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500 words with... Bob Pollard

The Guided by Voices frontman said goodbye to his wife for his band. Now he says goodbye to his band for the unknown.

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The story of Robert Pollard and his rock-'n'-roll band Guided by Voices will go down in the books as one of the most unlikely in '90s indie rock. Led by Pollard--a former Ohio schoolteacher now close ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Richard Shirk


Kevin and Anita Robinson are joined in matrimony. But they're also bound by rock.

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About once a month one Portland band makes a strong argument for getting to the show early. Viva Voce--a loud and sophisticated two-piece indie-rock band--plays low on the bill with a band like Sebado ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 Richard Shirk


Night Avenger
"Night Avenger"? Some of us prowl around looking for the hidden good times of Portland 24-hours a day. And while "Evening Avenger" doesn't quite have the bad-ass ring to it, this is something to conte ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 Richard Shirk

Power of the Strat

Man of the Year bends and breaks its way to guitar rockdom.

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The guitar of folk hero Woody Guthrie carried a warning that read, "This machine kills fascists," and, for the most part, that statement was true. But the power of Guthrie's music came from a combinat ...   More
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 Richard Shirk


David Byrne's new album is the best of his solo career. But he's still nervous.

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David Byrne is in a constant state of polite nervousness. Between tics and quirks, the former Talking Heads front-man talks with the measured voice of a museum tour guide. In conversation and as an ar ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Richard Shirk

Q: Are We Not One-Hit Wonders?

For 12 years Devo tried to save humanity, but no one listened.

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Devo will forever be known as the band of guys in plastic hats cracking whips at cowboys while urging us to "whip it good." It was 1980 when Devo's oddball video for the hit single "Whip It" became an ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2004 Richard Shirk

Stain Removal

Clorox Girls wash the whine out of punk.

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In what seems to be the middle of "Walks the Streets" from the Clorox Girls' self-titled debut, the squalling guitar and fall-down backbeat take half a breath. Then, out of nowhere, the bop of a new s ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 2004 Richard Shirk

Zombie Radio

WW listened to 24 hours of corporate radio and lost our minds. We did it for you, Portland.

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1:15 am Saturday, June 12, 2004. 19 hours, 10 minutes in. "Numb" by U2 is pulsing out of the radio when I notice that I'm starting to see things--a black cube over my left shoulder, a towel hanging in ...   More
Wednesday, June 23, 2004 Richard Shirk
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