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Top Five N.W.A. Affiliates

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1. Arabian Prince If Ren was Ringo, Arabian Prince was N.W.A.’s Pete Best. An original member of the Felonious Five, he got squeezed out prior to Straight Outta Compton blowing up. But his electro-   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Here's Your MusicfestNW Schedule

Plus, the full slate of night shows!

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Did you know MusicfestNW is less than two weeks away? Well, it is. And just to make it all the more real, we've got the schedule. You can check out the full lineup for the main part of the festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park below, along with the slate of associated night shows, whi...   More
Monday, August 10, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: D'Angelo at Crystal Ballroom, 8/9


For much of the last decade and a half, Michael Eugene Archer has been living as a ghost. At the turn of the millennium, the singer known as D’Angelo made an epochal R&B record, stood naked before the world, then vanished from view. Whe...   More
Monday, August 10, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Chicano Batman: Thursday, Aug. 6 at Doug Fir

They’ll save the world—and then they’ll take you to the prom.

Music Stories
Earlier this year, fans arriving early to dates on Jack White’s Lazaretto tour were met with a sight few were prepared for—four brown dudes in ruffled tuxedo shirts, jamming out a psychedelic mela   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Gaytheist and Rabbits

Gay*Bits (Good to Die)

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[BRUTAL BROMANCE] As musical couplings go, Gaytheist and Rabbits are a match made in a center for tinnitus research. Beyond sheer volume, the Portland punk-metal agitators also share a common distaste   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Five Must-See Acts at Pickathon

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1. Leon Bridges Retro soul is played out, but this kid’s brand—more Sam Cooke than Motown—is so authentic it’s like he stowed away in Doc Brown’s DeLorean after the Enchantment Under t   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Thursday, July 23

Drummer Riley Geare is UMO’s backbone, but he’s also one of Portland’s rising studio wizards.

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A glance at Riley Geare’s wrist will tell you he hasn’t been home for a few weeks. He was, until recently, on the road, playing drums with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and his forearm is a rainbow of   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The 2015 PDX Pop Now! Yearbook

A look at eight of the superlative acts playing the annual local music festival.

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IMAGE: WW StaffValedictorian: Vinnie Dewayne <a href="http://vinniedewayne.bandcamp.com/album/rites-of-passage-ep-before-the-scholar">Rites of Passage EP: Before the Scholar by Vinnie Dewayne   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Theo Craig Out As Booker of Rontoms Sunday Sessions

Bar owner says the local-music showcase is going in a "new direction."


Rontoms Sunday Sessions is undergoing a “change in direction,” according to the bar’s eponymous owner, and it doesn't involve talent buyer Theo Craig. Beginning in October, Craig, who has booked the popular weekly local-music showcase at the East Burnside bar since 2012, will be replaced by the venue’s sound engineer, Boone How...   More
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia To Film a Full Episode at Pickathon

Fred and Carrie to be joined on the main stage by "incredible special music guest."


Put a bird on Pickathon! Or something! Sorry, I haven't paid attention to Portlandia for a long time, so I'm not up to date on the catch phrases. Regardless, the apparently still-ongoing sketch-comedy show—which was just nominated for two Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Sketch S...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER
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