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Primer: Refused

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Formed: In 1991 in Umeå, Sweden.  Sounds like: Oceanic riffage thrown in a blender with free jazz and lots of bad Marxist poetry.  For fans of: Born Against, the Make-Up, the Blood Brothe   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: More with Cool Nutz

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For me, Cool Nutz was an acquired taste. His delivery and lyrical approach have changed over the years, but in general his style is meticulous and impressionistic. He makes sure the listener hears every word in his raps. This isn't always a style that grabs the listener by the throat. Nutz won't go on a Tech N9ne style machine-gun verbal assault; he seldom chooses in-your-face subject matter (e...   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Cool Nutz

The mayor of Portland rap on the n-word, Macklemore and giving back.

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Among other nicknames, Cool Nutz has sometimes been referred to as “the mayor.” He remains, after 20 years of making music in Portland, the most visible face of this city’s hip-hop scene.    More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Incredible Yacht Control

Amateur Hypnotist (Self-Released)

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[HEAVY POP] Amateur Hypnotist opens with 3½ minutes of queasy, warped-tape instrumental fare. That shaky stretch of sound serves as fair warning to ye brave souls who dare venture beyond. Thoug   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Mike Coykendall, "The Hippie Girl (feat. Ben Gibbard, Eric Earley, Zooey Deschanel)," Chasing Away the Dots (Fluff and Gravy)


I am proud of Mike Coykendall for calling in a few favors! The Portland producer/sideman/singer-songwriter is so low-key and unassuming that although he regularly works with some of the biggest folks in the indie music world—M. Ward, She & Him, Blitzen Trapper, Bright Eyes—you'd never know it from the guy's low-key demeanor. Coykendall is, above all, a music geek—which is exactly why the...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Chicharones

Swine Flew (Camobear)

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[POST-HIP-HOP] The Chicharones are best experienced live. This isn’t likely to change, barring the release of a high-budget 3-D live show on Blu-ray, because so much of what makes the Chicharone   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Pick of the Litter

Pickathon bucks industry trends to craft the music fest of the future.

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I don’t do outdoor festivals. This has as much to do with my own pasty skin and aversion to large crowds as it does the with inherent disadvantages of seeing your favorite band’s music drift u   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Obscure Acts at Pickathon

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Petunia & the VipersA Canadian “avant-country” act with a cult following up north that’s just starting to tour the U.S. regularly. Haunting, weird stuff. Ted Jones and the Tarheel BoysOn   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Live Review: Fiona Apple, July 26 @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall


Through some sort of mix-up or a really benevolent publicist, my tickets to see Fiona Apple were the best tickets I’ve ever had in my life. To anything. I mean, I’ve sat cross-legged on the floor and watched Calvin Johnson play a coffee shop; I’ve been invited to sit onstage to see friends’ bands play; I’ve crammed up into the front at standing-room-only shows. I've even pretended to be ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Fanno Creek

End Is End (Self-Released)

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[BEAT POP] I really want to compare Fanno Creek to the Shaky Hands. It’s not that the trio’s sound particularly reminds of that gone-but-not-forgotten Portland act—sure, there’s some jangl   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
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