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Primer: Keane

Music Stories
Formed: In 1997 in Battle, East Sussex, England. Sounds like: A respectful embrace of modestly attractive thirtysomethings outside a well-scrubbed cafe in drizzling twilight as patrons mirthlessl   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 JAY HORTON

Primer: Kreayshawn

Music Stories
Born: In San Francisco in 1989 as Natassia Gail Zolot.  Sounds like: An undergrad exercise in hip-hop compiled by a fitfully charming lass of compelling backstory and rather more friends tha   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 JAY HORTON

Meat Is Murder, Moz Is Wrestling

Last Friday, two men entered the Vern. One left with Morrissey tickets. Our report from, er, "ringside."


The titles write themselves, really. Stranglehold, here we come. Grappler in a coma. The Queen is down! Our participants, while welcoming coverage of what threatened to be face-shattering bloodsport, didn't quite understand why members of the press seemed more intrigued by prize (Morrissey ticket) than process (mortal combat), and, fair enough, there's story to be found in any...   More
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JAY HORTON

Album Review: The Slants

The Yellow Album (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[DANCE ROCK] However constant and far-flung their touring—last year’s breakneck schedule capped by a New Year’s Eve jaunt through Kosovo entertaining the troops—the Slants remain Portland�   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JAY HORTON

Primer: Calobo

Music Stories
Formed: 1988 on Washington’s Orcas Island.  Sounds like: Indigo Girls meet Blues Traveler, then go on to form Fleetwood Mac. For fans of: The ’90s; the Beavers; a wildly talented troupe o   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 JAY HORTON

Headout: An Adult Guide to Justin Bieber

Q: What is a “Bieber”?A: The latest iteration of a peculiar American rite of generational passage that serves up one relatively palatable teen idol to grab the hearts of our adolescents withou   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 JAY HORTON

The Foghorn Stringband: Thursday, Sept. 27

The old times, they are a-changin’.

Music Stories
[OLD-TIME PARTY MUSIC] It’s been well over a decade since mandolinist Caleb Klauder and fiddle player Sammy Lind first met with friends at the Northeast Portland pub the Moon and Sixpence to k   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 JAY HORTON

Portland Rock Trivia

Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene.

Cover Story
1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...   More

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

Music Stories
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

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