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The Last of the Sad Bastards

10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland.

Cover Story
Elliott Smith sang it himself: Pictures of him are always wrong. So the photo of him at Disneyland, taken in 1996, must be Photoshopped, right? The saddest songwriter in the world—a man who co   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Restaurant Guide 2013: El Inka

Restaurant Guide
48 NE Division St., Gresham, 491-0323, elinkarestaurant.com. [LOS POLLOS HERMANOS] Shoved away in a nondescript strip mall alongside a greasy Mexican joint and a party-supply store, Pollos a la B   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Restaurant Guide 2013: Mextiza

Restaurant Guide
2103 N Killingsworth St., 289-3709, mextiza.com. [PAN-MEXICAN] Mexican restaurants can impress most Portland gringos simply by serving burritos that manage to stay inside the tortilla. Mextiza owne   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Restaurant Guide 2013: Navarre

Restaurant Guide
10 NE 28th Ave., 232-3555, navarreportland.blogspot.com. [SIPS AND SMALL PLATES] Navarre wowed Portland when it opened in 2001, serving Italian-, French- and Spanish-inspired small plates with fo   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Red Fang

Whales and Leeches (Relapse)

Album Reviews
[MONSTROUS ROCK] In the clash of stoner-metal titans, Red Fang isn’t going to out-sexy Queens of the Stone Age or out-melody Torche or out-conceptualize its labelmate Baroness, but it will bully   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Neo Boys

Sooner or Later (K)

Album Reviews
[REDISCOVERED PUNK] Ninety seconds into this excavation of the deceptively named late-’70s proto-riot grrrls the Neo Boys, the band flubs a part, stops, and starts the song over, as a live crowd   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Chappelle’s Non-Show

Remembering the night Dave Chappelle took over Portland—and didn’t even perform.

Culture Features
Forget the Arab Spring: For me, the true power of social media emerged on July 14, 2009, the day Dave Chappelle shut down Portland. A rumor, spread via Twitter, that the elusive comic was planni   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Louie Louie," the Cry! (featuring the Kingsmen's Mike Mitchell)

PLUS! A few tidbits about the ultimate garage rock nugget on the eve of Portland's inaugural Louie Louie Day!


Andy Warhol famously noted that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. He failed to mention that at least half will get theirs by covering “Louie Louie.” It’s the greatest example of a song taking on a life of its own: If the downtown Portland studio where the Kingsmen laid down their definitive version collapsed immediately after the ses...   More
Friday, October 4, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Sept. 23-29


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, October 2, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Legend of Hazel

A story of bearded Cupids, Christmas lights and Portland’s favorite songwriter.

Music Stories
Hazel didn’t care about being famous. It only wanted to be legendary. Which helps explain the Christmas lights. The power-pop foursome, led by singer-songwriter Pete Krebs, played its first s   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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