Live Review: Guided By Voices at Wonder Ballroom, 6/7

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There must be some alternate universe along the space-time continuum where Guided By Voices is the biggest band in the world. That's certainly how the group has carried itself through the last 30 years. Started as a sort of bite-sized, basement-brand version of the Who, GBV is basically a decades-old rock'n'roll fantasy camp for midwestern songwriting machine Robert Pollard and the dozens of other ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Band of Skulls at Wonder Ballroom, 5/27

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Southampton’s Band of Skulls has spent the past decade refining a sound that, for better or worse, sounds like a good deal of other bands. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—there’s plenty of people who like T. Rex, the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club—but it renders it difficult to see the trio’s raucous brand of blues rock as anything other than a sum of their influences. Still, ...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: Cibo Matto, Salt Cathedral


Music Stories
[LES GIRLS] During the 15 years since Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda vanished into the intercontinental ether, their duo act, Cibo Matto, wasn’t quite forgotten. If their initial pair of albums haven�   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

Emancipator: Friday, March 8

An electronic music festival mainstay escapes the stigma of jam.


Music Stories
[DOWNTEMPO] Doug Appling, known in electronic music circles as Emancipator, has just been on what he calls a “little adventure.” He’s currently in Costa Rica, where he performed at the mus   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Live Video: A Red Fang Twofer!

Destroying the Wonder Ballroom and the Portland School of Rock!

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Red Fang rules. They rule so hard, in fact, that just one live video won't cut it. Thanks to the folks at Generator, we're gifting you two clips of the Portland stoner metal heroes. The first, from this past Sunday, shows the band destroying a packed and feverish Wonder Ballroom crowd with "Crows in Swine," a track from the group's latest seven inch. And the second is from a performance at that ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Video: Ra Ra Riot at Wonder Ballroom, 2/9

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We're a bit late posting this—hey, we've been busy—but earlier this month, New York chamber pop ensemble Ra Ra Riot delivered a heart-rending performance at the Wonder Ballroom. Generator was there, and captured this clip of the danceably poppy "Beta Love," the title track off the band's surprisingly synthesized new album. Enjoy! Ra Ra Riot at the Wonder Ballroom 2/9/13 from Generator ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by Matthew Singer

Tomahawk: Wednesday, Feb. 13

When weird goes pop.


Music Stories
[PATTON POP] Kristen Mystirie Calderon, a club hostess and makeup artist from Los Angeles, does not like Tomahawk’s new single.  “Tomahawk, your music made me wet—juicy even!” she wro   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 RUTH BROWN

Tavin’s Pub: Opening Act


Bar Reviews
Just a stone’s throw from Wonder Ballroom, Tavin’s Pub (102 NE Russell St., 719-4890, tavinspub.com) is your classic pre-game bar. The interior is clean. TV sets, including a big projector, ar   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

MusicfestNW Adds...Smashing Pumpkins? Is This a Typo?


Music
I was told we couldn't say anything until now, but The Smashing Pumpkins play Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Wonder Ballroom for MFNW (with opener Bad City). Yup, that Smashing Pumpkins. Well, not the band in the Simpsons pic, exactly—Remember, the Pumpkins currently feature Billy Corgan, 20-year-old Beaverton drummer Mike Byrne (perspective: the band began two years before his birth) and...well, ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

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