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Sleater-Kinney Sold Out. Scalpers Happy. Fans Not.


There was a short, but mad dash for tickets to the final Sleater-Kinney show on Saturday. By approximately 10 minutes after 10 a.m., when the tickets to the Aug. 11 Crystal Ballroom show went on sale, every available ticket was gone. The sad thing is that the Crystal Ballroom box office (the only place you cou...   More
 
Monday, July 10, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Tom Miller, 1951-2006


On June 16, 10 days short of his 55th birthday, Portland musician Tom Miller passed away. The Portland native had been battling cancer for 4 years. I didn't know him, but after reading the bio on the memorial site, Remembering Tom Miller, I wish I had. Many might remember Miller playing standup bass in the Por...   More
 
Saturday, July 8, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

The Minders Added to City Hall Pop Fest


Local Cut just received more details on the free, all-ages City Hall concert set to go down on July 19. Word is that delicious pop hooks will be served by the Minders, who will play to the crowd gathered at Fourth Ave. before leaving on a big-ass U.S. tour. The band will be opening for Quasi at the even...   More
 
Saturday, July 8, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Quasi to Rock Portland City Hall


Looks like City Hall is gettin' into the music business. Sam Adams staffer Jesse Beason recently told Willamette Week newshound Angela Valdez that the City Commissioner is organizing an all-local concert outside the municipal building at 1221 SW Fourth Ave. Beason says that the event will be held in con...   More
 
Friday, July 7, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Storm Kills on Rock Star! Yawn.


Rock Star: Supernova, starring Portland's very own Storm Large, premiered last night with live performances from all 15 contestants. I missed it, but managed to watch all the performances on the Rock Star website. There I learned a few things.

1. If the devil were a complete tool ...   More
 
Thursday, July 6, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Alela Diane, "Heavy Walls" from The Pirate's Gospel


Diane, who moved to Portland from Nevada City, sings finger-picked gospel songs from the gut, but she has a much better sense of proper dynamics and delivery than the other musicians from her hometown that have earned her style the misnomer of a moniker, Freak Folk. It's all here in this this track from her 2004 release, The Pirate's Gospel. A woozy lament, this song isn't all whisperin' an...   More
 
Thursday, July 6, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

MusicfestNW Announces Bulk of 2006 Lineup


MusicfestNW officially announced much of the lineup for this year's three-day city-wide music festival today. And before we say anything else, we must point out that this year's festival will feature the Dandy Warhols sharing a bill with Brian Jonestown Massacre Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Crystal Ballroom. That ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Welcome to the Future of Portland Music Journalism


The first time the phrase "Local Cut" appeared in the pages of Willamette Week was Jan. 7, 2004. Bold, in all caps and accompanied by the unfortunate tagline "Like Crack for PDX Music Fans," the title stood atop a slender 500-word column. Local Cut wasn't only a new name in the paper, it was also a new ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Brenda Weiler Talks New Music


After Brenda Weiler's sister took her own life last October, the songwriter told WW that her "first reaction was that I was never going to play music again." At that time (in March), Weiler had started to come back to the live stage, a move that she admitted was incredibly painful. So, I was happy to re...   More
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

Loch Lomond, "Bird and a Bear" from Lament for Children (unreleased)


Ritchie Young has yet to find a label for Loch Lomond's follow-up to 2003's When We Were Mountains (In Music We Trust), but the leadman has got the whole thing recorded and given it the tense title Lament for Children. The album was recorded with two different bands, as Young lost Rob Oberdorfer to the Standard and Kate OBrien to Iretsu half way through the recording. "Bird and a Bea...   More
 
Wednesday, July 5, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN
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