Cuts of the Week

Must-hear new songs from Tope, Jackson Boone, Theme Witch, Rare Diagram and Casey Neill. Plus: New And And And video!


Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Tope, “Miss Me When I’m Gone” The man is nothing if not accurate. Portland rapper Tope is indeed gone, and this track appears to be a self-made memorial. Last time we chatted with Tope, his plan was to complete a ...   More
Friday, May 15, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear new songs from Portland artists of the past week.


Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren. 1. Grandparents, “Kids in the Alley” A proper Monday-morning stroller, “Kids in the Alley” will help you bob through to the other side. And that’s pretty far out: The song takes place at the precise coordinates where the Dandy Warhols ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)

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[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Stream The Week

A playlist-assisted guide to the week's top concert picks for Jan. 14-20.


Want to see some live music? Below, you'll find our picks for the best concerts coming through Portland this week, along with a Spotify playlist of representative songs from each artist. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14 Tope, Illmaculate, Thaddeus David, Blossom, Verbz [RAP CONVO] See our review of Tope's Broke Boy Syndrome here. 8:30 pm. $7. 21+. An Evening with Nels Cline and Julian Lage [DAD JAZZ] Wilco ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Hear Tope's New Album This Weekend

Listening party for Broke Boy Syndrome is this Sunday.


Local rapper Tope has had a pretty damn good year, and he hasn't even released his new album yet.  Back in January, his Erykah Badu-worshipping clip for "Take Your Time" received Twitter daps from Ms. Badu herself. Then he placed on our annual Best New Band poll for the second time in two years, as part of the duo TxE. Over the last few weeks, the teaser singles for his latest record, Broke Boy ...   More
Saturday, December 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tope, Chicken Wings & Ice Cream Cones (Self Released)


[PO-HOP] Certain things begin to flourish as June rolls around in Portland: the roses; the bars with outside seating; the traffic on the bridge to Sauvie Island; and the music of local rapper Tope, who specializes in breezy tunes that taste sweeter in the warm months. With his new quick-strike EP, Chicken Wings and Ice Cream Cones—a placeholder until his new full-length drops later this year—he ...   More
Friday, June 20, 2014 REED JACKSON

Going Back to Austin? Nah, I Don't Think So. (But Maybe.)

After arguably the most maligned SXSW ever, we ask Portland bands: Was it worth it?


South By Southwest, once the golden ticket to musical stardom, has become as important as a LinkedIn connection for Portland’s local bands and musicians.With its skyrocketing popularity over the past few years, the Austin-based festival has shed its skin as a platform for scrappy bands to prove their worth. In its place is a beer- drenched free-for-all where anything goes. As a record number ...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Album Review: TxE, TxE VS PRTLND (Self-Released)

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[PO-HOP] Local hip-hop trio TxE knows how things work around here. The group, made up of members Tope, Epp and producer Calvin Valentine, realize they’re living in a city where indie rock is king and rap is often viewed as something that only comes from somewhere else. So they’ve decided to do something that surprisingly hasn’t been done before: create an album using samples of songs by some ...   More
Friday, December 27, 2013 REED JACKSON

Video: "Take Your Time," Tope

Erykah Badu approves.


All right, we're a little late in posting this—hey, we're busy—but in case you haven't seen it yet, here's the new video from Tope. Directed by Portland's go-to rap video auteur Noah Porter (he also lensed Cassow's latest clip, which we did post earlier this week), it's the first time the popular local MC hasn't appeared as himself. Here, he plays Soul Flower T, an aspiring slam poet and serious ...   More
Friday, January 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day Exclusive: "Climb," TxE

On the first single from its upcoming album, the Portland hip-hop trio turns Typhoon into a quiet storm.

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More than any other local hip-hop act, TxE has bridged the gap between Portland's rap and indie rock scenes. Between its appearances at PDX Pop Now, past associations with the Amigo/Amiga label and participation (and victory) in And And And's annual Rigsketball tournament, the group—rappers Tope and Epp and producer G_Force—have traveled between musical worlds that remain largely stratified.And ...   More
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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