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MusicfestNW 2014: The Essential Spoon Playlist

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


MFNW 2014
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

Live Review: Danny Brown at Roseland Theater, 5/11

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It’s been a while since I’ve seen a crowd so hyped to see an artist perform, but I’m guessing that’s the type of devotion that Detroit’s Danny Brown is used to these days. The kids packing the Roseland Theater this past Mother's Day were straight rowdy from the opening tip, pogoing in unison and shouting “Danny! Danny!” before the house lights turned low. Brown’s c...   More
 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Danny Brown

Show Preview: Danny Brown at Roseland Theater


Music Stories
[DETROIT RAP CITY] If Drake is, as New York Times critic Jon Caramanica wrote last year, “all the emoji: prayer hands, dancing girls, diamond ring, blown kiss, laughing through tears,” then    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bar Guide 2014: Bringing Pickle Back

The pickleback cocktail comes straight outta Bushwick, it looks like pee, and it puts out fires.


Bar Guide
“Are you seriously going to drink that?” is not a phrase you often hear at a Portland dive. But on an unusually warm early spring evening at Church (page 16), everyone else crowded around the    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bar Guide 2014: Renner's Grill


Bar Guide
Renner’s Grill7819 SW Capitol Highway, 246-9097, rennersgrill.com. 11-2:30 am daily. To an outsider, certain neighborhood bars feel more like a secret passed from house to house than a place to sit    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bar Guide 2014: Alibi Tiki Lounge


Bar Guide
Alibi Tiki Lounge4024 N Interstate Ave., 287-5335, alibiportland.com. 11 am-2 am daily.Lemme put this out there for the uninitiated: Shit gets weird at the Alibi on a Sunday night. Not that Portland   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bar Guide 2014: The Secret Society


Bar Guide
The Secret Society 116 NE Russell St., 493-3600, secretsociety.net. 5 pm-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 5 pm-1 am Friday-Saturday.Long a refuge for the overflow crowd from neighbors Toro Bravo and the Wond   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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