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Portland Radio Authority Reveals New Logo, Plan


The Portland Radio Authority got bucked by the Federal Communication Commission for illegally broadcasting on Portland airwaves last March. But the scrappy radio station is back, with a new logo (pretty ain't it) and a new plan. New station manager Jeff Simmons says that the former pirate station is going to f...   More
 
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Pseudosix to Kick Off City Hall Concert


The lineup is finally set for Wednesday's City Hall rock orgy, which is now being called the PDX Pop Now! Kickoff Concert. And the opener is: Pseudosix. A fine choice. Matt Wright, the publicist who helped set the show up with the office of City Commissioner Sam Adams pinpoints the reasoning for the selection:...   More
 
Tuesday, July 18, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Noted Engineer Jon Cohrs Leaving Portland


Jon Cohrs, one of Portland's brightest young recording engineers is leaving Portland for Brooklyn, where he will pursue his own artistic agenda. The engineer with the bright-red specs will be leaving behind a skinny-guy-sized hole in our hearts and a spot as an in-house engineer at Jackpot! Recording Studio to...   More
 
Monday, July 17, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

PDX Pop Now! Lineup Announced


Finally, with a cool two weeks to spare, the folks down at PDX Pop Now! headquarters have announced the lineup for the third annual all-local all-ages PDX Pop Now! Festival, set to take place July 28-30 at Loveland. While a few acts are yet to be announced, the initial lineup looks diverse, if a little slim on...   More
 
Monday, July 17, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

M. Ward Leaving Portland


You might want to sit down for this. M. Ward will soon be leaving Portland. According to a source close to the singer-songwriter, Ward will be moving to New Hampshire where his lady has been accepted into a graduate program at a university. Damned anonymous sources and their non-specific information.
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Saturday, July 15, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Fake GNR to Play to Accountants in Leather


Not many people know that Portland is home to one of the best Guns 'N' Roses tribute bands in the world. But I'll tell you who will know come Aug. 6: Rich dudes who couldn't just enjoy Easy Rider, but decided they had to live it (along with some verifiable badasses that I am hoping will not want to kick...   More
 
Friday, July 14, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Gossip, Swan Island, SMTP to Play Homo a Go Go


On Tuesday Aug. 1, Olympia, Wash. will transform from the capitol of Washington into the capitol of underground queer culture as the biennial Homo a Go Go Festival will envelop the city in all things homo. For six days there will be spoken word performances, socio-political workshops, craft fairs and, of cours...   More
 
Friday, July 14, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Howe Gelb with Scout Niblett, "I Want Candy / I Know What Boys Want / Who Do You Love / Not Fade Away" from Graciously (Funzalo Records)


This track from a compilation of new songs recorded at Tucson's Wavelab studio doesn't really translate on paper. A live mash-up of four classically overwrought songs by Portland's crash captain Scout Niblett and Tucson legend Howe Gelb, the track features a jaunty piano played in a drunken echo, some dude (Ge...   More
 
Thursday, July 13, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Elliott Smith, the Myth and the Man, Memorialized


Almost three years after Elliott Smith died of allegedly self-inflicted stab wounds, his image is as powerful as ever. When Smith's parents announced earlier this month that Outside In, a Portland agency for homeless kids, would soon become a beneficiary of the songwriter's memorial fund, people paid attention...   More
 
Thursday, July 13, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Sleater-Kinney To Play a Second Final Show


Likely due to an online hubbub over unfair ticket sales for Sleater-Kinney's final show at the Crystal Ballroom on Aug. 11, the group announced this afternoon that it has added a second show, set for Aug. 12. The Crystal Ballroom also announced that it will be releasing 250 more tickets for the Aug. 11 show. T...   More
 
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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