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The Pick Of The ’Thon

Pickathon’s must-see artists and the best stages to see them on.

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If the buzz around town is any indication, this is the most anticipated Pickathon in a long time, maybe ever. Incidentally, it is also perhaps the least rootsy lineup the festival has put togeth   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Jordan Dykstra: Sunday, Aug. 3

A college dropout leaves Portland to drop back in.

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Jordan Dykstra came to Portland after college—after dropping out of college, to be precise. He left Azusa Pacific University, a private Christian campus in suburban L.A., where he was studyi   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pabst Announces New Portland Music Festival

Project Pabst brings Modest Mouse, Tears for Fears, GZA, Constantines on Sept. 26-28.


No doubt you were sitting around, in between recovering from    More
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

The PDX Pop Now! Superlatives

From Wampire's pancakes to Myke Bogan's spliff, our favorite moments from this year's all-Portland music festival.

tre redeau with vinnie dewayne 4 mps

I’ll admit it: After last Friday night, I was preparing to write PDX Pop Now’s obituary. Or at least a lengthy think-piece about the shifting tides of Portland youth culture. The all-ages local music festival was created 11 years ago to galvanize a flourishing music community and engage a demographic often shut out of the scene, and it’s been one of the city’s most anticipated annual tradi...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Dub Thompson, Paper/Upper/Cuts, Adventurous Sleeping

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[SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up nearby: Nothing cool has ever come out of Agoura Hills, Calif. Sure, the wealthy L.A. suburb has produced its share of nationally recognizable    More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Grape God

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Sounds like: A chopped-and-screwed street-corner prophet trying to reveal the secrets of the universe after taking one too many Xanax. For fans of: Mac Dre, DJ Screw, Earl Sweatshirt, Sa-Ra Creativ   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Flaming Lips to Play Free Show in Waterfront Park

The psych-rock vets will perform Aug. 3 as part of Major League Soccer's All-Star Week festivities.

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Get your sparkly capes, confetti blasters, fake blood and furry costumes ready, Timbers fans: Alt-rock acid casualties the Flaming Lips are playing a free show in Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Sunday, Aug. 3. It's part of Major League Soccer All-Star Week, and a nice aperit...   More
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Why You Should See TJ Miller at Helium This Week

These five Silicon Valley clips should be enough to convince you.


T.J. Miller is one of "Those Guys"—an actor whose face you vaguely recognize but ...   More
Thursday, July 17, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW Announces Schedule, After-Parties

Future Islands, Superchunk, El-P and more to play intimate shows around the festival.


You know you're in the thick of summer when every other blog post is about an upcoming music festival announcing its schedule.Monday was PDX Pop Now. Today, it's MusicfestNW. Don't worry: Unlike in the past, when the festival took place at multiple venues scattered throughout town, you won't have to make any agonizing choices this year, as the 18 bands are spread across two alternating ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Top of the Pop

Ten bands you didn’t know you need to see at PDX Pop Now.

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If you’ve suddenly developed an interest in the racket being made in your backyard, there’s no easier way to orient yourself with the Portland music scene circa right now than PDX Pop Now. Thi   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
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