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

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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
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011 by REED JACKSON

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

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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
 
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 ASHLEY COLLMAN, NATASHA GEILING, REED JACKSON, EVAN SERNOFFSKY, BEN WATERHOUSE

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

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(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

Cut of the Day: Luck-One, "Breakthrough," King of the Northwest Mixtape (Focused Noise Productions)

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Man, times are tough these days. Oregon is back at number 2 in terms of national unemployment rate rankings, which is where the state was when the recession supposedly “ended,” and Portlanders are feeling it. NPR reported earlier this year that wages in the city are sometimes ...   More
 
Thursday, July 14, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Cut of the Day: Sleepyvillain, "Closer," Arithmetic (Swoon City)

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Sleepyvillain has the type of name that people think they recognize, but really don’t. When I asked my editor if he'd ever heard of the Portland-based musician, he quickly answered, “I think so,” only to realize he was probably thinking of the local hip-hop artist Sleep, or local MC Sleepyhead. The confusion should not deter you: Sleepvillain’s music, despite not being very well-known even...   More
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 by REED JACKSON

Bazi Bierbrasserie: Cheap Flight


Bar Reviews
Apparently, in Belgium, bar food is both delicious and served at ridiculously low prices. Can’t afford a plane ticket? No worries. Portland’s own Bazi Bierbrasserie (1522 SE 32nd Ave., 234-8888,   More
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 REED JACKSON
 

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