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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

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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

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[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

Live Review: Taylor Swift at the Rose Garden, Tuesday, Sept. 6

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Undeniably talented, remarkably successful and that rare recording artist to match her age with millions of albums sold absent Svengali rumors or meme exploitation, Taylor Swift appears at the tender age of 21 already guaranteed an enduring career never quite of the moment. It's no small testament to the power of the Princess Economy that ticket sales for the ongoing Speak Now tour overwhel...   More
 
Thursday, September 8, 2011 by JAY HORTON
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