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Primer: Andre Nickatina

Music Stories
Born: March 11,  1970, in San Francisco. Sounds like: A nerve-racking conversation with a sketchy, well-dressed character in a dark strip club.  For fans of: Mac Dre, Rappin 4-Tay, Spice 1,    More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 REED JACKSON

Video: New TxE Disc Coming Soon

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Portland-based hip-hop group TxE (pronounced “T and E”)—a trio made up of Living Proof MC Tope, Epp and up-and-coming producer G_Force (also known as Calvin Valentine)—is about to release its official debut album, We Get It In True. Today, FRSH SLCTS released a “day in the life of” video to promote it. In the 6-minu...   More
Thursday, September 8, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Primer: Jean Grae

Music Stories
Born: In 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa (before relocating to New York as a child) Sounds like: A female version of Talib Kweli or Masta Ace—but funnier than either of them.  For fans of: Litt   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 REED JACKSON

Get New Albums from Braille and Luck-One...FREE!

Native Lungs (Humble Beast), King of the Northwest Mixtape (Focused Noise)


Two of Portland's finest MCs—hip-hop veteran Braille and fiery young talent Luck-One—both released albums today for free, vastly improving your Tuesday with a dose of intellectual-yet-bumpable hip-hop.

Check them both out below.

Braille - Native Lungs
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: My-G, "Sunshine," Vito y Coco II (Indamix Records)


Let’s be real: June, weather wise, is not really a summer month in Portland. And, if we’re going to be completely honest, aside from a few days here and there, neither is July. The sun mostly only shines its big fat face in August and September, when it gets sick of everyone's whining and smolders the city with heat as if saying, “You asked for it! Good luck wearing your flannel now!” So...   More
Friday, August 26, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Braille: Friday, Aug. 26

Portland's Braille is a hip-hop lifer.

Music Stories
[HIP-HOP] When Portland’s Bryan “Braille” Winchester was 17, hip-hop seemed like a practical career path. With adult responsibilities on the way and no high-school diploma, Winchester’s bes   More
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 REED JACKSON

Rogue Hall: I’ll Play Your Game, You Rogue

Bar Reviews
What better beer company to open a brewery near PSU’s campus than Rogue, creator of the ingenious PSU IPA? Located beneath the student-packed halls of the Vue apartments and right next to the Sout   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 REED JACKSON

Paper/Upper/Cuts Thursday, July 28

David “Papi” Fimbres is a big, sweaty, teddy-bear genius.

Music Stories
[SPACE JAMS] When you spend time with David “Papi” Fimbres, two things quickly become apparent: First, the 31-year-old is extremely talented—he plays everything from drums to tuba as part of h   More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 REED JACKSON

Best of Portland 2011: Then & Now

Featured Stories
1985 - Best Pizza Thrower Dave Hite is something of a hero among working-class eaters. Before the bespectacled young man from Spokane, best known as the dapper saxophone player for the Fabulous K-T   More

Cut of the Day: Gen.Erik, "Dear Portland," (Focused Noise)


(Sigh) Another musician is leaving our small town for the bright lights of a bigger city. This time, it’s Animal Farm’s talented MC/producer/manager Gen. Erik. On “Dear Portland,” the Focused Noise CEO writes a break-up song for his old flame (Stumptown), explaining that he’ll always love her, but is taking off with a much better-dressed, well-connected lady friend that can help him su...   More
Thursday, July 21, 2011 by REED JACKSON
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