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Mountain Sounds: Thursday, Nov. 21

U.S. immigration laws wouldn’t let Tim Hoyt and Franc Castillejos make an album together. So they headed for the hills.


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Mountain Sounds’ Tim Hoyt has a bone to pick with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “As an American citizen, all the immigration laws have done are slow me down personally and try to s   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Low-End Theory

The casual virtuosity of Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner.


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As a child, Stephen Bruner had two favorite toys: a plastic ThunderCats sword and a bass guitar. That’s how intertwined the 27-year-old musician, who records spaced-out R&B under the name    More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Letter To My 12-Year-Old Self

RE: Nine Inch Nails


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Dear 12-year-old Matt,  Hey, man. What’re you up to? Let me guess: gearing up for some Monday Night Raw by listening to those tapes you bought with your birthday money. What’s the pre-wr   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Mic Check: Thomas Dolby

On The Invisible Lighthouse


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From his early, electronic-infused New Wave hits to his current position as music director of TED—and encompassing his development of audio software used for ringtones—Thomas Dolby has always represented the vanguard of music and technology.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Screaming Females: Saturday, Nov. 16

How to grow a punk band: play basements, record with Steve Albini, impress Garbage.


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If there were a “right way” to make it as a punk band, Screaming Females would be a prime example. Being from New Brunswick, N.J.—a bona fide Mesopotamia of the East Coast DIY scene—cert   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Soul Revival

Years ago, Ural Thomas rejected the cruelty of the music industry. But the Pain brought him back.


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Ural Thomas has lots of stories. He’s been around the block, you might say, even though he’s lived in the same North Portland house—which he claims to have rebuilt himself, using all recycle   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Green Day


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Dear 13-Year-Old Marty, How’s it going? I’m Martin—which will become your name at 17—and I’m here to talk to you about Green Day, the band you’re going to see on Sept. 10, 1994, three   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Animal Eyes: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Spacious psychedelic prog rock born in Alaska, made in Portland.


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First impressions are huge, especially in music. It’s no wonder, then, that Animal Eyes bears a certain resemblance to another beloved Portland band, discovered during its formative years. C   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARK STOCK

Show Preview: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Mob, Joey Fatts, Aston Matthews, OverDoz, 100s


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[CHAIN HANG LOW] This has not been the greatest year for hip-hop. So many big-event albums have either failed to innovate (Drake’s #everythingwasthesame, er, Nothing Was the Same) or were elaborat   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Living Death

The Hackney brothers tried to bury their old band. It wouldn’t stay dead.


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Up in Bobby Hackney’s attic, sealed in a white cardboard box, lay a secret. A secret he and his brother, Dannis Hackney, kept hidden from their closest family and friends for over 30 years.    More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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