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Introducing...: Haunted Spaceship


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Who: Toni Hill (vocals), Colin Luba (producer). Sounds like: A neo-soul space opera.  For fans of: Little Dragon, Kid Cudi, Natasha Kmeto, Deltron 3030. Why you care: Toni Hill’s voice is a    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Guided By Voices at Wonder Ballroom, 6/7

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There must be some alternate universe along the space-time continuum where Guided By Voices is the biggest band in the world. That's certainly how the group has carried itself through the last 30 years. Started as a sort of bite-sized, basement-brand version of the Who, GBV is basically a decades-old rock'n'roll fantasy camp for midwestern songwriting ma...   More
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Here's The PDX Pop Now! Lineup

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The PDX Pop Now lineup is here! As usual, the annual all-ages, all-local, all-free Portland music festival presents a kind of wide-angle view of the city's music scene as it exists right at this moment. No huge, nationally recognizable names—the biggest are Wampire, Blouse and Portland Cello Project—but then, that's ne...   More
 
Sunday, June 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Dragging an Ox Through Water

Panic Sentry (Party Damage)


Album Reviews
[DRONE AMERICANA] Above being a musician, Portland’s Brian Mumford is a mad scientist. Though he does his songwriting on a junky acoustic guitar in desperate need of fresh strings, his passion i   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Quitting Time

As he prepares to put Dolorean to rest, songwriter Al James reflects on a decade of touring the world, being the opening band and missing Portland.


Music Stories
All things must pass, though some things stick around longer than others. In an ephemeral music scene like Portland’s, Dolorean has been a symbol of longevity. Through 12 years and five albums   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Psychomagic


Music Stories
Who: Steven Fusco (vocals, guitar), Stone Laurila (guitar), Anthony Brisson (drums, backing vocals), Scott Page (bass), Eddie Bond (keyboards). Sounds like: If Jason Segel’s character in Forget   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Grammies at Habesha Lounge, 5/21

Photos from the jazzy instrumental hip-hop duo and recent Best New Band finalist's last show...for now.

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In the introduction to this year's Best New Band issue, we mentioned how quickly Portland's music scene turns over, with bands breaking up almost as soon as the city discovers them. Well, it's happened again: Grammies, the instrumental breakbeat jazz d...   More
 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Dave Chappelle Is Suddenly Performing at Helium This Week

Tickets for Saturday's shows still available...for now.

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Dave Chappelle, phantom stand-up comic, has spent the decade since walking away his epochal Comedy Central show seemingly doing nothing but lifting weights and popping in randomly at comedy clubs across the country. He did it in Portland back in 2009, though that was less a performance...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Wrangling Sasquatch

Who to see—and who to avoid—at this year’s Sasquatch music festival.


Music Stories
Let’s face it: If you’re driving four hours to middle-of-nowhere Washington for Sasquatch this weekend, it’s probably to see Outkast. But there’s a lot of other stuff happening before an   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Mimicking Birds

Eons (Glacial Pace)


Album Reviews
[CELESTIAL FOLK] In 2009, before the release of its first album, Mimicking Birds opened for Glacial Pace label boss Isaac Brock’s band, Modest Mouse, at Crystal Ballroom, and the audience chat   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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