Cajun Gems Get the Reissue Treatment


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It looks like Christmas is coming early for local music fans! Today, New York's Partistan Records officially reissued Richard Bryd at Little America, the lone, long out of print album by Cajun Gems. The Gems, you may or may not know, are the band that Ben Whitesides and Darrell Bourque started around the same time as their main group the Joggers as a home for a series of lo-fi, fingerpicked guitar ...   More
 
Monday, November 1, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Reasonably Epic Cascade Community Radio Launch Party Announced


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In an elaborate press release sent out today, Jeff Hylton Simmons of Radio 23 announced the official launch party for the new, streaming, 24-hour radio station Cascade Community Radio. CCR, which we wrote about last month, will stream free-form shows from Pacific Northwest DJs as well as live shows taking place in the Northwest. The launch party, taking place April 23, features a number of Portland ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup For 2010 Festival


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Set your calendars, folks: The 2010 PDX Pop Now! festival is coming in a short seven weeks. Today the free, all-local, all-ages festival announced the lineup for this year's fest—set to take place July 30-August 1—and it's predictably great. Au! Parenthetical Girls! Cloudy October! Joggers! But even with the bigger names, this fest has always been about discovery, about seeing a band you've ...   More
 
Friday, June 11, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Local Video Roundup: Joggers and Parenthetical Girls Go Into the Woods


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As far as bands go, you couldn't get two acts with a more disparate aesthetic than Joggers and Parenthetical Girls. Joggers play "indie rock" before the term became a basterdized catchall for anything written about on the blogosphere—think Merge Records stalwarts Polvo or Superchunk—with a perfect blend of sloppy minimalism and technical craft (those guitar sounds!). Parenthetical Girls' ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Old Town Block Party is This Saturday (Bonus: Another Leak from Lovers!)


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Ah, the Old Town: Portland's melting-pot of vagrants, geeks, frat boys, strippers and rockers. Join them all this Saturday for the second annual Old Town Block Party, in that parking lot over the road from Backspace and Davis Street Tavern, for a day of eating, drinking and dancing for a good cause. Last year, over 3,000 people showed up to help re-erect the (heh) "Hung Far Low" sign. This year, ...   More
 
Thursday, August 26, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Photo Review: PDX Pop Now!


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For the first time in three years, I missed a good half of the 48 bands (plus at least three or four guerilla acts) at this year's PDX Pop Now! festival. It was tough: I've become so accustomed to spending my entire PPN! weekend at Rotture, sweating, rocking, eating too many tacos and watching bands that I dearly love and ones I'm just hearing for the first time. But five weeks ago, during my weekly ...   More
 
Monday, August 2, 2010 Local Cut

It's Time For PDX Pop Now!


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Is everyone ready for PDX Pop Now!?! With the festival beginning in just a few hours, I wanted to share a bit of last-minute technical information for the weekend. For anyone outside the city (or people to lazy to make it down to Rotture) you can tune into two online radio stations to hear every minute—both PRA and KPSU are live streaming all three days. Also, I'll be there for most of the weekend ...   More
 
Friday, July 30, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

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