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Puddles Pity Party at the Alberta Rose, Sept. 28

What makes the sad clown sing?


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Interviewing a 6-foot-8 singing clown named Puddles poses some interesting problems.  For starters, the man behind the makeup, performance artist Mike Geier, prefers to keep himself distan   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Elvis Has Left the Building

Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight.


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“What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Introducing Seance Crasher


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Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn. Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 PETE COTTELL

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.


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Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the city, but i   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.


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Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked


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[FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music, arriving at something that over time has been both internationall   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.


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Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Gifts for the Queen

It’s Beyoncé’s birthday, so we shook the Portland Beyhive to ask: What do you get the R&B star who has it all?


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1. “The only thing I can think of that Bey doesn’t have (to my knowledge) is a patent on her amazingly perfect thighs.” —Natasha Kmeto, singer-producer 2. “I would give her a cocker    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Show Preview: Swans, Carla Bozulich, Grouper


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[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an urban myth, but it might as well be true   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Music Preview: Taylor Ho Bynum's Acoustic Bicycle Tour

Have cornet, will travel.


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Some years ago, while jazz composer-cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum was at his day job at New York’s Creative Capital Foundation, he gazed up at a map of the United States and, remembering the 800-m   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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