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Flashback: Dirtnap Records


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As widely respected Portland-via-Seattle punk label Dirtnap Records prepares to celebrate its 14th year, we asked founder Ken Cheppaikode to reminisce about its first release, a 7-inch record fr   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Jeni Wren: Thursday, Sept. 19

It took a village to create this ex-Shy Girl’s debut EP.


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[JAZZY SOUL] “Community” is Jeni Wren’s favorite buzzword. Through the years of soaking up inspiration in Seattle’s jazz scene, the collaborations with Portland-area musicians that first   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Here, My Dear

With Body/Head, Kim Gordon picks up the pieces—then stabs her guitar.


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Kim Gordon doesn’t fit the mold of “celebrity divorcee.” That’s a role better suited for a much younger, more famous type of pop starlet, the kind who enters into a shotgun marriage for th   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Forever Ruined

Kathleen Hanna’s new(ish) riot.


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No one believed Kathleen Hanna was sick.  Sure, she hadn’t put out an album in a few years, but she hadn’t exactly gone into hiding. In New York, where she relocated after establishing    More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: Swamp Dogg


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Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Chronic of Gnarnia

How Portland’s hardest-working stoners created one of the country’s best tape labels.


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Gnarnia isn’t hard to find. Just head south on Southeast 11th Avenue, until the smell of grease radiating from the Burgerville on Hawthorne Boulevard gives way to bong smoke. It’s home to a un   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Hidden In the Crates

Five great local hip-hop albums Portland forgot.


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Portland hip-hop has always had a tough time getting respect. At one point in the 1990s, hip-hop acts were even banned from performing in downtown venues. This is a shame, because over the years,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 REED JACKSON

Mic Check: Andrew W.K.

On Party Fouls


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Andrew W.K. is a head-banging philosopher, a paragon of positivity and a raging, sweaty, sometimes-bloody ball of light. He’s also a musician, though that’s the least interesting part of his personality. His glittery thrash-pop   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

No Fun.

After pop duo the Format broke up, one guy got famous. This is about the other guy.


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When Nate Ruess of the chart-topping band Fun took the stage to accept a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in February, he took note of the moment as the culmination of 12 years spent working in th   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 JASON P. WOODBURY

Primer: Gary Numan


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Born: In 1958 in Hammersmith, West London. Sounds like: A J.G. Ballard-inspired look at humanity’s dark side and our troubled relationship with technology. For fans of: Nine Inch Nails, Orchestral   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ROBERT HAM
 

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