience chat   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: Purple Like Me

With Maya Rudolph’s Prince tribute act coming to town, Portland’s veteran Purple Rain Man offers the SNL alum some advice.

Everyone wants to be Prince. But some are better at it than others—even Prince isn’t that great at being Prince anymore. Maya Rudolph is the latest to try stepping into those formidable platforms   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Willamette Week's Best New Band Showcase at Mississippi Studios, 5/17


If you ask me, this year's Best New Band showcase, which took place this past Saturday, was the best in a long while. But then, maybe I'm slightly biased. Still, you can't underestimate the difficulty of getting all three of the top acts on the same bill. Last year, which was my first on the job, we had ...   More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2014: The Ballots

A peek at music-based democracy in action.

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Every year, in the spirit of transparency—and to make it perfectly clear that Best New Band is a poll, not an arbitrary list—we publish the ballots of every Best New Band voter. What follows is that list of voters names, titles and the bands or artists that they casted votes for. If the vote...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Portland Horror Stories

Eight chilling tales to share as genre authors descend on Portland for the World Horror Convention.

It’s a rainy night. You’re trying to turn left off Burnside and find that you cannot. You’re forced to ascend into the West Hills, where you’re finally able to turn around, in the driveway   More

R.I.P. Langano Lounge

On the eve of its final show, three regulars eulogize the Ethiopian restaurant turned basement music club—and the piece of Portland culture it represents.


Langano Lounge, the basement bar beneath Jarra's Ethiopian Restaurant local musicians turned into an underground, experimental party spot, is throwing its final show ever tomorrow night, as the building is about to be torn down to make way for a new apartment complex. We asked three regulars to eulogize the place that, for a lot of old-school Portlanders, represents a part of Portland that is rapi...   More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Jackpot Records is Closing Its Downtown Location

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Jackpot Records has announced it will be closing its downtown location effective June 30. According to a statement from owner Isaac Slusarenko, the decision to shutter the longstanding Portland record store, which opened in 1997, is less about economics than it is "a move that will help us focus more energy and resources on ot...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: The Pizza Underground at Mississippi Studios, 4/29


If a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band featuring a '90s child actor was going succeed anywhere, it had to be Portland, right? In a city whose major tourist destination is a place that sells dick-shaped doughnuts, it'd almost be shocking if the show didn't sell out. And so it was with little surprise that an SRO crowd at Mississippi Studios stayed up past midnight on a Tuesda...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

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