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Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Chasing Away The Dots (Fluff and Gravy)

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[GIVE THE SIDEMAN SOME] The latest solo effort by Mike Coykendall is probably going to be the one that finally gets this erstwhile backup musician some long overdue attention. Unfortunately, tha   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ROBERT HAM

TBA Diaires: Brainstorm and Sahel Sounds, Global and Mobile Pop


Walking into the world of TBA:12 for the first time was a rather disorienting. The beefy security guards seemed far too on edge for an arts festival. And the staff and volunteers carried the harried and exhausted look in their eyes that I remember seeing in the mirror during the first few months of my son’s life. Smile as they might, you could tell the late nights, and the care and feeding of th...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Ben Mason

Acapulco: Volume 2—Pdx (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[VOX HUMANA] I don’t envy any new artist trying to get themselves noticed these days. Unless they’re packing some major-label heat, the only way to crack the full-to-bursting head and hard-dri   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Amon Tobin: Sunday, Sept. 2

An electronic-music pioneer thinks outside the box...by putting himself in a big box.

Music Stories
[SOUND AND VISION] If you ever want to hear the sound of grown men and women reduced to the giggly wonder of 10-year-olds, cue up some YouTube videos of Amon Tobin’s current live show. The 40-   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 ROBERT HAM

EXCLUSIVE DOWNLOAD: No Kind Of Rider, "Arial"


Who doesn't love a little exclusive music to start off a work week? One of our favorite local acts No Kind of Rider have offered up a download of "Arial", a simmering and beautiful track that will be featured on the band's upcoming release Live From The Banana Stand. The album—released as part of a series of live recordings captur...   More
Monday, August 27, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Download This: Superfest Synthquest Mix From Atole


For all the hard work of the promoters, artists, and clubs here in town, Portland is still not looked upon as the dance/electronic music mecca that it truly is.Don't believe me? How about you listen to this amazing mix put together by Atole of all local synthpop artists. Everyone from Miracles Club to Strategy to Jeffrey Jerusalem to Grapefruit is represented, and it is a 45-minute long ...   More
Friday, August 24, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Blue Skies For Black Hearts, Lost Lander, Bob Mould, Redneck, Mannequinhead


You just got into the office. Take a few minutes for yourself and watch some videos. By golly, I think you've earned it. You worked so hard this week! Don't let The Man keep you down. As you know, OMSI has been making connections with the local indie rock scene here and there, bringing in folks to play live on the grounds of the museum as part of their    More
Friday, August 24, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

The Imposter

Faking it so real.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Were it not for the footage of news reports edited into the film, as well as the raft of information out there on the disappearance of 13-year-old Texan Nicholas Barclay back in 1994, you might    More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Raymond Byron & The White Freighter: Friday, Aug. 24

On finding a home, getting live and jumping in the river.

Music Stories
[RIVER ROCK] Ray Raposa looks relaxed. Sitting on the back patio at Vendetta on North Williams Avenue, he has the appropriately glazed sheen of someone who spent the day soaking in the sun and f   More
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 ROBERT HAM

EXCLUSIVE: Fall Into Darkness 2012 Unveils Lineup


We here at Local Cut fully cop to the fact that we had the inside track on this announcement. The organizer of the annual celebration of the dark musical arts that is Fall Into Darkness is one Nathan Carson, a regular freelancer for our music section. But let's be clear here: we would be salivating all over this news if we knew Nathan or not. Because of his connections in the worldwide metal ...   More
Sunday, August 19, 2012 by ROBERT HAM
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