Solae’s Lounge: Old Solae

Bar Reviews
The band was singing “Happy Birthday” to Snoop Dogg’s uncle, but they didn’t play it straight. It was a minor-key version extended with jags of solo guitar or keyboard, drums filling a p   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Willamette Weekend: 11 Things To Do in Portland, Oct. 25-27


Friday, Oct. 25Haunted Pub CrawlBeerQuest PDX’s latest pub crawl kicks off at Kells, runs through downtown and Old Town, and includes a tour of the Shanghai Tunnels. I took one of those tours years ago, and while the legend and lore they feed you is almost entirely bullshit, the tunnels could still be referred to as “creepy”—especially since The Big One could hit and you’d be sandwiched under ...   More
Friday, October 25, 2013 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.


The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is all that remains ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Run On Sentence, "Water," You, the Darkness, and Me (Hush Records)

There's a lot to like about local songwriter Dustin Hamman: he plays under the clever moniker of Run On Sentence (yes, we journalists are biased towards fellow word nerds); he peddles an earthy, catchy fusion of folk, blues, jazz and roots; and in the indie-music sea of bad bum-fluff beards and ironic moustaches, he stands tall with a proud with a truly spectacular crop of bushy facial hair: That's ...   More
Thursday, June 24, 2010 RUTH BROWN

The Rainy States, "In The Darkness Darling," The Push and the Plan (Self-Released)

Local four-piece the Rainy States has come a long way since its first release, In the Basement Air, three years ago. Singer Betsy Johnson's smooth, sexy, sultry vocals are still the act's biggest drawcard, but the band as a whole has refined and polished its bluesy, R&B-inspired indie sound with clean, cruisey guitars, crisp beats and some beautiful harmonies from the band's quiet-achiever, ...   More
Thursday, July 29, 2010 RUTH BROWN


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