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Angel Olsen has been singing her entire life. Only now has she found her voice.


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Angel Olsen made it clear at the start of her career that she wasn’t afraid to use her voice.  Her solo debut, the 2011 EP Strange Cacti, was bare-boned, acoustic and raw, and highlighted b   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 EMILEE BOOHER

Show Preview: Russian Circles, KEN Mode, Helms Alee


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[APOCALYPTIC MATH METAL] Between Easter, The Walking Dead and Keith Richards’ uncanny life force, it’s safe to say pop culture’s predilection for zombie kitsch is no longer weird. While necr   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Jeremy Wilson: Saturday, March 8

A heartbroken Dharma Bum hits the road and restarts his career.


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At a glance, Empty Through Empty Space, the new album by Jeremy Wilson, has the backstory of a classic breakup record. Guy meets girl, he moves across the country to be with her, things fall apa   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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
 

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