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Show Preview: Swans, Carla Bozulich, Grouper


Music Stories
[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an urban myth, but it might as well be true   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

In The City

The story of Portland’s original all-ages gay nightclub.


Music Stories
The first time Daniel Schaefer went to the City Nightclub—the only all-ages gay dance club in Portland and, at the time, the country—he and his friends spent half an hour dawdling out front,   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Eagles’ Greatest Hits

The most reviled band of the ’70s is coming to the Moda Center. Here are the worst things ever said about them.


Headout
Everyone hates the Eagles. Not literally everyone, of course. A band doesn’t sell 40 million copies of a greatest-hits record without having a few fans. But you know you’re despised when the   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Has Died

The band's weekend shows at Oregon Zoo will continue as scheduled.

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Derek Rieth, for two decades a percussionist in Portland pop orchestra Pink Martini, has died, the band announced via its Facebook page this afternoon.  Rieth, born in 1971, played several instruments for the band, including drums, bongos and finger cymbals.  No cause of ...   More
 
Friday, August 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Hoverfest: YOB, Danava, Acid King, Witch Mountain, Eight Bells, Wounded Giant, Holy Grove, Mountain God


Music Stories
[AMPS OF DESTRUCTION] Four years ago, Nial McGaughey (pictured) sat down on his couch and, for no particular reason, decided to build an amplifier. It wasn’t a totally left-field decision: He we   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Best. Simpsons Episodes. Ever.

Clear your calendar. Set your DVR. The Simpsons marathon is coming.


Culture Features
What are you doing for the next 12 days? Zilch? Good. Because Homer, Bart, Disco Stu, Jub-Jub, Frank “Grimey” Grimes, Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo and the rest are coming to your living ro   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 RUTH BROWN, AP KRYZA, MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Phantogram

Hearing voices, seeing visions, making big beats.


MFNW 2014
The members of Phantogram used to make music for the movies playing in their heads. Now they write songs for actual movie stars. “Bill Murray,” from the electro-pop duo’s lavish new album, V   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Tune-Yards

How Portland discovered the eccentric genius of Merrill Garbus.


MFNW 2014
Merrill Garbus is a rock star—as much of a rock star as someone who makes tribalist art-funk can be, at least. The three worldly, off-center albums she’s released as Tune-Yards—including thi   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW 2014: Fucked Up

How punk’s most progressive band brought itself back to life—at least for now.


MFNW 2014
Rumors of Fucked Up’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, most of all by the members of Fucked Up. Coming off the road for its most ambitious achievement, the 2011 double album David Comes to    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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