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Menomena Preps New Record, Signs to Barsuk

You'd be forgiven if you forgot about Menomena. The trio of pop-experimentalists haven't played a show since MusicfestNW last September. And, as I learned during a chat with bandmembers Danny Seim and Justin Harris over some black bean garlic chicken this afternoon, the bandmembers haven't even played instrume...   More
Friday, August 11, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

MusicfestNW Lineup Solidified and Solid

Regular Local Cut readers (Mom, Mikey) might have noticed a bit of a slowdown in this journal's usually endless stream of fascinating music news and opinions. But worry not, faithful Portland music fan. We have not given up the ship to Mr. Byron Beck, who, if you hadn't noticed, is currently guesting on...   More
Thursday, August 10, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Marr Now "Full Blown" Member of Modest Mouse

Late last week Filter Magazine reported that Modest Mouse leadman Isaac Brock has brought guitarist Johnny Marr of the Smith's on as a full-time member, officially turning Modest Mouse. As anyone who reads Willamette Week knows, Marr has been helping the band with its upcoming release, We Were De...   More
Tuesday, August 8, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Norfolk & Western Finishes The Unsung Colony

The fuzz-folksters in Norfolk & Western have finished the follow-up to the band's spring release, The Guilded Age. The name of the album is The Unsung Colony and, well, Christ I'm tired. I think I'll just let N&W drummer Rachel Blumberg take it from here. From the band's MySpace page:

Friday, August 4, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Lumberjax Looking for Local Music

The Portland Lumberjax, the National Lacrosse League team that fills the Rose Garden with people waiting through a lot of ball-handling to see a fight, is looking for a few good bands (or DJs or emcees, but probably not singer-songwriters) to make its team even more Portland. The team is asking local musicians...   More
Friday, August 4, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Another Sleater-Kinney Show to be Webcast Today

If you didn't get a chance to listen to Sleater-Kinney's live webcast from the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. last night, rest easy. There is another opportunity for you to hear the power-trio streamed with digital technology of questionable audio quality.

This afternoon (Aug. 4) at 5:30 pm the ba...   More
Friday, August 4, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

PDX Pop Now! Day One Available for Download

Those of you who, like me, missed much of the PDX Pop Now! Festival that took place at Loveland last weekend have once again been saved by technology. Marcus Estes, One of the men behind the clever new podcasting-and-other-mysterious-music-techie-thingies website called Tables Turned recorded almost the entire...   More
Thursday, August 3, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

New Viva Voce Video Leaked to Spin

Anyone who doubted Viva Voce signing to Seattle's Barsuk Records (okay, I know that no one did, but stick with me, we'll get past this lead together) is wearing an egg mask now. With the reputable label behind it, the band has been gaining a lot of advanced attention, a.k.a. hype, for it's upcoming Sept. 12 re...   More
Thursday, August 3, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Liv Warfield to Open for the Dave Matthews Band

Portland soul machine Liv Warfield has been hand-picked to open three dates of the Dave Matthews Band's summer tour. Warfield will be performing with her band as Liv & the Warfield Project at the strikingly beautiful Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash. Sept 1-3.

Now, I don't know if you realize ...   More
Thursday, August 3, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Adam Gnade Gets UK Release for Latest EP

Portland spoken word musician Adam Gnade has just inked a deal that will take his introspective folk narratives across the Atlantic. Gnade, who calls Loud and Clear Records home stateside, will be releasing his latest EP, Shout the Rafters Down!, with Drowned in Sound, the UK label that counts Metric, M...   More
Thursday, August 3, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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