Rotture and Branx Have Closed, Will Now Be Known As Euphoria Nightclub

The new venue will focus on electronic dance music and LGBTQ events.

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Rotture and Branx, the conjoined industrial Southeast music venues, both closed abruptly last week. Don't worry, though, the building is not turning into condos or another high-end brunch spot. Beginning July 24, the complex at 315 SE 3rd Ave.—which has changed names multiple times since the late '70s—will relaunch as a "queer-centric" electronic dance club and revert back to its original ...   More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Rabbits Playing Rotture’s Back Patio in Summer 2010

Music Stories
"This is one of the two times we’ve played outside. At least this one was at night. The barbecue got started late, but our friends hung in there, as is their way—pretty much the same people that    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 WW Culture Staff

Killingsworth Dynasty: Rotture North

Bar Reviews
Few things at Killingsworth Dynasty (832 N Killingsworth St., 234-5683, are as they appear. The “chicken burger” contains no chicken—everything here is vegan. The   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Countdown to Bridgetown: Kate Berlant, the Stoned Philoso-comic


Arts & Books
The Bridgetown Comedy Festival is only six days away. Then you get four chances to see Kate Berlant deliver a very different kind of observational comedy.Kate Berlant is a megalomaniac self-help guru. She’s a stoned philosophy major who’s cornered you at a party. She's an existentialist-poet. She’s a futurist with an edge of Borscht Belt — which is to ...   More
Friday, May 1, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Who Is Magic Sword?

Mysterious masked men are coming to deliver Portland from evil via heavy sci-fi electro dance jams. We lift the veil...sort of.

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During what turned out to be the United States' final game of the World Cup earlier this year, the receptionist at Willamette Week came upstairs to pull me away from the office television. "You need to see this," she said. A pair of faceless druids sheathed in black cloaks were kneeling before the front desk, offering me a plastic light saber and a business card with the image of a medieval sword ...   More
Friday, September 19, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Neka & Kahlo

Music Stories
Who: Mila “Kahlo” Kokich (rapper), Neka Perini (singer, producer) Sounds like: The raw frustration of Eminem’s identity crisis encountering the soulful wisdom of Adele, with Skrillex on the dec   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Introducing...: Motrik

Music Stories
Who: Cord Amato (guitars and synths), Lee Ritter (drums), Erik Golts (bass and synths), Dave Fulton (keyboards, Moog Taurus bass pedals).  Sounds like: Cruising the autobahn at 100 mph while   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 PETE COTTELL

I’ve Got A Hole In My Soul: Thursday, Dec. 8

Portland’s premier soul night hits the five-year mark. Its star DJ hits us with some singles.

Music Stories
[SOUL ON WAX] Growing up in a predominantly black area of Memphis, Tenn., Casey Minatrea was born with soul music practically coded into her DNA. Needless to say, moving to Portland in 2003 was a    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Pop Now! Announces Lineup For 2010 Festival

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

Photo Review: PDX Pop Now!

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


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