Show Preview: Janelle Monáe


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[SPASTIC SOUL] On tour for her latest album, The Electric Lady, Janelle Monáe has taken to being rolled onstage in a hand truck, at which point she bursts free from a straitjacket and right into    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Charli XCX: Tuesday, Oct. 29

A 21-year-old Brit is stretching the boundaries of radio pop. It’s time you learned her name.


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Charlotte Aitchison, the pop singer who performs as Charli XCX, has a runaway hit on her hands, though you wouldn’t know it. Well, you’d know Icona Pop’s “I Love It” if you heard it on t   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Lord Dying: Tuesday, July 9

Getting heavy (among other things) with Portland’s new metal kings.


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[METAL] The members of Lord Dying look exhausted. Which is entirely understandable, considering it’s 10 pm, and most of them just finished long work days. Sitting around a table at the B-Side Ta   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Marisa Anderson: Sunday, June 16

For a rootless roots musician, words are very unnecessary.


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Somewhere on Marisa Anderson’s résumé is the phrase, “Once portrayed the ass-end of a jaguar.” It was the mid-1990s, a few years after the Northern California-born guitarist dropped out    More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Kim Baxter: Wednesday, March 20

Blending real life with the pop life.


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[POP] Last April, Kim Baxter, former member of Portland power-twee group All Girl Summer Fun Band, released her first solo album, The Tale of Me and You, though you’re probably unaware of it.    More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Like a Villain: Tuesday, March 12

Holland Andrews wants to teach the world to love.


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[EXPERIMENTAL MUSICAL THEATER] Holland Andrews stands just beyond the fray of the final gathering site at last year’s Portland May Day protests, in a video for local music-media website Into the   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Emancipator: Friday, March 8

An electronic music festival mainstay escapes the stigma of jam.


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[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

The Satin Chaps: Saturday, Feb. 23

Welcome to Swinging Portland.


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[INDIE A GO-GO] Much as one shouldn’t judge an album by its cover—least of all debut collections from mostly instrumental troupes born to flood dance floors— the chicly retro figures frugg   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 JAY HORTON

Parquet Courts: Friday, Jan. 18

The buzzing New York garage band doesn’t mince words, or chords.


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[GARAGE POP] Speaking with Andrew Savage is similar to listening to Parquet Courts, the New York-based band he fronts. Just as he does throughout the group’s debut album, Light Up Gold, the si   More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Cadence Fest: Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 20-22

A legendary jazz magazine is reborn in Portland.


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In 2011, Cadence—one of the premier magazines in the country covering jazz and other improvised music—found itself at a deadly confluence of two rapidly drying streams: print journalism and    More
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

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