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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

Mic Check: The Pharcyde’s Tre Hardson

On J Dilla

Music Stories
Though not a household name on the level of hip-hop’s other martyr figures, for true heads, the producer James Yancey—aka Jay Dee, aka J Dilla—is a saint on par with Tupac, Biggie and Jam Ma   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Renaissance Coalition

Portland hip-hop’s odd future is now.

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Copycat rappers, unimaginative rappers, pretty rappers, Portland rappers who film themselves rapping on bridges—that’s that shit the Renaissance Coalition doesn’t like. Add Dwight Howard t   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The MusicfestNW 2014 Lineup Is Here!

Girl Talk, Spoon, Haim, Future Islands and more play Waterfront Park, Aug. 16-17


Here it is: The MusicfestNW 2014 lineup.  As previously announced, it's got way less bands than usual, because the festival has shrunken down to two days and will be held exclusively in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. But you know what they say: quality over quantity. And the bill's ...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, April 21-27


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 Rhap...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Permanent Vacation

Peter Buck talks life after R.E.M., his solo records, sabotaging the Verve, hitchhiking in Portland and not talking to the media.

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Peter Buck doesn’t need me. Thirty years amassing one of the most sanctified discographies in American music—and a bank account festooned with zeroes—has ensured him of that. R.E.M., the immeasurably    More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Holy High Day

Your 4/20 concert guide.

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What is 4/20, anyway? Theoretically, it’s unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day, but that implies those who observe it don’t appreciate the shrubbery of the gods every other day of th   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: World Warriors

Wrestling Church is spending Easter Sunday preaching the Gospel of the Squared Circle. Here’s a primer on the real global game.

Professional wrestling isn’t a sport. I’ll give its detractors that. It’s something much more interesting—a form of physical theater, misunderstood in the United States but with deep cul   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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