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Drank Extra: Nagual De La Naga (Caduceus Cellars, 2011)


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This bottle of Arizona wine—yes, people are making the stuff in that arid land of intolerance—declares itself “big yet subtle and well balanced.” Kind of a bloodless description when you c   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 JAY BENNETT

Audio Jacked

Does Portland have an instrument-theft problem?


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As the members of San Fermin stood in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel near Portland International Airport last October, staring at their rented tour van, it took them a moment to process wha   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Rio Grands


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Who: Colin Jenkins (vocals, guitar, percussion), Steve Amon (keyboards), Richard Bennett (bass), Lee Ritter (drums). Sounds like: A ’60s lounge band from Miami time-warped to present-day Portland. For fans of: Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Pink Martini. Why you care: Colin Jenkins chronicles Portland weirdness through Rio Grands’ forthcoming   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Show Preview: Cibo Matto, Salt Cathedral


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[LES GIRLS] During the 15 years since Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda vanished into the intercontinental ether, their duo act, Cibo Matto, wasn’t quite forgotten. If their initial pair of albums haven�   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

Ava Luna: Sunday, March 2

Art-damaged soul with an appetite for destruction.


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Carlos Hernandez takes pleasure in harming the things he cherishes most. In his band, Ava Luna, the Brooklyn-based musician defaces the classic soul music he grew up on, stabbing it with dissonant   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Whiskey, Weed, Jazz and Dad

Father-son bonding over the 2014 Portland Jazz Festival.


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My first clear musical memory is walking into my dad’s wood shop and hearing the opening bars of John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” on his dust-caked boom box. It certainly wasn’t the first t   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 CASEY JARMAN

Show Preview: Sun Kil Moon


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[MORTAL FOLK] In addition to his tremendous songwriting prowess, Mark Kozelek’s interest in fascinating subject matter has earned him a huge cult following. Since forming Sun Kil Moon in 2002,   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Music Commentary: Death to the Pixies

Why it’s time for the indie-rock giants to break up—again.


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Frank Black doesn’t care about the Pixies. He made that clear 20 years ago, when he famously broke up the band via fax, and he reiterated how few fucks he gives this past fall. Bassist Kim Dea   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Old Age: Thursday, Feb. 20

Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.


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Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and sportsman’   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Fruits of the Loom

Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.


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A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DAVE CANTOR
 

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