Photo Review: Gossip at Crystal Ballroom, Oct. 10


[Editor's Note: Hey, we've been busy. Seriously, though, apologies to Nilina Mason-Campbell for posting this so late. Really, though: Is it ever too late to enjoy live photos of Gossip?]Headlining Crystal Ballroom for the first time, Gossip frontwoman Beth Ditto couldn't hide her excitement, acknowledging the milestone moments af...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Photo Review: Grizzly Bear at Keller Auditorium, Oct. 4


Grizzly Bear is the best band of its generation. There, I said it. Maybe it'll take one more great album for the Brooklyn avant-pop foursome to really cement that status—though with the release this year's Shields, the group is already three-for-three—but after witnessing last week's sublime performance in Portland, it certainly f...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Photo Review: Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside at Doug Fir, Sept. 21


Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at Doug Fir Lounge, Sept. 21, 2012Fresh off tour and back in Portland, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside took the stage at the Doug Fir to headline a sold-out, OPB-sponsored homecoming show on Sept. 21. Arriving just after 10 pm, the band performed a set...   More
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Jukebox of Guilty Pleasures: 1939 Ensemble


Avant-garde duo 1939 Ensemble takes us back to both ends of the 1980s in this edition of Jukebox of Guilty Pleasures. First David Coniglio starts us off in 1980 with a Billy Joel track and provides his reasons for doing so and then his partner in crime Jose Medeles brings us up to speed with one of the most comical hip-hop jams of 1989 that still continues to haunt remixes and blogs alike. <...   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Live Review: Black Prairie and Sallie Ford (on Live Wire!) @ Alberta Rose Theatre, Saturday, April 14

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On Saturday evening, shortly before showtime, a little bird told me that Black Prairie was slated to be the musical guests on Live Wire!, the Portland-recorded and nationally syndicated public radio variety show. Not only that, but Sallie Ford was to join the quintet as a vocalist for at least one song. With that in mind, m...   More
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Cut of the Day: Foreign Orange, "Day by Day Livin," Ghost Vibrations EP


Don't let the disco-esque guitar chords, oozing keyboards of "Day by Day Livin'" fool you. At first I was lulled by the retro vibe of the opening track from Foreign Orange's Ghost Vibrations EP. The deceptively feel-good quality of the music permeates the entire track, elevated by the guitar chords and danceable beat, but is c...   More
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Jukebox of Guilty Pleasures: Yours


What time is it? Time for another round of Jukebox of Guilty Pleasures. Stepping up the plate this week is the guitar-driver and ultra-jangly quartet Yours. We get one youtube video per member as each of the four shares their musical guilty pleasures. But not only do we find out what songs are lurking in their closet of guilty plea...   More
Friday, March 30, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Cut of the Day (Throwback Edition): The Blow, "Hey Boy"


Two weeks ago I was in Paris to cover Paris Fashion Week. A big part of each runway show is the music and at show after show in the City of Light—after crowds were led in, but before the models took to the catwalk—a familiar voice and beat haunted the venues. It's always nice to get a musical blast from the past. Sometimes it comes from my itunes continuing to play after I've fallen asleep and...   More
Thursday, March 29, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Photo Review: Nick Jaina and Run On Sentence in Marfa, Texas


Marfa has been on my list of places to visit for a good long time now. It just seems so absolutely bizarre and magical—this tiny Texas town, seemingly isolated in the desert, yet capable of attracting all sorts of artists, poets and musicians and Prada. (Let's not forget that the Italian brand has a display case out in the middle of nowhere there.) Plus, there's the whole mystery lights phenomen...   More
Thursday, March 22, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL

Live Review: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside in Paris, France


There's the common phrase of "Big in Japan," which can be applied to bands who experience massive success abroad in the notoriously music-crazed Asian country. When it comes to Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, all you have to do is swap out Japan for France and the phrase will still ring true. Turn on the radio? ...   More
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by NILINA MASON-CAMPBELL
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