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Chappelle’s Non-Show

Remembering the night Dave Chappelle took over Portland—and didn’t even perform.


Culture Features
Forget the Arab Spring: For me, the true power of social media emerged on July 14, 2009, the day Dave Chappelle shut down Portland. A rumor, spread via Twitter, that the elusive comic was planni   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Louie Louie," the Cry! (featuring the Kingsmen's Mike Mitchell)

PLUS! A few tidbits about the ultimate garage rock nugget on the eve of Portland's inaugural Louie Louie Day!

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Andy Warhol famously noted that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. He failed to mention that at least half will get theirs by covering “Louie Louie.” It’s the greatest example of a song taking on a life of its own: If the downtown Portland studio where the Kingsmen laid down their definitive version collapsed immediately after the ses...   More
 
Friday, October 4, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Sept. 23-29

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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, October 2, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Legend of Hazel

A story of bearded Cupids, Christmas lights and Portland’s favorite songwriter.


Music Stories
Hazel didn’t care about being famous. It only wanted to be legendary. Which helps explain the Christmas lights. The power-pop foursome, led by singer-songwriter Pete Krebs, played its first s   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Bill O'Reilly to Cover Oregon and Dave Depper: Shut Up, Pinheads!

O'Reilly's Website labels commercial featuring local musician's song "dumbest ad ever."

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Add Portland musician, Ram re-creator, and touring member of Menomena (among a grillion other bands), Dave Depper, to the expansive list of things that really get Bill O'Reilly's goat.OK, so maybe Papa Bear has little idea what his web-monkeys are posti...   More
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Sept. 16-22

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
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 by MATTHEW SINGER

It’s Nardwuar!

Meet Canada’s greatest music journalist. Seriously.


Music Stories
“Is this dude for real?” That’s the common reaction most people have upon seeing “guerrilla journalist” Nardwuar the Human Serviette for the first time. It’s a fair question. Dressed   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Nardwuar’s Top Five Greatest Interviews


Top 5
Nardwuar vs. Mikhail Gorbachev (1993) Proving early on that he can ask the tough questions of political figures as well as musicians, a young Nardwuar finagled his way into a press conference and   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Here, My Dear

With Body/Head, Kim Gordon picks up the pieces—then stabs her guitar.


Music Stories
Kim Gordon doesn’t fit the mold of “celebrity divorcee.” That’s a role better suited for a much younger, more famous type of pop starlet, the kind who enters into a shotgun marriage for th   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Magic Mouth

Devil May Care (Fast Weapons)


Album Reviews
[SOUL PUNK] Magic Mouth frontman Stephfon Bartee blasts off this four-song EP with a shout of, “Ain’t you got no shame?!” and the answer to that is embedded in the quaking, rockabilly-ish rave-u   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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