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Show Preview: Volcano Choir, the Cloack Ox


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[POST-ROCK] When Volcano Choir released Unmap in 2009, few knew what to expect from America’s newly minted sad-guy laureate. Upon releasing For Emma, Forever Ago, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon employ   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Glenn Waco: Sunday, Jan. 26

A rising St. Johns MC reflects on life during wartime—aka growing up in North Portland.


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Asked about growing up black in the whitest major city in the country, Glenn Waco blurts out Portland demographic figures so reflexively it’s as if he’s reciting his home address.  “S   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

By Demons Be Driven

Don’t let Phil Anselmo’s reputation scare you: He’s really just a big nerd.


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“I think I have a mental problem because I cannot stop listening to Portal, for God’s sake,” says Phil Anselmo, over the phone from the headquarters of his Austin, Texas, record label, House   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 CAT JONES

Introducing...: Soft Shadows


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Who: June Kang (vocals, guitar), Thuy-Duong Le (vocals, synthesizer), Ryan Simon (guitar). Sounds like: What My Bloody Valentine is hiding under all those layers of fuzz. For fans of: Slowdive, Gala   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Wooden Shjips: Thursday, Jan. 16

Portland: Where spaced-out psych-rockers go to retire.


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Moving to Portland made Wooden Shjips drummer Omar Ahsanuddin feel like a kid again. It’s made him live like one, anyway. “I have a drum set in my basement for the first time since I lived at    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scene Report: Metal

Portland is finally a metal hotbed. Here are the heavy hitters stoking the flames in 2014.


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Once the capital of cardigans and the bastion of birth-control glasses, Portland is now a metal mecca. Last year was the biggest yet for loud and heavy local exports: Gateway metal band Red Fang   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Migration Song

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter.


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Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Lisa Schonberg


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Entomology and music aren’t exactly natural bedfellows. For Lisa Schonberg, a drummer and insect enthusiast, that was a problem. Either her research projects were being interrupted by her comm   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Scene Report: Hip-Hop

The Portland MCs melting mics in 2014.


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Portland and its hip-hop scene have not always gotten along. Over the years, local rappers have faced scrutiny from a number of sources, who aren’t always eager to support music that paints thei   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REED JACKSON

Once In A Dead Moon

The band that made Fred and Toody Cole Portland punk legends rises again—if just for one night.


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Who’s going to tell Fred and Toody Cole they can’t smoke in here? No one at Mississippi Studios, certainly. Upstairs in the North Portland music venue’s green room, the punk-rock power cou   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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