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Q&A: Nicholas Harris of Soul'd Out Festival


Festival season being nearly upon us, we thought we'd talk to one of the folks who makes them happen. The Soul'd Out fest, now in its third year, seems the least likely of all Portland's music festivals. It is focused primarily on black music in a city often lampooned for its whiteness, and—despite highbrow offerings from folks like Portland-raised Esperanza Spalding and jazz legend Dr. Lonnie S...   More
Thursday, March 22, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Seven Secrets To Loving SXSW

Advice for wayward travelers from a four-year festival veteran.

Music Stories
Every year I learn a few more what-not-to-dos at Austin’s SXSW music festival: Don’t sleep in too late or you’ll miss the free tacos; RSVP for everything, just in case; don’t make elaborat   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Luck-One & Dekk

Beautiful Music Part 2

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[HIP-HOP] First things first: Beautiful Music Part 2 is the best album Luck-One has recorded to date. It’s a fine mix of the personal, the political and the spiritual. Dekk’s beats stagger d   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Mic Check: The Candlelight Room

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For the past 28 years, the CandleLight Room has been one of Portland’s most diverse and laid-back clubs. Though it sits on the edge of the Portland State University campus, the club has long bee   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Tex Mix

What Austin food trucks have that Portland food carts don’t.

Food Cart Reviews
The Austin food-cart scene is not all steak, tacos and steak tacos. In fact, on my visit to what’s often considered the nation’s No. 2 food-cart town (Portland is tops, natch), I even found a    More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Bucks at Blazers


Well, my apologies for recycling an old Brandon Jennings cartoon (I mean, sheesh, it doesn't even look like the guy), but I'm just back from Texas and a little overwhelmed at work. Should be nice, then, to see my two favorite Blazers, Marcus Camby and Gerald Wallace, take down the Bucks!Oh, wait. What's this? I'm looking at the roster and it seems that...yeah, it looks like both Gerald a...   More
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

The King of Hymns

Trinity Episcopal goes beyond the U2charist with a Radiohead liturgy.

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In a sunlit, bookshelf-lined waiting room upstairs at Northwest Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Church, the Rev. William Lupfer talks casually across a coffee table about the Beatles, Carl Jung and   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The Twilight Sad: Sunday, March 11

“Braveheart is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen in my life.”— James Graham of Scottish band Twilight Sad.

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[ROCK] The Twilight Sad is extremely loud in concert. Andy MacFarlane crafts intense walls of sound on the band’s records and James Graham writes mysterious, haunting lyrics that touch on childh   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Primer: Islands

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Formed: 2005 in Montreal. Sounds like: Munch’s Make Believe Band after a lengthy tour of Amsterdam. For fans of: The Unicorns, Arcade Fire, The Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Weezer. Latest release: T   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Pickathon Announces Lineup


The way the folks at Pickathon do their booking is really kind of unique. Everyone involved brings music to regular get-togethers in co-founder Zale Schoenborn's basement and, over beers, they just sit around listening. The talk isn't about draw or demographics—though, obviously, the question "will folks like it?" comes up a lot—it's a...   More
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

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