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Hip-Hop Town Hall

My City Live brings both music and social issues to the tube.

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Most Sundays between 3 and 4 pm, the cast of Portland's long-running hip-hop, community-issues show My City Live can be seen nodding their heads to local rappers or listening to programming advice fro ...   More
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 CASEY JARMAN

Movin' On Up

Talkdemonic takes to the road and leaves some relics behind.

Riff City
"I can't believe I forgot it." Lisa Molinaro is riding in the backseat of a tan Econoline van cruising south on I-5 towards Eugene. There she and her Talkdemonic bandmate, Kevin O'Connor, will play th ...   More
Wednesday, March 29, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Indymedia Lied!

A call for accountability on the wide-open Web.

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Something needs to be cleared up. Two weeks ago, WW freelancer Jason Simms wrote an article about a clash pitting a few online commentators at Portland Independent Media Center (portland.indymedia.org ...   More
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

By The Grace Of Shane

Portland musicians pay tribute to the Pogues.

Riff City
This St. Patrick's Day, there will be plenty of Irish drinkin' music around Portland, but only the Doug Fir will be celebrating the darker and more poetic side of inebriation—not to mention the ...   More
Wednesday, March 15, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN


The FCC sinks Portland's radio pirates' signal.

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For the past three and a half years, the Portland Radio Authority did something improbable. The illegal 100-watt station had managed to operate every day, broadcasting an eclectic array of music acros ...   More
Wednesday, March 8, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Let Him Blurt

Mike Damron and I Can Lick Any SOB in the House bottle their live magic and deliver it, unsanitized.

Riff City
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House is an unlikely, Southern-rock cornerstone of the Portland music scene. The band's three solid studio albums are a nice showcase for frontman/founder Mike Damron ...   More
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 CASEY JARMAN

Out And A Doubt

Searching for songwriter solace on a cold winter's night.

Riff City
It's 20 degrees out, and the one-block walk between Food Hole and Valentine's seems like a crosstown trek. Your hands are numb because you didn't buy gloves this year. Your hoodie's up and the wind is ...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Grammy Grannies

Watching the music industry's lovefest through bifocal lenses.

Riff City
It was three minutes into the 48th Annual Grammy Awards when the cynicism kicked in. Stevie Wonder was on stage with Alicia Keys, leading the crowd of industry bigwigs and big-time entertainers in a s ...   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Out Of The Frying Pan

A month after getting the boot from Berbati's, Chantelle Hylton speaks.

Riff City
Chantelle Hylton has been everywhere in this town. As one of the most prolific bookers in Portland, she has moved bodies into the Medicine Hat, the Blackbird, Meow Meow, Satyricon and Loveland. Her mo ...   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2006 MARK BAUMGARTEN

Crack Up

Crackerbash, one of Portland's greatest bands ever, breaks up. Again.

Riff City
When Crackerbash reunited for MusicfestNW last fall, the result was as gloriously explosive as anything the Portland band wrought back in its early-'90s heyday. We wanted more—and we got it. On ...   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Sam Dodge Soule
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