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Live Review: Jam'n 107.5's Boo Bomb at Memorial Coliseum, Oct. 24

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Entrances are important in hip-hop. Think of how Jay-Z began his retirement show at Madison Square Garden in 2004, as documented in Fade to Black: introduced by legendary boxing announcer Michael Buffer, running onstage to “What More Can I Say,” rocking a Biggie shirt. You can’t give off an air of pure bravado if yo...   More
 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

#TrillBlazin

The Blazers’ non-basketball power rankings: Offseason Edition.


Culture Features
Following the NBA is, more than ever, a full-time endeavor. For us basketball junkies, the once-sleepy offseason is now a fever dream of free-agency speculation, Trade Machine playfulness, and c   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: White Hinterland at Mississippi Studios, Oct. 12

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If Casey Dienel was nervous to play in Portland for the first time since she moved away a few years ago, she sure didn’t show. “I have some bangers to play,” she said, taking the stage behind her keyboard and bank of equipment. “But I’m not going to give them to you for a little while, because that’s what you expect.”  Recording under the name    More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Slight Return

The Constantines are back, but it’s best not to get too attached.


Music Stories
When the members of Canadian punk band the Constantines ended their four-year hiatus earlier this year in honor of the reissue of their landmark 2003 album, Shine a Light, they had a few probl   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Katy Perry at Moda Center, Sept. 12

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Toward the end of Friday night’s incredible arena spectacle, Katy Perry, emoji princess, compared the concert to a first date. Before I even get to how ridiculous that is—I wish all my OKCupid dates involved glow-in-the-dark gladiators and 3D glasses that made everything seem like an acid trip—let me say that she’s onto something. It was actually more like a third or fourth date: Yo...   More
 
Sunday, September 14, 2014 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Top Five Ways To Dress Well…For The Cam’ron Show


Top 5
Wear your finest pink mink coat.Back in the early ’00s, Cam was affectionately known as “Harlem’s Pink Panther” for his collection of oversized outerwear pinker than Bubblicious watermelon   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

MusicfestNW 2014: The Essential Spoon Playlist

The 12 most crucial songs from rock’s most consistent band.


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It’s possible—and probably correct—to say that Spoon is the most consistent, if not the outright best, rock band of the last 20 years. Since forming in Austin in 1993, the group, led by si   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide


MFNW 2014
On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Are We There Yet?

Sharon Van Etten’s life is a highway. She wants to pull over.


Music Stories
When Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returned from a grueling yearlong stint touring behind her 2012 album, Tramp, she was physically and emotionally spent. She promised her boyfriend    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Drinking Game of Pricks

A guide to getting drunk with Guided by Voices.


Music Stories
Few bands in indie rock inspire as much drunken devotion
as Guided by Voices. Led by former schoolteacher and Beatles devotee
Robert Pollard, the band’s expert mix of off-kilter whimsy, fist-pum   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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