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Swell Maps

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Swell MapsA Trip to Marineville;Jane from Occupied Europe(Secretly Canadian)Thirty years ago, the Godfrey brothers entered their parents' garage with no expectations. They came out with two albums and ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Matt Wright

Off of the TELEPHONE POLE, into the GALLERY

Portland's concert-poster artists show WW what their posters are made of.

Music Stories
If live concerts are the heart of the music world, then gig posters are the arteries. Saddled with a practical mission, the concert poster is responsible for getting the word out and bringing people i ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Matt Wright

THE STACK with Barrett Ryker

Portland General Electro leadman moves asses and could teach classes...in international relations.

Music Stories
It's 2 am on a recent Friday in a Southeast Portland house, and the roof is on fire. Barrett Ryker is on the decks as DTFM, spinning an alien strain of dance music that combines punk's energy with the ...   More
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 Matt Wright

Into Focus

Blitzen Trapper lets up on experimentation, hones in on pop perfection.

Music Stories
Five youngish men sit slumped low about their lovingly cluttered home studio in Southeast Portland. Instruments and band posters abound. Someone has spray-painted the words "Helter Skelter" to the wal ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 Matt Wright
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