Live Review: Merchandise at Mississippi Studios, Oct. 3


Perhaps I was mistaken about Merchandise.  If Friday’s sparsely-attended show at Mississippi Studios was any indication, maybe they are a punk band after all—in the pejorative sense at the very least. Led by the antics of slightly toasted singer/guitarist Carson Cox, these guys collectively did not seem to give two fucks. The music shimmered and excelled within Mississippi’s pristine ...   More
Monday, October 6, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.

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Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of    More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Hundred Waters at Mississippi Studios, 7/25


It’s hard to know what to expect from a Hundred Waters show. Though the band’s paid its dues as a powerhouse live act, its most recent album, The Moon Rang Like A Bell, features more drum machines and synth loops than real live instruments. Going into the band’s Friday night show, I knew the quartet was full of great musicians, but was I squeezing onto the packed Mississippi Studios ...   More
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Introducing...: Hook & Anchor

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Who: Kati Claborn (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals), Gabrielle Macrae (violin, vocals), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Erik Clampitt (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Luke Ydstie (bass, vocals). Sounds like   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Kneebody: Wednesday, April 9

Virtuosic electro-jazz for the indie rock generation.

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Since a diverse group of teenage CalArts and Eastman School of Music students coalesced as Kneebody in Los Angeles in 2001, the instrumental ensemble has built the kind of growing young audience   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

Old Age: Thursday, Feb. 20

Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.

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Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and sportsman’   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Primer: Come

Reunion Tour

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Years active: 1990-2001, 2008, 2010-present.  Sounds like: Television and the Stooges-inspired darkness, with dueling, strained guitar lines turning into a lascivious, bluesy and slightly dr   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Shred the Light Fantastic

The adorable electrocution of Marnie Stern.

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In 2006, Ben Parrish of the Portland- and Olympia-based record label Kill Rock Stars received a demo from a 31-year-old New York singer-guitarist named Marnie Stern. At the time, the label was bei   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MARK STOCK

Video: "Never Be Your Lover/Jam (live at Mississippi Studios)," Typhoon


Ask any local music fan who won 2011 and the answer is clearly Typhoon. From appearing on David Letterman to having its EP, A New Kind of House, named the best of the year by Paste Magazine, it's been a stellar 12 months for the Portland google-tet (seriously, how many people are in this fucking band, anyway?). As a cap to its banner year, the group sold out three shows at Mississippi Studios earlier ...   More
Thursday, December 15, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER


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