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!!!: Monday, June 3

How does a veteran dance band get out of a lull? Easy: Dance harder.


Music Stories
[!!!DANCE¡¡¡] When !!! first undulated out of Northern California in the late 1990s, the underground hadn’t yet gotten its groove back. Disco was still a dirty word, the phrase “four on the   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, May 20-26

pdxcharts

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
 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Hangover Mad Libs


Movie Reviews & Stories
In the first Hangover sequel, writer-director Todd Phillips took the formula of his surprise mega-hit original, covered it in shit and pig’s blood, and came away with a mean, lazy, cash-grabbing   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Choose or Lose

Stressing over your Sasquatch schedule? Let us assist you.


Music Stories
Festivals are a drain—not just physically, but mentally too. As if wading through a sea of tweens in feathered headdresses for four days wasn’t exhausting enough, the performance schedule of   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Bombino: Sunday, May 26

A displaced Saharan guitar genius finds stability in stardom.


Music Stories
 Omara Moctar has spent his life on the run. In 1990, at age 10, the Saharan-born guitarist, who grew up in an encampment of nomadic Tuaregs in northern Niger, escaped to Algeria wit   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Gaytheist

Hold Me…But Not So Tight (Good to Die)


Album Reviews
[PUNK METAL] As the Minutemen’s Mike Watt once observed, a good song title is worth a thousand lyrics. With Gaytheist, that advice is well-heeded: Lest anyone feel fatigued by the bulldozing pun   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Pendulum," Pure Bathing Culture

moon tides

If I told you the new single from Pure Bathing Culture was dreamy and heart-swelling, would you really be surprised? Probably not. And that's what makes "Pendulum," the first song released from the duo's full-length debut, Moon Tides, a perfect choice to introduce the group to a national audience. Last we heard from ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

One Door of Perception Closes, Another Opens

Ray Manzarek is gone, but is Jim Morrison still with us...and living in rural Oregon?

morrison

Yesterday, the world lost Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who succumbed to cancer at age 74. While I went through a major Doors period at one point in my life—and will still contend the band is unfairly maligned in modern rock-crit consciousness—   More
 
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, May 6-12

pdxcharts

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, May 15, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

Happy 90th Birthday, Harry Smith!

Interviews with Rani Singh, director of the Harry Smith Archives, and musician Joe McMurrian, organizer of Harry Smith's One Kind Favor: A Tribute Concert to the Anthology of American Folk Music.

one kind favor

This month, proto-hippie shaman and Portland-born polymath Harry Smith turns 90, and his hometown is throwing him a party. Several, in fact. Never mind that he died in 1991: Considering the man’s resume, the milestone deserves a celebration, regardless of where his spirit resides. Along with being an accomplished experimental fi...   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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