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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

Yeah Great Fine Wednesday, Nov. 17


Former members of the Grown Children make math rock for dancers.

[INTELLIGENT PARTY MUSIC] When Yeah Great Fine embarked on its first Northwestern tour, the band worried it would be hard for people outside Portland to understand its blend of up-tempo, fun dance music and odd, jazzy time signatures. It only took one special night in La Grande to change opinions. “When we got th...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Blonde Redhead


Formed: In New York City in 1993. Sounds like: Two decades of 4AD records soundtracking an arty French film in which a young couple sits at a coffee table dreaming about horses. For fans of: Early Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Asobi Seksu. Latest release: 2010’s electronic-infused lullaby Penny Sparkle. Why you care: Few bands exud...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Yeah Great Fine Wednesday, Nov. 17

Former members of the Grown Children make math rock for dancers.


Music Stories
[INTELLIGENT PARTY MUSIC] When Yeah Great Fine embarked on its first Northwestern tour, the band worried it would be hard for people outside Portland to understand its blend of up-tempo, fun dance mus ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Primer: Blonde Redhead


Music Stories
Formed: In New York City in 1993. Sounds like: Two decades of 4AD records soundtracking an arty French film in which a young couple sits at a coffee table dreaming about horses. For fans of: Early Son ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Wild Flag, Kicking Ass (with Photo and Video Proof!)


I can't believe I missed the Wild Flag show. No, really: After watching video of the new Portland supergroup play a song called "Future Crimes" five times in a row—and standing up and jeopardizing the whole knee rehab-thing by playing some windmill air guitar in my cubicle&#821...   More
 
Monday, November 15, 2010 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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