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Cut the Slack

Courtney Barnett’s a loser, baby, but she’s not going to let it kill her.


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For someone who’s written songs detailing awkward phone calls with her mom and using masturbation as a sleep aid, Courtney Barnett comes across awfully shy in conversation. She answers questions   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

R.I.P. Slabtown


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With Portlanders of every vintage so eager to ennoble the fallen, let us remember two things about Slabtown as the longtime Northwest venue fades into memory. Fairly or not, local nightlife pres   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAY HORTON

The Black Keys: Friday, Oct. 31

Drummer Pat Carney talks LeBron, band dynamics and his hometown’s best burger(s).


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No surprise, Pat Carney still has the green MG convertible. Carney got the car in March 2004, during the sessions for the Black Keys’ third record, Rubber Factory. I know because it still had te   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Scary Monsters

With his stunning new album, Perfume Genius stops being sad and starts getting even.


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From a young age, Mike Hadreas has been keenly aware that his existence makes other people uncomfortable. To put it lightly, that used to bum him out. The first two albums he released as Perfume   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Martin Bisi: Thursday, Oct. 23

A producer from New York’s cutting edge leaves the studio.


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In the early ’80s, New York was a magical place. The disco scene spilled out across the city from Studio 54, and musical styles as disparate as No Wave and hip-hop mingled and matured in tande   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: King Tuff, Le Sera


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[MACABRE POP] Kyle Thomas, better known by the moniker King Tuff, likes spooky shit. Whether it’s conveyed sonically via ominous basslines, lyrically through references to graveyards and freak c   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 ASHLEY JOCZ

Bob Dylan vs. Jimmy Buffett


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Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffett are playing Portland the same night. One is the poet laureate of the ’60s, a bard of social upheaval and one of most crucial all-around figures of the 20th century. T   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Trial By Fire

The Growlers learn you can’t go home again—especially after your home burns to the ground.


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There comes a time in every young punk’s life when it’s time to abandon the squat and move on to bigger ventures. For Orange County’s the Growlers, that decision did not come voluntarily.    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Hozier, James Bay


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[RUSTIC SOUL] While it's easy to bask in the warm glow of Sam Smith and the Black Keys individually these days, why not embrace an artist who evokes both? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is a    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARK STOCK

Introducing Roselit Bone


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Who: Josh McCaslin (vocals, guitar); Victor Franco (guitar); Don Ankrom (bass); Barry A. Walker Jr. (pedal steel); Daniel Gruszka, David Binnig, Poom Aempoo (trumpets); Peter Mullally (baritone    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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