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Photo Review: Willamette Week's Best New Band Showcase at Mississippi Studios, 5/17


If you ask me, this year's Best New Band showcase, which took place this past Saturday, was the best in a long while. But then, maybe I'm slightly biased. Still, you can't underestimate the difficulty of getting all three of the top acts on the same bill. Last year, which was my first on the job, we had ...   More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2014: The Ballots

A peek at music-based democracy in action.

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Every year, in the spirit of transparency—and to make it perfectly clear that Best New Band is a poll, not an arbitrary list—we publish the ballots of every Best New Band voter. What follows is that list of voters names, titles and the bands or artists that they casted votes for. If the vote...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Portland Horror Stories

Eight chilling tales to share as genre authors descend on Portland for the World Horror Convention.

It’s a rainy night. You’re trying to turn left off Burnside and find that you cannot. You’re forced to ascend into the West Hills, where you’re finally able to turn around, in the driveway   More

R.I.P. Langano Lounge

On the eve of its final show, three regulars eulogize the Ethiopian restaurant turned basement music club—and the piece of Portland culture it represents.


Langano Lounge, the basement bar beneath Jarra's Ethiopian Restaurant local musicians turned into an underground, experimental party spot, is throwing its final show ever tomorrow night, as the building is about to be torn down to make way for a new apartment complex. We asked three regulars to eulogize the place that, for a lot of old-school Portlanders, represents a part of Portland that is rapi...   More
Friday, May 2, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Jackpot Records is Closing Its Downtown Location

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Jackpot Records has announced it will be closing its downtown location effective June 30. According to a statement from owner Isaac Slusarenko, the decision to shutter the longstanding Portland record store, which opened in 1997, is less about economics than it is "a move that will help us focus more energy and resources on ot...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: The Pizza Underground at Mississippi Studios, 4/29


If a pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band featuring a '90s child actor was going succeed anywhere, it had to be Portland, right? In a city whose major tourist destination is a place that sells dick-shaped doughnuts, it'd almost be shocking if the show didn't sell out. And so it was with little surprise that an SRO crowd at Mississippi Studios stayed up past midnight on a Tuesda...   More
Thursday, May 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: The Pharcyde’s Tre Hardson

On J Dilla

Music Stories
Though not a household name on the level of hip-hop’s other martyr figures, for true heads, the producer James Yancey—aka Jay Dee, aka J Dilla—is a saint on par with Tupac, Biggie and Jam Ma   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Renaissance Coalition

Portland hip-hop’s odd future is now.

Music Stories
Copycat rappers, unimaginative rappers, pretty rappers, Portland rappers who film themselves rapping on bridges—that’s that shit the Renaissance Coalition doesn’t like. Add Dwight Howard t   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The MusicfestNW 2014 Lineup Is Here!

Girl Talk, Spoon, Haim, Future Islands and more play Waterfront Park, Aug. 16-17


Here it is: The MusicfestNW 2014 lineup.  As previously announced, it's got way less bands than usual, because the festival has shrunken down to two days and will be held exclusively in Tom McCall Waterfront Park. But you know what they say: quality over quantity. And the bill's ...   More
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, April 21-27


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
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

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