After four decades off the grid, a soul-funk genius resumes his career.
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
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
For six days, the entire city of Portland is bonded by a strip of plastic.
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
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.
Let Amenta Abioto clear her throat. You won’t regret it.
[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
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
Born: In Portland in 1939.
Sounds like: All those new retro-soul singers you
love, except Thomas isn’t some Motown-Stax museum installation: He
actually lived it, and he’s still living
[ORCHESTRAL POP] Well, Portland, hopefully you didn’t
expect Typhoon to stay yours forever. A band built like a junior
orchestra clearly has ambitions no basement could contain for long. With