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

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

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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.


Headout
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

Top Five Tips For Surviving MusicfestNW


Top 5
Study the schedule. Winging it is fun and all, until you’ve stumbled upon nothing to your liking, then you realize Deerhunter just started at the Crystal and you’re at Roseland, and then you    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: Shuggie Otis

After four decades off the grid, a soul-funk genius resumes his career.


MFNW 2013
When an artist vanishes for 40 years, rumors are going to spread, none of them good. So it was with Shuggie Otis. Nearly four decades passed after the release of his third album, the psychedelic soul masterpiece    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: Musicfest is Rubbish

The return of Britain’s angriest punk.


MFNW 2013
In late-’70s England, there wasn’t a more fearsome creature prowling the streets of London than Ian Rubbish. The levels of bile pumping through his spleen made Johnny Rotten look like Mr. Bean   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2013: Welcome to MusicfestNW

For six days, the entire city of Portland is bonded by a strip of plastic.


MFNW 2013
At MusicfestNW, the feedback permanently humming in the Pacific Northwest air turns into a tangible object wrapped around our wrists. In the daylight hours, when the noise is replaced by quiet a   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Stones Throw Records


Music Stories
Founded: In 1996 in Los Angeles. Signature style: Hip-hop based around crackling rare grooves repurposed for rappers less willfully eccentric than just supremely, transcendently high.  For    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Amenta Abioto: Friday, Aug. 23

Let Amenta Abioto clear her throat. You won’t regret it.


Music Stories
[AVANT-GARDE SOUL] Singer Amenta Abioto thinks of herself as a magician. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean she goes around pulling quarters out from behind the ears of the audience. She’s refer   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: 20 Feet From Stardom

Backup plan.


Brew Views
Life is unfair, and the music industry is worse. If there were a rubric to figure out what makes one performer a household name and another just one more name in the liner notes, the history of po   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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