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Top Five Must-See Acts at March Music Moderne

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Soundwalk (Saturday, March 9, at Mount Tabor Park, 1 pm) Artist and composer Susan Alexjander leads a structured listening session for curious souls to drink in the raw sounds of nature. The La   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Top Five Favorite Rakim Lyrics

by Sleep (Oldominion/The Chicharones)

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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

Top Five Must-See Acts at Jazz Fest

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Barry Harris with Chuck Israels and Mel Brown (Friday, Feb. 15, at Jimmy Mak’s) Pianist Barry Harris, still sharp and dextrous at 83, is one of the last great bebop innovators we have, and bass   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Things That Would Get Me To Move To Portland

by Big Freedia

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Warm weather I love the hot tropical weather we get in New Orleans. I couldn’t ever live anywhere cold. Po’boys on every cornerI grew up on these. Can’t live without my hometown cuisine. Seco   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Favorite Psychedelic Albums

by Ruban Nielson

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Forever Changes, LoveThis album took me years to understand properly. The denseness of it is something that can’t be digested on the first listen. Arrangement, melody, lyrics, instrumentation—   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Top Five Live Recordings Made in Portland

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Nirvana (2/09/1990, Pine Street Theatre)Appended to Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary edition of Bleach in 2009, this show captures an epochal band winding down the “regional upstarts” phase of its   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Papi Fimbres Projects

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Sun Angle Initially sounding like “a sped-up Can,” Fimbres describes the material on the band’s upcoming debut—recorded in a cabin in Zigzag, Ore., under certain, um, mycological influenc   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Dropping Gems Releases

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Various Artists, Gem Drops I-II Featuring tracks from crew members, affiliates and like-minded fellow travelers, either of these interchangeable compilations makes an ideal entry point for wading   More
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Local Albums to Get Excited About in Early 2013

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra, II (2/5, Jagjaguwar) The mystery is gone, but Ruban Nielson’s once-enigmatic post-Mint Chicks project is still one of Portland’s singular bands. Based on the new alb   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Shows of 2012

by Bim Ditson (And And And)

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King Khan and the Shrines @ Dante’s (MusicfestNW, 9/6) This was the only time I’ve ever felt like hurrying toward Dante’s. What made this show killer was the pure inhibition that the Shrine   More
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 WW MUSIC STAFF

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