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Northern Exposure

A tour through the Vancouver music scene.

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Compared to spending a Friday night circling the streets of downtown Portland looking for a free parking spot, venturing 15 minutes north on I-5 and slipping into Vancouver’s city center at nigh   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Live Review: Death Grips at Star Theater, Dec. 1


The timing was almost too perfect. The dust was still lingering in the air from the hype tornado that recently surrounded Death Grips, the thorny, aggressive hip-hop duo from Northern California. And just as the buzz had reached critical mass with the recent announcement that    More
Monday, December 3, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Primer: John Cale

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Born: In 1942 in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales Sounds like: Pop music filtered through classical training and imbued with a confrontational spirit.  For fans of: Patti Smith, David Bowie, Bri   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #3: The Resurrection of Arthur Magazine


 News of any import is quick to spread on the web. But even knowing that, the number of outlets reporting on the return of Arthur Magazine was pretty surprising, especially for a print publication that focused on various strains of the counterculture: music, drugs, magic, underground comics, and organic gardening. Yet everyone from The W...   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Ancient Heat: Friday, Nov. 23

Portland’s hottest dance band is just getting warmed up.

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[NEW DISCO] For a band that has released only one 12-inch single, the sizzling Oh...You Bad EP, Ancient Heat does not lack fans in its hometown of Portland.  “I can’t really say how it ha   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Hollow," Thanks


The injection of pure, uncut soul music into indie rock has been the one thing that has revived that genre's greying body of late. You can hear it in the gospel throwdowns of Magic Mouth, the African swing of Brainstorm, and now, the growling R&B attack of    More
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

This Must Be the Place

Akron/Family’s Dana Buoy has spent his life on the move. He’s ready to settle down­—in Portland.

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Dana Janssen doesn’t stay in one place for too long. During the course of our conversation at Fresh Pot on North Mississippi Avenue...   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Primer: Susanna Hoffs

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Born: In 1959 in Los Angeles. Sounds like: Fluttery, jangly pop that sounds great coming out of a transistor radio.  For fans of: Big Star, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Williams, Jon Brion, Aimee Mann. Latest release: Someday, Hoffs’ third solo album, showcases her ageless voice and heartfelt lyrical explorations of love, heartbreak and growing old gracefully.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #2: The Power of Repetition


"In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, 16, 32, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it's not boring at all but very interesting." — John CageI've been thinking about that quote a lot this past week in anticipation of a couple upcoming shows, particularly this coming Saturday's performa...   More
Thursday, November 8, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Primer: Psychic TV

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Formed: In London in 1981. Sounds like: The quick rush of a DMT hit expanded to sometimes-epic lengths.  For fans of: Throbbing Gristle, Coil, 808 State, Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Timo   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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