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The Soft Index

Graphing the unbearable lightweightness of Drake.

Music Stories
Drake contains multitudes. He is, after all, a half-black, half-Jewish Canadian child actor turned ginormously famous rapper. In hip-hop terms, he’s quite the unique snowflake. It isn’t just h   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Radkey: Sunday, Dec. 1

Radkey is a lot like your teenage punk band—except way better.

Music Stories
Starting a band in a town like St. Joseph, Mo., is hard enough without being black and underage. The city isn’t exactly a music mecca, nor is it the kind of place inclined to embrace three Afr   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Meat Puppets on Unplugged In New York: The Extended Interviews

The full Q&As with the Brothers Kirkwood and producer Alex Coletti.


In this week's print edition, we published an oral history commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Meat Puppets appearing on Nirvana's legendary episode of MTV Unplugged. Here are the complete Q&As with Cris and Curt Kirkwood and the show's producer, Alex Coletti, featuring mor...   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cover Your Hair In Your Eyes

An oral history of the Meat Puppets on Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York.

Music Stories
When Nirvana agreed to film an episode of MTV’s Unplugged in November 1993, the network execs were giddy over the possibilities. Who would the biggest band in the world bring as a guest? Eddie V   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Deltron 3030

Music Stories
[TOMORROW PEOPLE] Thirteen years ago, the first and, until this year, only album from indie-rap supergroup Deltron 3030—producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, turntablist Kid Koala and rapper    More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

Banishment Ritual (Easy Rider)

Album Reviews
[STONER METAL] They probably won’t take this as a compliment, but Sons of Huns really are a bunch of charmers. That’s sort of the nature of being a metal band in Portland. This ain’t exactly   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Harvey’s Comedy Club: Didja Ever Notice…?

Bar Reviews
Harvey’s Comedy Club (436 NW 6th Ave., 241-0338, harveyscomedyclub.com) has no problem dating itself. If it did, the owners would’ve taken down the multiple autographed photos of Pauly Sho   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: ’Merican Idol

A look inside the @Dadboner tour van.

Karl Welzein is America. Or, more accurately, he is ’Merica. Under the handle @Dadboner, the beer-swilling, Applebee’s-devouring, jorts-sporting son of Grand Blanc, Mich., has cultivated a devot   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review For My 13-Year-Old Self: Nine Inch Nails at Moda Center, 11/18


Dear 13-Year-Old Self, Hey, dude. Sorry to bug. I know we corresponded just recently. Well, recently for me. It would’ve been a year ago for you. Time is weird in the future. Anyway, I know you’re probably preoccupied trying to procure your neighbor’s illegal cable box...   More
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video Roundup: Stephen Malkmus! Wild Ones! Casey Neill! Dresses! Illmaculate!

Plus, Lake Oswego rages against the machine!


Hey everyone! It's Friday. Here are some new videos. What a novel concept, right?! Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, "Lariat" As you may have heard, Stephen Malkmus—ex-Pavement frontman, fantasy sports enthusiast, newly re-minted Portla...   More
Friday, November 15, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

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