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Top Five Chris Newman Projects


Top 5
Napalm BeachBy the time punk hit, Chris Newman was already in his 20s. Instead of disregarding the music of his youth, he filtered it through the velocity of the time, and laid the groundwork fo   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Nashville Soul

Cooper was born a barge-loader’s daughter. Now she’s sharing a stage with rock royalty.


Music Stories
If Nichole Lynn Cooper runs into Robert Plant backstage at the Waterfront Blues Festival, she has one hell of an icebreaker. Just before leaving Portland to attempt making it in Nashville, the t   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Wild Ones

Keep It Safe (Party Damage)


Album Reviews
[ELECTRO DREAM POP] There’s nothing all that wild about Wild Ones. If you’re looking for truth in advertising, Keep It Safe, the title of the quartet’s debut album, is a better indicator of wh   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: We Got the Beasts

Who do the Oregon Zoo’s rock-’n’-roll animals dig more: Huey Lewis, The B-52s or the Go-Go’s?


Headout
The animals of the Oregon Zoo might as well be living in Guantanamo Bay—or at least in the town from Footloose. Within the animals’ gilded cages, rock ’n’ roll is contraband: A sign at the   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, June 24-30

pdxcharts

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, July 2, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, June 17-24

pdxcharts

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
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Afghan Gigs

A Portland musician teaches Kabul youth how to rock.


Music Stories
In the United States, the phrase “rock school” rings a tad false. There’s nothing wrong with empowering kids through music they actually listen to, but teaching something as fundamentally no   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Mykki Blanco


Music Stories
Born: Michael Quattlebaum Jr. in 1986 in San Mateo, Calif. Sounds like: A gender-twisted gangster straight outta Hades, blasting holes through hip-hop’s hetero-normative heart, with enough wig    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)


Album Reviews
[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Trio Club: Three the Wrong Way


Bar Reviews
If you’re planning to hang out at Trio Club (909 E Burnside St., 234-5003), a word of advice: Sit by the windows. Far more entertaining than the gelled-up Beavertonian mangling “In the Air Ton   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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