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Cut of the Day: Rebecca Gates and the Consoritum "& & &" The Float (Parcematone/12XU)


 You want a quick litmus test to see how long someone has lived in Portland: ask them how they feel about a new Rebecca Gates album finally coming out. If they furrow their brows trying to place the name, you know that they're recent imports from some other far flung place. If their eyes light up and an excited grin comes across their face, they've been here for a stretch. Because for us...   More
Thursday, April 12, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

CONTEST: Win Tickets To See Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

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 There's something poetic about the fact that Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly is known as a "quiet storm" band. The genre designation has to do with radio stations that would give over their late night programming to silky DJs playing smooth R&B and soul jams to help you relax and/or make your bedroom activities a little sexier. Maze has been providing such a soundtrack for over 40 ye...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Magic Mouth: Wednesday, April 11

Taking that whole gay-church vibe out of the dance club.

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[ECLECTIC, SPIRITUAL POP] Here’s a poorly kept secret all music fans should know: As excited as we get about a band’s CD-release parties, by the time said group gets to the point of releasing    More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Ghostwriter "Everything," Prayin' All The Time (End of The West)


 Hearing The Black Keys and seeing their massive rise of success has been, well, kind of cute. What more can you say about a pair of dudes playing watered down blues-rock meant for Victoria's Secret ads and shitty frat parties? It's cute. Me, I prefer a shot of the pure stuff. The raw, unfiltered skronk that burst from the deep South and has been echoing through the world for 70+ years. ...   More
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: And And And, David Ornette Cherry, Ramona Falls, InfinitRakz, Death Songs, Aranya


You lucky, lucky people. TWO video roundups in one week?! It's like Hanukkah up in here. (A quick shout out to our Jewish readers in hopes that you have a lovely Passover.) But don't thank us; thank all the musicians who are taking up video camera, iPhone, and iMovie to make promotional clips for your edutainment. People like Bim Ditson, the punktastic drummer for the poptastic And And And who put...   More
Friday, April 6, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Contest: Win Tickets to see Ceremony


 If you've been following the music blogs of late, you've likely run across the band Ceremony in some way, shape, or form. One would hope that the discussion has been in praise of the group's recently released album Zoo because this California-based post-punk outfit has concocted probably as strong a statement as you're li...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Front to Back

The Wedding Present proves that the album isn’t dead, it’s reanimated.

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Simon Reynolds, the music and culture critic, put it best in his book Retromania: “When a band has been around long enough, there is always going to be more demand from the fan base for a career   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Artifice, Goldmund, Adam Brock, Tyler Stenson, The Shins


 Another gloomy rainy day. Another perfect excuse to stay indoors and watch video clips on your computer. Start with this track from the post-Dirty Mittens disco pop project Artifice, performed live by the band at Holocene. Artifice "Ritual Dance" from Aubree Bernier-Clarke on Vim...   More
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by ROBERT HAM



 Life sometimes drops the most unusual opportunities in your lap. Just last week, an e-mail popped up in my inbox offering me the chance to sit down with Claire Evans and Jona Bechtolt, the creative forces behind the group YACHT, before their show at Mississippi Studios last week. The catch was, I had to be prepared to be caught on camera doing th...   More
Monday, April 2, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Kickstarted: Improvisation Summit of Portland


 The project: The Improvisation Summit of Portland, a festival of music, dance, and film. Who's behind the project: Creative Music GuildWhy do they want your money? To fund a pretty incredible sounding two-day festiva...   More
Friday, March 30, 2012 by ROBERT HAM
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