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Outer Worlds #12: Matthias Schuster Comes To Portland


I spent a fair chunk of time last week on Twitter having a back and forth with other music fans and writers about how Portland is, in the eyes of some touring artists, a flyover spot. Bands, particularly those from overseas, and hip-hop acts tend to skip right over our fair city and either head directly to Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., or don't even bother with the northwest at all. For fans o...   More
Thursday, May 30, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Larry Colton, Southern League

Jackie Robinson played for the Dodgers in 1947. Meanwhile, in Alabama...

By all accounts, Birmingham, Ala., was the epicenter of the civil-rights movement of the ’60s. It was there that two of the most important moments in the fight surrounding segregation occurred:    More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Under the Covers (Self-Released)

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[RETRO  DISCO]  Unlike other Portland dance acts, Ancient Heat isn’t simply influenced by disco music: This nine-piece ensemble is a living embodiment of the much-maligned genre. And   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Brew Views: Pieta

Revenge served cold.

Brew Views
In the first 10 minutes of Pieta, the latest feature from internationally renowned director Kim Ki-duk, a man in a wheelchair hangs himself, another loudly humps a pillow on his bed, and a third   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Brew Views: No

Say sí.

Brew Views
During the 1988 election in Chile that led to the ouster of Augusto Pinochet, TV advertising played as major a role in the political process as traditional campaigning: For 27 days, each side ha   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Scout Niblett

It’s Up to Emma (Drag City)

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[HEARTBROKEN ROCK] Don’t be fooled by the picture on the cover of Scout Niblett’s new album, a photo-booth shot of a couple in full make-out mode. The heart of It’s Up to Emma is not a rom   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #11: The L.A. Exodus


 When I first moved to Portland about 15 years ago, the fun kneejerk complaint was directed at Californians who migrated north to take advantage of our lack of sales tax, better coffee, and milder weather. Now, it would seem the tables have started to turn. Over the last six to eight months, a slow but steady trickle of people from our fair city are starting to head to sunnier climes, with a ...   More
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Eluvium

Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence)

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[INSTRUMENTAL MINIMALISM] Ambient music is a dangerous proposition for even the most studied of musicians. The combination of elongated drones, stillness and washes of synth has to be measured p   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Live Review: Masaki Batoh's Brain Pulse Music at Star Theater, 5/6

With brain-frying video!


Masaki Batoh's performance last night was part experimental concert, part technology demonstration. The leader of the long-running psychedelic outfit from Japan known as Ghost, Batoh cooked up a device known as a    More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Soopah Eype: Friday, May 3

Don’t tell Judah Mobley what to rap about.

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[HIP-HOP HERESY] Early on Soopah Eype’s most recent mixtape, El Planeta de los Simios (that’s “Planet of the Apes” for those without access to Google Translate), the Portland rapper drops    More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 ROBERT HAM
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