Photo Review: Sharon Van Etten at Doug Fir, 7/3

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Last week, before Nick Cave debased the Schnitz, his former touring partner, Sharon Van Etten, spent two nights bumming out the Doug Fir. Actually, despite the somber nature of her songbook—and in particular her most recent record, Are We There, an album mostly about the heartbreak of being a touring artist—the shows weren't that depressing. How could they be, really, coming from a performer ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”


Music Stories
Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Are We There Yet?

Sharon Van Etten’s life is a highway. She wants to pull over.


Music Stories
When Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returned from a grueling yearlong stint touring behind her 2012 album, Tramp, she was physically and emotionally spent. She promised her boyfriend    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Dawn Of Midi: Wednesday, June 18

Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time.


Music Stories
It’s not necessarily a reconstitution of New Orleans’ Congo Square—that trading spot where, back in the early 20th century, African, European and indigenous cultures got jumbled up and spat    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Sassparilla

Pasajero/Hullabaloo (Fluff & Gravy)


Album Reviews
[DEVILISH ROOTS] At its best, Portland’s Sassparilla surpasses its sundry influences. But more frequently, frontman Kevin Blackwell is    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Factory Floor, Dva Damas


Music Stories
[POST-INDUSTRIAL] London’s Factory Floor is a manufacturer that has fully embraced cottage industry over mass production. Forging some of the harshness of industrial with a lightness and space   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Searching for Shangri-Loo

Toiling to find Portland’s Palace of Pee.


Culture Features
Like so many others, this voyage of discovery begins with a game of Ms. Pac-Man. I’d lost, again, and decided to regroup by ridding my body of the PBR that was surely affecting my game. Instead    More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 PATRICIA SAUTHOFF

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