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Van Lear Rosebud

Ten years after Jack White and Loretta Lynn’s tryst in “Portland, Oregon,” WW attempts to solve its greatest mystery.


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Until 2004, a sloe gin fizz usually meant a nasty hangover and some collegiate fumbling. But following that year’s release of Van Lear Rose—the epochal collaboration between dispossessed Queen   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 JAY HORTON

Hotseat: Hank Shocklee On Travis “Chilly Tee” Knight


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If hip-hop albums were measured solely by the production, then Portland’s best rap record was made not by Illmaculate, Lifesavas or even Cool Nutz, but by Travis “Chilly Tee” Knight. Bac   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Music Preview: How To Dress Well Gets Emo.

The Heart of the Matter.


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It’s been 22 years since Pavement released Slanted & Enchanted, the wellspring from which the old guard of music criticism sought irony over earnestness, detachment over enthusiasm. The most   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Music Preview: Moniker at Holocene Sunday, Aug. 24

The cruel and unusual—and, ultimately, cathartic—creation of Monica Metzler.


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I’m talking to Monica Metzler by phone from the back of my Forester, where I’m huddled away from the cold in a makeshift bed. My friend and I had arrived on the coast the day before, antic   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Hoverfest: YOB, Danava, Acid King, Witch Mountain, Eight Bells, Wounded Giant, Holy Grove, Mountain God


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[AMPS OF DESTRUCTION] Four years ago, Nial McGaughey (pictured) sat down on his couch and, for no particular reason, decided to build an amplifier. It wasn’t a totally left-field decision: He we   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Drama King

Songwriter Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinders takes the stage.


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After relocating to Portland from San Francisco in 2005 and promptly releasing Troubled Times—one of the strongest albums to come out of Stumptown in the past decade—it took singer-songwrite   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Show Preview: Four Tet (DJ set), Nathan Detroit


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[DIGITAL JAZZ] It’s hard to fathom that Kieran Hebden has already given his seminal, 11-year-old album Rounds the reissue treatment. In 2003, Four Tet was the unwitting leader of a long list of    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Newer Slang

James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.


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James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARK STOCK

Wild Photos from 1970's Vortex Music Festival

In 1970, a Republican Oregon governor lured protesting hippies out of town with a state-sponsored music festival (photos)


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This month marks the 44th anniversary of Vortex, the only state-sponsored music festival in U.S. history, which took place at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada. Author Matt Love, who’ll p   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Introducing: U SCO


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Who: Ryan Miller (guitar), Jon Scheid (bass), Phil Cleary (drums). Sounds like: Steve Albini, Rick Froberg and Damon Che soundtracking a disjointed art film about speed freaks careening through t   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 PETE COTTELL
 

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