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Jackpot! Moving, Larry Crane Leaving Town

With condos sprouting like weeds around the corner of Southeast 20th Avenue and Morrison Street, where Jackpot! Recording Studio is located, it was fairly obvious that the historic recording studio, run by Portland music staple Larry Crane for the last 10 years, would soon be moving. And it is, as stated in a ...   More
Tuesday, July 11, 2006 by MARK BAUMGARTEN

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
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