The PDX Pop Now! Superlatives

From Wampire's pancakes to Myke Bogan's spliff, our favorite moments from this year's all-Portland music festival.

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I’ll admit it: After last Friday night, I was preparing to write PDX Pop Now’s obituary. Or at least a lengthy think-piece about the shifting tides of Portland youth culture. The all-ages local music festival was created 11 years ago to galvanize a flourishing music community and engage a demographic often shut out of the scene, and it’s been one of the city’s most anticipated annual traditions ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Earthbound," the Singley/Fimbres Orkestra

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Back in August, two of Portland's most indefatigable musical minds—quirky popster-turned-classical composer Alan Singley and madman drummer Papi Fimbres—performed a nine-piece "genre-fusing, avant-garde, future-funk symphony" at the Old Church as the Singley/Fimbres Orkestra. It seemed like a one-off excursion. Lucky for those of us who weren't there, the 40-minute performance was captured ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cuts of the Week

Five new songs from Portland artists you need to hear.

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Every Friday, LocalCut collects the week's new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like MTV's The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Souvenir Driver, "Kiss You Close" Souvenir Driver's new full-length album, Living Water, isn't out until April 2014, but the band is slowly (very slowly) leaking tracks, one by one, and making them ...   More
 
Friday, November 8, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Time Snakes," Sun Angle

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Has there been a more hotly anticipated first album by a local band than this Danny Seim-produced debut by Sun Angle? Not for a good long while, I would argue. And for damn good reason too. This trio has been tearing it up on the live circuit for 18 months or more, finding its collective sound and building ample strength along the way. Trying to capture the manic energy of the band's live sets ...   More
 
Thursday, March 7, 2013 ROBERT HAM

The Many Bands of Papi Fimbres

How culture shock created Portland’s busiest musician.


Music Stories
When David “Papi” Fimbres’ mother was pregnant with him, she knew her child was special. A shaman told her so. She already had two children, but this one, she was told, would be born with pr   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Papi Fimbres Projects


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Sun Angle Initially sounding like “a sped-up Can,” Fimbres describes the material on the band’s upcoming debut—recorded in a cabin in Zigzag, Ore., under certain, um, mycological influenc   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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