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Live Review: Kurt Vile at Doug Fir, 5/10

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On a tour that is selling out significantly larger venues like Lincoln Hall in Chicago and New York’s Bowery Ballroom, Kurt Vile gave Portland a true gift in performing at the Doug Fir. The relatively small space that sound engineer Mick Learn has turned into a sonic temple proved perfect backdrop for a band that’s hit a graceful stride and only going forward. Vile and band hav...   More
 
Monday, May 13, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Cut of the Day: "Beverly," Rio Grands

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Be it climate change’s current sun-drenched adaptation of a Pacific Northwest spring or the cloud-parting vocals of Colin Jenkins (Sex Life), but this track from Portland’s Rio Grands is a rooftop beer in the summer. ...   More
 
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by MARK STOCK

High and Very Dry: A Coachella Wrap-Up

Images—real and imagined—from the annual desert soiree.

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Coachella is an ancient Native American word that loosely translates to “obsessed with the past.” That not actually true, of course, but so it feels when one of the country’s largest, most shapeshifting festivals offers acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, the Stone Roses, Moby, Wu-Tang Clan and Violent Femmes as top-tier headliners. They’ve done this before, and they did it agai...   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Shred the Light Fantastic

The adorable electrocution of Marnie Stern.


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In 2006, Ben Parrish of the Portland- and Olympia-based record label Kill Rock Stars received a demo from a 31-year-old New York singer-guitarist named Marnie Stern. At the time, the label was bei   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: The Woolen Men

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[PUNK ’N’ ROLL] When Portland garage-rock trio the Woolen Men signed with New York label Woodsist late last year, you could almost hear the city gasp. Would our beloved, punk-tinged lo-fi grou   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Illustrated Live Review: Night Beds/Indians at Doug Fir, 2/24

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Winston Yellen was probably right when he said any one of the three performers from last Sunday night at the Doug Fir could have played headliner. The choir-voiced frontman for Night Beds seemed honored to play, remarking that a previous show in Kansas attracted a total of seven people. Surprising, given the Nashville band’s recent compar...   More
 
Sunday, March 3, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Lawz Spoken’s CHRON: Legacy

A weed-scented, hip-hop crime drama, with an ’80s sound and a ’90s soul.


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A suburban upbringing leaves lasting and vivid impressions that rival those produced by even the dankest of joints. Matthew Gonzales can testify. The Portland producer, known as both Lawz Spoken   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Deep Cuts: Mark Oliver Everett of Eels, "The Turnaround"

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Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, has experienced a Shakespearian amount of tragedy in his 49 years. But the Eels frontman only dwells for so long. His newest effort, Wonderful, Glorious, shows a stronger, wiser, thicker-skinned E, fastened to an infectious brand of optimism both lyrically and musically.  The trilogy Ee...   More
 
Monday, February 18, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Primer: Sufjan Stevens


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Born: In 1975 in Detroit.  Sounds like: The musical equivalent of childhood wonder. For fans of: Highly conceptualized folk, choirlike vocal richness, unobtrusive biblical references, found s   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MARK STOCK

Pony Village: Sunday, Nov. 18

Indie rock inspired by late nights, early mornings and the cold, gray Northwest (and a little Phil Spector, too).


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[BLEARY-EYED ROCK] It’s 5 am on election night, and Ryan Barber is just getting home from his job as sound guy at Kelly’s Olympian. The presidential race was called hours ago, and the Pony V   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MARK STOCK
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