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Photo Review: Sharon Van Etten at Doug Fir, 7/3


Last week, before Nick Cave debased the Schnitz, his former touring partner, Sharon Van Etten, spent two nights bumming out the Doug Fir. Actually, despite the somber nature of her songbook—and in ...   More
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”

Music Stories
Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Hotseat: Dave Allen

The former Gang of Four bassist talks Entertainment!, His new job at Beats Music and why he changed his mind about streaming.

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Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk group. When he quit after 1981’s Solid Gold, it was due to dr   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: "Smallest Man," Sunset Valley

A new digital compilation of Portland's turn-of-the-millennium indie heroes is out today on Barsuk Records.

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Here's what Jay Horton has to say about onetime Portland next-big-things Sunset Valley in the upcoming edition of Willamette Week:"Back when fin de millennium local indie veered between critically acclaimed projects of chin-scratching difficulty and the grimy excesses of 24-hour garage-party people, nobody ...   More
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, June 16-22


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, June 25, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Hear No Screamo

Our blind taste test of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.

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The Warped Tour is less like a fine wine than a gummy bear stuck in a car’s ashtray: The more it ages, the more unrecognizable it becomes. If you’re of a certain generation and grew up with a    More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Priests at Laughing Horse Books, 6/14


Washington, D.C., is no stranger to incendiary bands with a political agenda, of course. The sound of new-jack punks Priests is clearly indebted to the lineage of underground music in its home city, with scabrous guitars chafing against the elastic growls of singer Katie Alice Greer, a frontwoman from the Kathleen Hanna school of bash-you...   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing…: Ripley Snell

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Sounds like: An acid-rap marketing seminar. For fans of: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Edan, Bilal. Why you care: Ripley Snell is not a businessman, he’s a small business, man. That’s how   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Guesses As To Why Veruca Salt Is Reuniting

Top 5
To prove the real “Seether” is neither a South African grunge-metal band nor its terrible rendition of Veruca Salt’s original. If a bunch of grunting Creed-alikes stole the name of my hit sin   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Summer Guide 2014: Portland Lawn Games from Cornhole to Quidditch

A guide to the (barely) competitive Portland lawn-game scene.

Summer Guide
Portland loves games, but it has a complicated relationship with the concept of competition. (There’s a reason one of our two major professional sports teams has matches that can end in a frig   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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