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WW’s Top Five Favorite Local Hip-Hop Releases, 2010

Taco Neck, Tutorial
The name kind of says it all—this is how you make an original hip-hop record in 2010: You take chances, take your time and take over. V!rtu, The Shoe-In
This album came out of left field and killed us with its lyricism, old-school flavor and energy. V!rtu is awesome.Mic Crenshaw, Under The Sun
One of the smartest lyricist...   More
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 by Local Cut

The Sound That Was, 2010

This year sucked, so we spent a lot of time with our headphones on.

The number “2010” looks great on paper. It’s a year sci-fi writers and daydreaming schoolkids have spent decades picturing. Where would we be in 2010? What would the world look like? Surely we were expecting magic. And as this decidedly un-magical year crawls to a close, it’s hard to feel goo...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by Local Cut

21 Jams From 2010

A 2010 mixtape designed to keep your ass moving well into 2011.

Hear almost all of these songs right here!Janelle Monáe ft. Big Boi, “Tightrope”
The best retro-funk R&B dance song since “Hey Ya!” Here We Go Magic, “Collector”
It sounds like the Talking Hea...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 by Local Cut

Top Five Reasons To Buy Another Gray Christmas, Vol. 4

Because the money’s going to P:earAnd P:ear is a really awesome local nonprofit that helps kids learn to believe in themselves (and maybe rock out a bit in the process).Because AndAndAnd is awesomeThe hotshit local buzz-band ends our compilation with a boozy Christmas story about walking home drunk from a bar. Love it.Because there’s a dog on the coverBruce, namely...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by Local Cut

Andrew Jackson Jihad’s Top Five Albums We Pump In Our Van.

Todd Snider, Live at Grimey’s
These seven songs are brilliantly written and endearingly performed live by Mr. Snider. This guy makes all songwriters jealous.Mac Dre, Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game (Vol. 2)
Sweet remixes from the Bay Area’s fallen court jester. It’s hosted by DJ “Dragonstyle” Rick Lee, and is packed with th...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 by Local Cut

Destroy Nate Allen: Wal-Mart The #1 Rated Urban Camping Destination In America! (from Upstate, NY to North Carolina)

Some things in life are better left unsaid, so I'm gonna skip some stories from the last week. Let's just say we spent a week off in rural Pennsylvania with family. It's very interesting to see how at times things can be 20 years behind, and still effect how yo...   More
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 by Local Cut

Top Five: Champagne Champagne

Champagne Champagne’s Best ’80s And ’90s Sitcom Theme Songs

1. Full House
Great song. The idea of the track is questioning whatever happened to predictability—the standard things in life, like the milkman, the paperboy and even TV. This guy has no idea what going down in the world today, but then realizes not to give up...because everywhere y...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by Local Cut

Destroy Nate Allen: Keep Your Bags Off the Floor Just to Be Safe (from Casper, Wyoming to St. Louis)

Introdution/reminder: Destroy Nate Allen is a husband and wife interactive, singalong, folk-punk duo compised of Nate and Tessa Allen. It is on tour with Tyler Hentschel, the principle member of Portland tantrum folky noise makers Insomniac Folklore.

We joined our frien...   More
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by Local Cut

Doomtree’s Top Five Top Fives

1. The Jacksons
2. U.N. Security Council Permanent Member Countries
3. Fingers on Your Left Hand
4. Power Rangers
5. Love Languages

SEE IT: Doomtree plays Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Berbati’s Pan, with Rafael Vigilantics and L Pro & Destro. 8 pm. $10 advance, $13 day of show. All ages....   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by Local Cut

CD Reviews: Tree People, Your Rival

The Tree People It’s My Story

[MINIMAL FOLK] Following up a great album is hard to do. Following it up after a 26-year recording hiatus is just dumb. And yet, the Tree People have picked up right where they left off. The Portland-via-Eugene psychedelic folk group’s reunion disc, It’s My Story, is an album that showcases the same off-kilt...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 by Local Cut
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