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Album Review: Lovers

A Friend in the World (Badman)

Album Reviews
[SYNTH-POP CONFESSIONALS] By the time Portland discovered Lovers, singer-songwriter Carolyn Berk had already begun shedding the “female Conor Oberst” tag that dogged her early days as a teenag   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: Tailgate the Week

How to make everything like football.

Larry the Cable Guy What’s Happening Inside: A crowd of people you’ve never seen, talked to or otherwise interacted with, laughing uproariously at jokes about farts, gays, gay farts and proba   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Weirdest Guests On Pink Martini’s New Album

Top 5
Ari Shapiro NPR’s faux-hawked White House correspondent croons the Spanish ballad “Yo te Quiero Siempre,” which is basically the West Hills yoga-mom equivalent of a 50 Shades of Grey audiob   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Win Tickets To See The Octopus Project Tonight at Mississippi Studios!

A free show not enough of a prize for you? How about we throw in a nifty, band-branded Viewmaster, too?


Here's what we wrote about Octopus Project in this week's paper: [8-BIT BOOGIE] In touring the country as a rock band, Austin’s Octupus Project may be on the wrong path. Its DayGlo synth textures and skittering drum patterns are certain to shake some booties in a darkened club, but the band’s true calling might be found in the c...   More
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Sept. 9-15


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
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Forever Ruined

Kathleen Hanna’s new(ish) riot.

Music Stories
No one believed Kathleen Hanna was sick.  Sure, she hadn’t put out an album in a few years, but she hadn’t exactly gone into hiding. In New York, where she relocated after establishing    More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Andrew W.K.

On Party Fouls

Music Stories
Andrew W.K. is a head-banging philosopher, a paragon of positivity and a raging, sweaty, sometimes-bloody ball of light. He’s also a musician, though that’s the least interesting part of his personality. His glittery thrash-pop   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Snoop Dogg Lion at the Roseland Theater, 8/27

So tired/Tired of waiting/Tired of waiting for Snoo-oo-oop!


In general, Portland is a pretty patient town. Ask our citizens to stand in line for hours for shitty doughnuts and foie gras ice cream and they’ll do so gladly, with a smile on their face. Waiting is part of the culture here.Ask them to wait nearly two hours to see Snoop Lion, though, and things start to get tense.Tuesday night at the Roseland, the rapper formerly known (and, let’s face...   More
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Albums

Music Stories
The trend of bands performing seminal albums live in their entirety is a double-edged phenomenon. On one hand, it kills the thrilling unpredictability of the set list, and forces audiences to sit    More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER, PETE COTTELL

Headout: The Thin White Duke Vs. The Thin White Girl

Determining the future mojo of the Moda center.

In 1995, the Rose Garden celebrated its opening with an inaugural concert by David Bowie, with Nine Inch Nails opening. Over the next 18 years, the arena enjoyed many more high-profile concerts,   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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