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Keep Ya Ones Up!

Sailors get down to DJ Wicked before Libretto lifts 'em up.

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At 11 pm Thursday night, a third of the tables in the Greek Cusina restaurant are host to well-dressed couples. They are staring at what's left of their moussaka and gyros and waiting for to-go boxes. ...   More
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 CASEY JARMAN

Can't Stop

Diagnosed with liver cancer and facing death, Curtis Salgado keeps goin'.

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Here are the facts. On March 17, Portland blues legend Curtis Salgado learned he has a tumor the size of a lemon on his liver. Because of complications caused by hepatitis C, which the singer has had ...   More
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Night Of The Beast

A metalhead's guide to the most unholy night of the century.

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The calendar date 6/6/6 has occurred once a century for the past 2,000 years, and on none of those days did Satan emerge from the underworld. In fact, there was a whole beastly year, 666 AD, in which ...   More
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Jason Simms

Guerrilla Music

Panther's soul "joke" goes from Pioneer Square to MTV2.

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In the summer of 2002, Panther thrashed Pioneer Square. An absolute sneak attack: On a Sunday afternoon, Panther, a.k.a Charles Salas-Humara, slips into the plaza toting some pretracked electronica, a ...   More
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Michael Byrne

Long Gone

After six years and a whole lot of life, 44 Long's Brian Berg returns.

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After the glowing critical reception of debut album Collect Them All (among Greil Marcus' top 10 records of 1997) and the 1999 follow-up Inside the Horse's Head, the eclectic pop/roots/guitar rock of ...   More
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 JAY HORTON

The "Band" Problem

The English language was not equipped to deal with Portland's solo music makers...until now.

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There is a glaring flaw on the cover of this week's WW. There, in the middle of the cover, is a lone man, Marius Libman, holding a Korg RK-100 and looking something like the touring keytar player for ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Wrecking Crew

A songwriting ride-along with the madwoman behind LKN.

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At a recent house show, Lauren K. Newman—who by the end of her performance was wearing nothing but flesh-colored panties—momentarily ceased swirly-banging to throw her guitar at a fan who ...   More
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 Jason Simms

Collecting Rocks

Super XX Man unearths 10 years of folk-pop gems.

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I've consumed an awful lot of Mexican food with Super XX Man's Scott Garred, which has a lot to do with spending three music-packed days with him in Austin during annual music festival South by Southw ...   More
Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Amy Mccullough

Hearing Red

Dan Enberg and Bright Red Paper reinvent rock's reinvention.

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Funny story: A twentysomething indie-rocker is walking down the street one spring day in 2005 and runs into a schoolteacher from the sticks with a curiosity for urban music and a history as a classica ...   More
Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Michael Byrne

Changing Spaces: Pdx Jazz Edition

Jimmy Mak's will leave its modest digs behind, but its reputation will surely follow.

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Jim (Jimmy Mak) Makarounis may be the only pre-Socratic jazz-club owner in the world. Like the ancient philosopher Heraclitus, Makarounis' ancestral homeboy, the club owner understands that the nature ...   More
Wednesday, April 12, 2006 Tim Duroche
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