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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

Music Commentary: Death to the Pixies

Why it’s time for the indie-rock giants to break up—again.


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Frank Black doesn’t care about the Pixies. He made that clear 20 years ago, when he famously broke up the band via fax, and he reiterated how few fucks he gives this past fall. Bassist Kim Dea   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Old Age: Thursday, Feb. 20

Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.


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Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and sportsman’   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Fruits of the Loom

Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.


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A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Introducing…: Cambrian Explosion


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Who: Nori Lockhart (vocals, guitar), Ben Dorothy (drums, vocals), Austin Trask (bass), Adria Ivanitsky (keyboards, vocals, percussion). Sounds like: Walking around OMSI blitzed out of your mind w   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Lucius, You Won’t


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[RETRO POP] Haim wasn’t the only group to get attention for its retro-pop sound last year. Lucius, a quintet from Brooklyn, turned heads with its debut LP, Wildewoman, crafting 1960s-inspired tune   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Q&A: Mic Crenshaw

The Portland MC and new KBOO co-manager talks community radio and the war on hip-hop.


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Earlier this month, following a year of internal tumult, Portland radio station KBOO announced that longtime rapper and activist Mic Crenshaw—along with Monica Beemer, former executive director    More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Reverse Aging

With Eyelids, two of Portland’s busiest musicians reclaim their youth.


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In a booth at the back of Cup and Saucer Cafe on Northeast Killingsworth Street, John Moen and Chris Slusarenko are reminiscing about the good old days—specifically, the days when Slusarenko and   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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