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Jon Fine, Your Band Sucks

Our band could ruin your life.

It’s time to admit that punk rock failed. In terms of widespread cultural revolution, punk and its offspring now sit at the losers’ table with the hippies, watching as hip-hop and electronic   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Griever State

A guide to Sufjan Stevens’ Oregon.

Music Stories
Sufjan Stevens’ new record might be his “Oregon album,” but don’t expect to see him in ads for the tourism bureau any time soon. “I forgive you, mother, I can hear you/ And I long to b   More

Sandy Hut: Bar Rescue

Bar Reviews
“Whooooooooa!” A dozen heads turn toward the potbellied man in the white NASCAR hat and Jimmy Buffett tour T-shirt standing in the doorway. “I like the light in here!” At last, they’ve   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Local Music Podcasts

Top 5
1. Party Boyz (soundcloud.com/party-boyz-pdx) Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder—Portland’s Abbi and Ilana—shoot the shit with various local bands over brunch, often with hilariously digre   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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
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