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Finding God in the Game

Hip-hop A&R man turned preacher Cole Brown discusses the intersection of Jesus and Jay-Z with his book Lies Hip-Hop Told Me.


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Like many teens weaned on the MTV culture of the early ’90s, Cole Brown developed a love for hip-hop.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Witch Mountain

Cauldron of the Wild (Profound Lore)


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[HEAVY METAL] Witch Mountain’s past two albums have traced a stylistic devolution—not a regrettable situation, seeing as the Portland-based sludge-metal quartet (which features WW contributo   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Michael the Blind

Are’s & Els (Alder Street Records)


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[GONE ELECTRIC] Few musicians have carved as distinctive a niche in Portland’s singer-songwriter-scape as Michael Levasseur, aka Michael the Blind. In addition to making pat reference to his ext   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Killer Kitsch

Guantanamo Baywatch mines the dirty intersection of surf rock and punk.


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Chevelle Wiseman had never played bass when she agreed to be the bassist for Guantanamo Baywatch, a handicap she overcame by...    More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Wizard Rifle

Speak Loud Say Nothing (Seventh Rule Records)


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[SCRAP METAL] Sam Ford and Max Dameron, better known to Northwest metalheads as Wizard Rifle, create more noise than two human beings have any conceivable right to make. Composed of merely guitar,   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Checking in with Jared Mees on Tender Loving Empire's Priceless Music Project

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Last month, Tender Loving Empire sounded the proverbial trumpets in order to announce its plans for an ambitious, “pay-what-you-want” pricing system for its digital catalog. The label showed such excitement for what it dubbed the “Priceless Music Project” that label co-founders Jared and Brianna Mees even went so far as to offer middle-naming rights for their firstborn child to anyone will...   More
 
Thursday, February 2, 2012 by SHANE DANAHER

Primer: Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra


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Formed: 1999 in Montreal.  Sounds like: Orchestral punk epics drawn from sorrow, desolation and unease.  For fans of: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, Mount Eeri   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Tender Loving Empire Label Announces Pay-What-You-Like Pricing Scheme

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Interesting news this morning from the Tender Loving Empire camp. The local label/retailer/general-force–for-good is setting the gears in motion to begin selling its music according to a “pay-what-you-like” retail model. TLE describes what it is dubbing “The Priceless Music Project” in a document no less epic than a strai...   More
 
Thursday, December 8, 2011 by SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Serious Business

Kool (Futro)


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[ELECTRO HIP-HOP BANGERS] Kool, the debut album from Portland duo Serious Business, opens by comparing the group’s music to candy. That metaphor isn’t too far off base. Producer/MC Jason Mam   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 SHANE DANAHER

Larry and His Flask: Tuesday, Nov. 22

A Bend punk band makes an unlikely transformation into a gripping Americana act.


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[HILLBILLY PUNK] It’s not uncommon for a band to refine its sound with age, but when considering the discography of Bend’s Larry and His Flask, you’d be forgiven for thinking two separate    More
 
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 SHANE DANAHER
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