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From The Vault: Doug Fir's Grand Opening

"But can this overhyped lounge love affair last?"

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Ten years ago today, a swanky lounge-cum-rock club posing as a retro-futurist ski lodge opened on East Burnside. A decade later, the Doug Fir Lounge is a Portland institution. It is arguably the best-sounding venue in town. Rolling Stone declared it    More
 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Video: Hustle & Drone x Damian Lillard, "Again & Again"

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Well, It was only a matter of time before someone set Damian Lillard's #4BarFriday verses to a beat, and we probably should've guessed Portland synth-pop maestros Hustle and Drone would be the ones to do it. After all, the group's last video was actually shot on the court inside an em...   More
 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

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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 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Flirting With The Flicks

The new Elliott Smith documentary puts the focus where it belongs: His music.


Music Stories
The phrase “a documentary on Elliott Smith” must induce a twinge of post-traumatic stress in fans of the late singer-songwriter, not to mention those who actually knew him. The last time s   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Iconic Lounge: Bar Review

Hollywood Babylon


Bar Reviews
When one thinks of classic Hollywood, certain images immediately leap to mind. A brooding Marlon Brando in a tight T-shirt, cigarette perched between his fingers. Dustin Hoffman being seduced by   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Now Slabtown Is Closing

The Northwest Portland punk club's final show is Nov. 1.

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And Portland's Barmageddon continues: Slabtown, the iconic Northwest Portland rock'n'roll club, is closing permanently, owner Doug Rogers announced on Facebook today. The final show is Nov. 1. The club, which has been around in various incarnations since the '70s, became    More
 
Saturday, October 4, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Pranks, Lies and Videotape

The Dandy Warhols and Dig!, a decade later.


Music Stories
Of all the damning moments for the Dandy Warhols in the 2004 documentary Dig!, the worst occurs the morning after a wild party at the shared house of their friends, fellow psych-rockers the Bria   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Skeleton Twins

Two of a kind.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Some twins can finish each other’s sentences, or guess what number the other is imagining with to-the-decimal-point accuracy. In The Skeleton Twins, Maggie and Milo’s sibling ESP manifests i   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Worldly Cups

Where to get coffee styles from around the globe in Portland.


Coffee Guide
DARK-ROAST ESPRESSO MACCHIATO - ITALY Caffe Umbria, 303 NW 12th Ave., 241-5300, caffeumbria.com. Caffe Umbria clings to tradition, in part because owner Emanuele Bizzarri is familiar with the    More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, MATTHEW SINGER

Who Is Magic Sword?

Mysterious masked men are coming to deliver Portland from evil via heavy sci-fi electro dance jams. We lift the veil...sort of.

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During what turned out to be the United States' final game of the World Cup earlier this year, the receptionist at Willamette Week came upstairs to pull me away from the office television. "You need to see this," she said. A pair of faceless druids sheathed in black cloaks were kneeling before the front desk, offering me a plastic light saber and a business card with the image of a medieval ...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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