Tu Fawning Sticks it to The Man, Starts Own Label


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Whether they're great or not, artsy slow-core bands don't get too many big (or often small) record companies beating down their doors to sign them up these days. So Tu Fawning—the local supergroup that includes 31Knots Joe Haege and chanteuse Corrina Repp—is turning its back on the fat-cat music moguls and taking control of its own artistic destiny by launching a new artist-owned and operated ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 RUTH BROWN

LIVE REVIEW: James Taylor & Carole King; Troubadour Reunion Tour, May 7 at the Rose Garden


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James Taylor's voice is like water: smooth, clear, easy to mistake for flavorless until those momentary thirsty epiphanies where you sit upright and say "Mmmm! Water's gooood!" Similarly, while I greatly enjoyed—and was indeed moved by—Friday night's collaborative show by Taylor and his longtime cohort Carole King, I'm left with very little to remark on in telling you exactly why (though ...   More
 
Monday, May 10, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

Floater: I Don't Think My Whispering to Them Helped (Portland, Chico, San Francisco)


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Portland to Chico We headed out of Portland on Thursday night so we could knock a good chunk out of our long drive, planning to nap in the van somewhere after the pass into California. It was cold on the mountains and we stopped to get beers and turkey sandwiches to help with sleep, but ended up just being full and cold instead. So by Friday morning we were not in the best of moods as a group and ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Floater

Artichoke Music Gets Saved!


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Local folk-community cornerstone Artichoke Music survives! Early in April the shop announced its untimely closing with this grim missive: The time has come for us to close Artichoke Music, as we know it, and to regroup or redesign the model. Thanks to Kate and Steve, we have been blessed with an incredible place to come together as a community. Unfortunately, this space is not sustainable from a ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Ben Bateman

LEAK WEEK: Dragging an Ox through Water, "Among the Rock," They're Gonna Send Me to the Dead Mumford Pencil Box Factory (Stankhouse Records)


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Hey kids! It turns out that we've got a few tracks lying around our email inboxes that are brand-spankin'-new, so we're going to make a whole week out of leaking them for your benefit. Read on... Brian Mumford's solo project, Dragging an Ox through Water, is always changing. He began, about a decade ago, by banging on a chunky old acoustic guitar. Soon there were suitcases of keyboards, effects ...   More
 
Monday, May 17, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Pickathon Announces Six More Acts; We Chat with Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken


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Pickathon (August 6-8, 2010) is coming back for another round. Portland's rootsy, old-growth-shaded oasis of Americana music, nature and general merriment. There aren't many gatherings that showcase the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy and Dr. Dog while encouraging you to bring your own instrument and play at your campsite with new friends that night. In its 12th year, the organic-oriented festival ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 MARK STOCK

Video: Menomena, "Taos" (Live at OPB Music)


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Saturday, September 18, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Videos: Meet Tony D. and the Flippers


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Tuesday, September 7, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

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