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"God Hates Portland Trail Blazers," According to Westboro Baptist Church

Kansas-based hate group plans to protest outside Moda Center this Saturday.

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Everyone's (least) favorite extremist Christian trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church, are coming to Portland this weekend, and have announced their intent to take in a Blazers game. Excuse me, that should read take on a Blazers game. According to a press release faxed to the WW office, the Topeka-based ministr...   More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Tracks," Divers

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Man, if I would've known Divers were finally putting out an album this year, they totally would've made our Most Anticipated Portland Albums of 2015 list. So let's amend that now: The anthemic punk four-piece is releasing Hello Hello (via former WW Music Editor Casey Jarman's    More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Fifteen For ’15

Ranking the most-anticipated local albums of the coming year.


Album Reviews
If there were a Geiger counter to subjectively measure the year in music, the results would say that 2014 was not a particularly great one. Outside of D’Angelo finally emerging from the wild   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Hear Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 17-Minute Jam "SB-02"

Oh, the things musicians record over the holidays to get away from the relatives for a few hours!

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Got 17 minutes and some mind-altering substances to spare? Then take a moment to decompress from the holidays with Unknown Mortal Orchestra.  Last year around this time, the Portland-via-New Zealand psych-pop trio uploaded a 22-minute ambient drift called "SB-01...   More
 
Friday, December 26, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Gracie’s at Hotel deLuxe: Merry Christmas


Bar Reviews
Maybe it’s childhood church services, or maybe it’s just memories cribbed from movies, but there’s something reassuring about being in a large, ornate room during the holidays. A space that    More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW SINGER

Revolution Hall Announces Shows For Preview Weekend

Alialujah Choir, Wild Ones and Dan Savage to inaugurate new Southeast Portland venue in February.

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Revolution Hall isn't officially opening until April, but the new venue currently under construction inside the former Washington High School in Southeast Portland has announced a handful of shows for ...   More
 
Thursday, December 18, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

City Auditor's Office Releases Its Investigation Into Portland Police's Treatment of Hip-Hop Shows

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The city's Independent Police Review has released its investigation of the Portland Police Bureau's handling of local hip-hop shows—and finds that city regulators, police officers and state liquor officials don't have a "unified policy" in dealing with concerts.  The review was sparked by a March incident where Portland-based rapper Illmaculate    More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

A New Way to Praise

With Deeper Well Records, Evan Way wants to broaden the definition of "Christian music"


Music Stories
Not all Christian music is created equal, especially on Deeper Well Records. The label, started by Evan Way of Portland-via-L.A. folk-rock group the Parson Red Heads, was founded to combat the per   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)


Album Reviews
[GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Modest Mouse Finally Confirms New Album

UPDATE: Now with title, artwork and studio audio of the first single!

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And the hits keep on coming—and by that, I mean the hits of the mid-aughts: Following the resurrections of Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists, Modest Mouse has confirmed that it too will finally return to the land of the contemporary in the early part of 2015, releasing its first album in eight years. As first reported by    More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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