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The 13th Deadly Cyn

Why did Cyndi Lauper hate her Goonies song so much?

Culture Features
The Goonies weren’t good enough for Cyndi Lauper. Oh, sure, she’s on record stating the opposite. But for the better part of 30 years, the iconic, baby-voiced singer of “Girls Just Want to   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Sucks To Be KPSU

New budget cuts hit Portland State University's student-run radio station, continuing its "slow slide into irrelevancy."


At a time when local community radio is beginning to thrive, the influence of college radio in Portland continues to shrink, particularly where KPSU is concerned. Last week, Portland State University's campus radio station had its budget for the upcoming academic term slashed by almost 40 percent, removing two paid staff positi...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

WATCH: A Short Documentary On North Portland's Lost Jazz Scene

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"Gentrification" is Portland's word of the year. But while viral apartment-complex marketing videos and crime-scene selfies are 21st-century innovati...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Spin the Squared Circle

The Mountain Goats vs. The Wrestling Album!

Music Stories
Professional wrestling isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of songwriter John Darnielle (even though “the Mountain Goats” is a totally viable tag-team name). But wit   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Omega Supreme Records: Saturday, May 30

Gotta have that funk? This is the label to get it from.

Music Stories
Before he started his own record label, James Vance had already tried his hand at just about everything you would expect of someone who grew up submerged in hip-hop culture: graffiti, breakdan   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, May 11-17


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 20, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Heart In Darkness

Before she could love again, Corrina Repp had to suffer. She’s used to it, though.

Music Stories
When Corrina Repp finishes a project, she is truly finished with it. Nine years ago, after completing her last solo record, she and her boyfriend, 31Knots’ Joe Haege, formed the noir-pop group   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Best New Band Showcase 2015 at Mississippi Studios, 5/15


It was the best of polls, it was the worst of polls. This year's Best New Band issue contained multitudes. Our annual survey of Portland's local music connoisseurs produced a list with great bands, more hip-hop artists than ever before—and only a single woman. It's a gross aberration, given how we...   More
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2015: The Ballots

A peek at music-based democracy in action.


Every year, in the spirit of transparency—and to make it perfectly clear that Best New Band is a poll, not an arbitrary list—we publish the ballots of every Best New Band voter. What follows is that list of voters names, titles and the bands or artists that they casted votes for. If the ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Five Past Best New Band Finalists Re-Emerging In 2015

Top 5
1. Copy (No. 1, 2006) The keytar-wielding, video-game-hero-come-to-life is releasing his first album in five years this week (see review). 2. Valet (No. 3, 2008) In June, Honey Owens’ etherea   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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