Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland, April 11-13

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Friday, April 11Lorrie MooreIt has been more than 15 years since Lorrie Moore released her best-selling collection of stories, Birds of America. Now in a slim volume of eight stories, Moore returns with Bark and proves that her love of language (as well as her dark sense of humor) is still fully intact. Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651. 7:30 pm. Free. Toast Spirits Festival[BOOZE] ...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Introducing…: The Resistance


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Who: Rappers Mic Capes, Glenn Waco and Rasheed Jamal. Sounds like: Lupe Fiasco if he was a little more street; Kurupt if he was a little more conscious. For fans of: Kendrick Lamar, Common, Earl Swe   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REED JACKSON

Hip-Hop Stopped

The tension between Portland rap artists and police goes deeper than the Blue Monk.


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If you had walked past the Blue Monk around 11 pm on Saturday, March 1, it’d be reasonable to assume a crime had taken place. Six police cars were parked in the middle of Southeast Belmont Stree   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Willamette Weekend: 12 Things to Do in Portland, Jan. 24-26

Coffee Beer and Wizard World

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Friday, Jan. 24 Mike Birbiglia [COMEDY] Mike Birbiglia spins some of the best stories in the business, tales that transcend comedy to hit a place of cringingly awkward but lovely tenderness. Did you hear about the time he sleepwalked through a motel window in Walla Walla? Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, 248-4335. 7:30 (sold out) and 9:45 pm. $39.Cascadia Composers [DARK CONTEMPORARY ...   More
 
Friday, January 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Glenn Waco: Sunday, Jan. 26

A rising St. Johns MC reflects on life during wartime—aka growing up in North Portland.


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Asked about growing up black in the whitest major city in the country, Glenn Waco blurts out Portland demographic figures so reflexively it’s as if he’s reciting his home address.  “S   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Soft Index

Graphing the unbearable lightweightness of Drake.


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Drake contains multitudes. He is, after all, a half-black, half-Jewish Canadian child actor turned ginormously famous rapper. In hip-hop terms, he’s quite the unique snowflake. It isn’t just h   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Mykki Blanco


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Born: Michael Quattlebaum Jr. in 1986 in San Mateo, Calif. Sounds like: A gender-twisted gangster straight outta Hades, blasting holes through hip-hop’s hetero-normative heart, with enough wig    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Futro Records: Sunday, June 9

Electro hip-hop party jams thicker than blood.


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[FAMILY PARTY] For some of the residents of Southeast’s Washington Towers, the drab apartment complex down the street from Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery has another name: Futro Towers. That’s beca   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Top Five Favorite Rakim Lyrics

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“Even if it’s jazz or the quiet storm/ I hook a beat up, convert it into hip-hop form.” —“I Ain’t No Joke” (Paid in Full, 1987) “Thinkin’ of a master plan/ ’Cause ain’t nothin�   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Siren’s Echo: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Portland’s only female hip-hop duo returns—but don’t call it a comeback.


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[TIMELESS HIP-HOP] To hear Toni Hill and Sabrina “Syndel” Britt, of singer-rapper duo Siren’s Echo, discuss their artistic relationship, you’d think they were twins separated at birth. O   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

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