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Win Tickets to Tomorrow Night's Low Holiday Show


Slowcore outfit Low is probably the last band you'd ever expect to record a Christmas song. Led by married couple Alan Sparhawk (guitar, whispered voice) and Mimi Parker (drums, whispered voice), the trio traffic in long, glacial songs that barely crawl past a healthy gallop. But despite the gravity...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Almost Live: Clippers at Blazers


What's wrong with the Blazers? It's the question that everyone has been pondering the past few weeks, but nobody has been able to come up with any discernable answers. But the team's current draught—six losses in a row, including a brutal four game trip back East that saw the Blazers los...   More
 
Sunday, December 5, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Blouse, "Shadow" and "Into Black" (Old Wave Records)


These days, there are few secrets on the Internet. Our insatiable need for information and transparency is erasing the boundaries of personal space and the private; when the government's secrets end up on WikiLeaks and Taylor Swift's new album is just a click away for anyone with knowledge of Ra...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Archers Thursday, Dec. 2


One of Portland’s best new rock bands runs away from a hapless SoCal town.

[GUIDED BY INDIE-ROCK VOICES] Growing up in the quiet, conservative town of Romoland, Calif., (pop. 2,764) Chris and Mike Cantino of the angular indie-rock band Archers knew they didn’t really fit in. “People were most interested in dirt bikes and money,” Chris says with a straight fac...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Archers Thursday, Dec. 2

One of Portland’s best new rock bands runs away from a hapless SoCal town.


Music Stories
[GUIDED BY INDIE-ROCK VOICES] Growing up in the quiet, conservative town of Romoland, Calif., (pop. 2,764) Chris and Mike Cantino of the angular indie-rock band Archers knew they didn’t really f ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

CD Review: Problems?


You Have To Hold On (Birdseed Collective)

[HEADPHONE MASTERPIECE] Opening your debut EP with a sampled snippet from 2001: A Space Odyssey proclaiming, “My God, it’s full of stars!” is one bold, audacious move. It’s a claim that’s damn hard to live up to: The scene is set, expectations are suddenly sky-high, and you come off as just a wee b...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

CD Review: Problems?

You Have To Hold On (Birdseed Collective)


Music Stories
[HEADPHONE MASTERPIECE] Opening your debut EP with a sampled snippet from 2001: A Space Odyssey proclaiming, “My God, it’s full of stars!” is one bold, audacious move. It’s a c ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Championship Swagger


Bar Reviews
Let me get this out of the way early: Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., spiritof77bar.com), the new Trail Blazers-themed watering hole, is not the best sports bar in town. But still, ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing Wild Ones


Well, how about this for a Tuesday surprise: Danielle Sullivan, Thomas Himes, and Clayton Knapp of beloved (and, sadly, inactive) local indie poppers Eskimo & Sons have a new band. And website. And five song EP, You're a Winner, that you can download fo...   More
 
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Video: The Decemberists Get "Down" on Conan


I'm an awful Conan O'Brien fan. I'll admit that I'm not the most devout member of "Team Coco," but my excitement for The Big Red Head's new TBS talk show has waned to the point that I would have completely forgotten he was on if it wasn't for Colin Meloy. Last night the Decemberists debu...   More
 
Friday, November 19, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
 

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