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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

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Aug. 5-11


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, August 14, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Rob Sheffield, Turn Around Bright Eyes

Sing us a song/You’re the writer man!

Karaoke ruined Rob Sheffield’s life, and it’s the best thing that could’ve happened to him.  In 2000, the lanky Rolling Stone writer was a 33-year-old widower living, ominously enough,    More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Ural Thomas

Music Stories
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    More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Typhoon

White Lighter (Roll Call)

Album Reviews
[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    More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Pure Bathing Culture

Moon Tides (Partisan)

Album Reviews
[LUCID DREAM-POP] All there is to know about Pure Bathing Culture is contained in “Pendulum,” the track that opens the duo’s debut full-length. A heartthrob drum-machine pattern introduces D   More
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Best of Pickathon 2013

Dale Watson's tour bus, the Relatives' suits, judgmental square dancers and more of the most awesome things at the best lil' roots-ish music festival in town!

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Another Pickathon is in the books, and like most music festivals, it takes a few days to recover from. Unlike most music festivals, the exhaustion always feels worth it. Although this year’s installment may have priced out a few regulars—blame the inflated rates at least partially on Feist, perhaps the biggest-name headliner the fest has scored yet, but the crowds certainly seemed a bit ...   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: The Ten Meth Commandments

What Breaking Bad has taught us about being a suburban drug lord.

1. Always start the morning with a hearty breakfast. High-grade meth is made from a precise combination of phenylacetone and methylamine, but the ingredients for a good day at the lab are pancakes   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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