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Live Review: Jack White at the Rose Garden, Wednesday, Aug. 15


According to the Great Man theory of music criticism, artists occasionally emerge who are simply unlike everyone else. They don't always make sense, even at the height of their triumphs, and, despite setting the world aflame, they've no real contemporaries and leave no path to follow. Blessed with a storm-front live presence, tireless ambition, dizzying eccentricities, and an all encompassi...   More
Thursday, August 16, 2012 by JAY HORTON

Primer: The Fixx

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Formed: London, 1979. Sounds like: For those age 45 and above: that delirious moment of pop history when unprecedented racial, sexual and intellectual freedoms glimpsed a better world through spi   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 JAY HORTON

Rave On

Portland’s Monarques (finally) spread their wings.

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Even for a town rife with butterfly collectors eager to net especially rarefied species, Monarques’ fitful approach toward maintaining band loyalty would ordinarily test the patience of even the   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 JAY HORTON

Live Review: Bassnectar @ Roseland Theater, Friday, May 11


Turns out that this week is extremely late concert review week. My bad. It was worth the wait, though. -Ed.
Impassioned critiques of dubstep invariably come across as either crotchety or insufferable, I know, but a ring of truth resonates around complaints that electronic music dissolves the recognizably organic from its most popular creations. There's something unsettling about a subbi...   More
Thursday, May 17, 2012 by JAY HORTON

Album Review: Leigh Marble

Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows (Laughing Stock)

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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] It has been more than four years since Leigh Marble recorded critically acclaimed sophomore album Red Tornado, and during the elongated gestation of latest offering Where the Knive   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 JAY HORTON

Primer: KMRIA

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Formed: Around Christmas Eve 2005, when Portland musicians Ezra Holbrook and Jenny Conlee-Drizos first shared an admiration for the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York.” KMRIA (Kiss My Royal Ir   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 JAY HORTON

Jonathan Toubin Benefit Tonight at East End


[Sorry for the last-minute nature of this one, but jeez, talk about a good cause. -Ed.]

By now, most folks have heard about the horrific accident that befell New York Night Train's Jonathan Toubin last Friday, when a Radio Cab literally ran over the NYC DJ and honorary Portlander as he lay sleeping inside his Jupiter Hotel room, and a portion of East End's bar sales as well as the entirety ...   More
Friday, December 16, 2011 by JAY HORTON

The Dandy Warhols: Dec. 9-11

The Dandy Warhols are for the children.

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[HOLIDAY PSYCH ROCK] In the 17 years since the Dandy Warhols first recorded their weirdly definitive rendition of “Little Drummer Boy,” the Portland icons—our most continuously successful    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 JAY HORTON

P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.: Saturday, Nov. 26

Portland rock supergroup blitzes Europe behind its vinyl debut.

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[ROCK] It’s not, to answer the most obvious question, an acronym. When Kelly Halliburton (Pierced Arrows) first asked Bradly (Weaklings, Lucky 13s) in the spring of 1999 to step in as vocalist as hi   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 JAY HORTON

Primer: Smoochknob

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Formed: Around the turn of the millennium, when frontman-to-be Donnie Rife abandoned the Midwest for the promise of Portland. Sounds like: Weezer, should a lovely and uncomplicated girl have approach   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 JAY HORTON

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