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Cut of the Day: "Satellites," EMA


It's been two years since Erika M. Anderson swept in from whatever tornado of fuzz and grime carried her up to Portland from Los Angeles and deposited her on the doorstep of the indie-rock world at large. In 2011, EMA released her first solo record, Past Life Martyred Saints, and for a minute there, her bristling, serrated doom-folk w...   More
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video Roundup: Red Fang! Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks! Wampire! Nick Jaina!


Put these videos in your eyes and…uh…see 'em! Red Fang, "Blood Like Cream"Good to know that no matter how big stoner-metal kings get Red Fang, they remain Portland as fuck. The video for the catchiest (head)banger off third album Whales & Leeches is another Whitey McC...   More
Thursday, December 12, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cool Nutz Is For The Children

Portland's Hip-Hop Ambassador throws "The Greatest Toy Drive Ever" this Saturday.

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Somehow, this listing was left out of today's print edition, but it certainly deserves some shine—for the lineup alone, not to mention that it's a toy drive. And not just any toy drive: The Greatest Toy Drive Ever, apparently.[RAPS-GIVING] Cool Nutz is for the children. For years now, the Mayor of Portland Hip-Hop has...   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Thermals: The Video Game!

The Portland punk band releases a video game set to "The Sword By My Side."


The hall of musicians who've inspired video games is short but illustrious. Michael Jackson. Motley Crue. Frankie Goes to Hollywood.    More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Dec. 2-8


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, December 11, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Fixer

Pere Ubu’s David Thomas isn’t a jerk. He’s just smarter than you.

Music Stories
There’s been a nasty rumor going around the last, oh, 35 years or so, that David Thomas, founder of the pioneering art-punk band Pere Ubu, is an asshole. Like his early inspiration, Lou Reed, th   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Started From the Bottom Now We Here (on the Jumbotron)

Former WW editor Michael Mannheimer creates an Internet meme at last night's Blazers game. We made it, y'all!

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All right, I know we've overloaded a bit on Drake this week here at LocalCut, but we'd be remiss in not mentioning this brilliant (if I do say so myself, and I do) sign from last night's Blazers game, mocked up by former WW Assistant Music Editor Michael Mannheimer reading "OKC: Softer Than Drake." It apparently m...   More
Thursday, December 5, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Drake at Moda Center, 12/3

The most emotionally unguarded MC in hip-hop turns an arena rap show into an intimate one-man stage play.

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Drake is the rap game Bruce Springsteen.  I can’t take credit for that observation—props to Arya Imig—but there’s certainly some truth to the comparison, at least in terms of live performance. Eschewing, in large part, the spectacle of some other major hip-hop tours, the man born Aubrey Drake Graham rolled up to the Moda Center ...   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Dylan Magierek, Badman Recording Co.

How running a small label is like buying a new house—every year.

Music Stories
Dylan Magierek wanted out of the independent record business. By 2004, he was five years into running his label, Badman Recording Co., in San Francisco. He’d had some successes—a few records from    More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Genders

Get Lost (Self-Release)

Album Reviews
[CLOUDY GUITAR POP] On its previous EPs, the spirit of Portland’s Genders lived on the border of Oregon and California, its ’90s-gazing guitar pop drifting from sunshine to shadow. For debut full-length Get Los   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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