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After emerging from the suburbs of Seattle in 1997, the Blood Brothers spent a solid decade at the forefront of Northwest hardcore. Before its implosion, the sextet had become a seemingly irrepressibl ...   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 SHANE DANAHER

Revival Drum Shop Opens Saturday

“There's no other store like this,” writes Jose Medeles, and judging from early reports on his Revival Drum Shop, it's hard to argue with him.

The Northeast Portland shop, brainchild of Medeles (who plays the drums for the Breeders) and fellow rhythm junkie Scott McPher...   More
Thursday, January 29, 2009 by SHANE DANAHER

LIVE REVIEW: Quasi, Eat Skull, at the Doug Fir, Saturday, Jan. 10

When you're hovering as close to “living legend” status as Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes, you can afford to call on your hometown's best and brightest to help you fill out a bill.

Never ones to waste such an opportunity, Weiss and Combs summoned an A-list (or at least the Po...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 by SHANE DANAHER

Group Hug: The Hugs Return Stateside

While most musical careers progress in something of a straight line, the Hugs' rise to prominence has developed like a Rorschach test committed to paper by a Parkinson's victim during a sneezing fit.

The Hugs' four members had scarcely graduated from Cleveland High School when they we...   More
Friday, December 19, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER

Exit Interview: A Fond Farewell to Strangers Die Every Day

“I think that we all realized that we made the artistic statement that we wanted to make,” says Stirling Myles, bassist for Strangers Die Every Day.

He has a right to be retrospective at this point, as Strangers throws in the towel after a half-decade of navigating t...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER

Hazard County: Q&A With Bladen County Records' Matt Brown and Joe Bowden

It hasn't taken long for Bladen County Records to become a regional touchstone. The label's commitment to its indie-folk roster has been turning heads for the majority of its yearlong existence as it releases LPs from such outstanding local artists as the Builders and the Butchers and Oh Ca...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER

Passing Through: Ex-Blood Brothers' Drummer Preps Hip-Hop Project Champagne Champagne

With the Thermals set to play back-to-back shows this weekend (including an all ages matinee on Saturday!), we got all excited in our listing and barely mentioned that Seattle hip-hop trio Champagne Champagne will also be rocking the mic at both shows. Luckily, our own Shane Danaher was able to...   More
Thursday, December 4, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER

Gratitude For Animals: An Introduction to Gratitillium

This week our ace freelancer Shane Danaher conducted an interview with Nick Caceres of Gratitillium, which should have been posted yesterday before the band's debut show opening for Jared Mees and the Grown Children last night. It's still a great read, and we'll have to...   More
Saturday, November 22, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER

SLEEPYHEAD, No School (Dismal City)

What happens when you have just too much good stuff to run in print? You get extra-special web goodies. Here's Shane Danaher's take on the new Sleepyhead record.

Sleepyhead's Kevin Elder has remained low on the Portland hip-hop radar for reasons that are at best unclear—...   More
Monday, October 20, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER

Live Review: Sound Judgment Festival, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11 (Updated with More Photos)

Arya Imig, aka the “Godfather of House Shows,” had a birthday this past weekend and, in keeping with his encyclopedic involvement in local music, hosted a two day, 26 band extravaganza to commemorate the occasion.

Split between two of the city's finest domiciles/music ...   More
Monday, October 13, 2008 by SHANE DANAHER
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