Introducing...: Phone Call


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Who: Bailey Winters (vocals, drums, bass, production), Johnny Zeigler (keyboards, drums, bass, production). Sounds like: The disco love child of R. Kelly and Flight of the Conchords.   For fans   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Holy High Day

Your 4/20 concert guide.


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What is 4/20, anyway? Theoretically, it’s unofficial National Marijuana Appreciation Day, but that implies those who observe it don’t appreciate the shrubbery of the gods every other day of th   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Of Ice and Fire

Little Dragon goes home again.


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Little Dragon took the long road back to Gothenburg.  Seven years ago, the electronic soul quartet left its hometown, the second-biggest city in Sweden, and didn’t take an extended break    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing…: A Happy Death


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Who: Ryan Joseph Lella (vocals, guitar), Mathieu Lewis Rolland (drums), Jaclyn Hardin (organ) and Michael McInerney (bass). Sounds like: A beach party hosted by surfers with a studded-leather jewelry   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Dance Yourself Meme

Future Islands just want to move you.


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On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Soul Recovery

Having survived cancer, Sharon Jones just wants one thing: Respect.


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Talking to the media about her recent battle with pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones never spares the gory details. Asked how she first knew something was wrong, the 57-year-old soul singer told Spin   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Idaho Bound

Can the Treefort Music Fest make Boise the next Portland?


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When Brett Netson pulled into Old Town Portland for the first time back in the early ’90s, to play Satyricon with his psychedelic punk band, Caustic Resin, he felt like a kid in a candy store�   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Richard "Lefty" Gismondi, One-Armed Street Guitarist, Has Died

The well-known downtown musician played guitar for 45 years

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Portland lost one of its best-known–and best-loved–street musicians on March 11. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the death of street musician and retired ironworker Richard Gismondi, better known to both friends and passersby as "Lefty." Lefty was found in the morning by his friend, musician Dan Eccles, when Eccles checked in on Lefty after he'd not been seen for a few ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Introducing…: Cambrian Explosion


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Who: Nori Lockhart (vocals, guitar), Ben Dorothy (drums, vocals), Austin Trask (bass), Adria Ivanitsky (keyboards, vocals, percussion). Sounds like: Walking around OMSI blitzed out of your mind w   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Fruits of the Loom

Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.


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A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

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