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MusicfestNW 2014: Phantogram

Hearing voices, seeing visions, making big beats.


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The members of Phantogram used to make music for the movies playing in their heads. Now they write songs for actual movie stars. “Bill Murray,” from the electro-pop duo’s lavish new album, V   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Tune-Yards

How Portland discovered the eccentric genius of Merrill Garbus.


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Merrill Garbus is a rock star—as much of a rock star as someone who makes tribalist art-funk can be, at least. The three worldly, off-center albums she’s released as Tune-Yards—including thi   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Fucked Up

How punk’s most progressive band brought itself back to life—at least for now.


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Rumors of Fucked Up’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, most of all by the members of Fucked Up. Coming off the road for its most ambitious achievement, the 2011 double album David Comes to    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Welcome to MusicfestNW

August 16-17 at Waterfront Park


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Calling all yacht-rockers, Big Floaters and hobo pirates: MusicfestNW is taking it to the river. Finally. It’s a move several years in the making. The 15-year-old urban music festival—one of t   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Exit Interview: Trevor Solomon

After nine years, MFNW's Executive Director is stepping down.

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If you’ve ever had a blast at MusicfestNW, you have Trevor Solomon to thank. He’s acted as the festival’s executive director since 2006, and his sense for booking strong, diverse lineups has helped grow MFNW into not just Portland’s biggest music festival but one of the great annual events in the entire Pacific Northwest.  This year’s MFNW, happening Aug. 16-17 at Tom ...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Native American Rights Group Protests the Flaming Lips at Waterfront Park

Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry also plans to protest Ted Nugent at Portland Expo Center on Tuesday.

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The free Flaming Lips concert at Waterfront Park last night drew more than just fans of the psychedelic rock veterans: A small group of activists were also in attendance, protesting the band over incidents involving frontman Wayne Coyne and the appropriation of Native American iconography. Spearheaded by the national organization    More
 
Monday, August 4, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

California Korean Tacos: Too Busy Writing History to Read It

Our 50 Plates tour continues with chi-chi taco bulgogi from Korean Twist

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our    More
 
Friday, August 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.


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If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.


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Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where he was studyi   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pabst Announces New Portland Music Festival

Project Pabst brings Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GZA, Constantines on Sept. 26-28.

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No doubt you were sitting around, in between recovering from    More
 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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