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The Mountain Goats vs. The Wrestling Album!


Music Stories
Professional wrestling isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of songwriter John Darnielle (even though “the Mountain Goats” is a totally viable tag-team name). But wit   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Omega Supreme Records: Saturday, May 30

Gotta have that funk? This is the label to get it from.


Music Stories
Before he started his own record label, James Vance had already tried his hand at just about everything you would expect of someone who grew up submerged in hip-hop culture: graffiti, breakdan   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, May 11-17

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Every week, we list the top selling albums from local record stores Music Millennium, Jackpot Records, Everyday Music and Beacon Sound, and the top streamed tracks in Portland on    More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Heart In Darkness

Before she could love again, Corrina Repp had to suffer. She’s used to it, though.


Music Stories
When Corrina Repp finishes a project, she is truly finished with it. Nine years ago, after completing her last solo record, she and her boyfriend, 31Knots’ Joe Haege, formed the noir-pop group   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Best New Band Showcase 2015 at Mississippi Studios, 5/15

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It was the best of polls, it was the worst of polls. This year's Best New Band issue contained multitudes. Our annual survey of Portland's local music connoisseurs produced a list with great bands, more hip-hop artists than ever before—and only a single woman. It's a gross aberration, given how we...   More
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2015: The Ballots

A peek at music-based democracy in action.

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Every year, in the spirit of transparency—and to make it perfectly clear that Best New Band is a poll, not an arbitrary list—we publish the ballots of every Best New Band voter. What follows is that list of voters names, titles and the bands or artists that they casted votes for. If the ...   More
 
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Five Past Best New Band Finalists Re-Emerging In 2015


Top 5
1. Copy (No. 1, 2006) The keytar-wielding, video-game-hero-come-to-life is releasing his first album in five years this week (see review). 2. Valet (No. 3, 2008) In June, Honey Owens’ etherea   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Best New Band 2015

10 Portland artists local music experts think you must hear.


Cover Story
In Portland, if you build a music venue, the bands will come. And if you pave it over and put up condos? Well, the bands will find a warehouse, basement or Ethiopian restaurant to play in. No matt   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

2. The Domestics

2015 Best New Band Poll Runner-Up


Best New Band
POINTS: 77 FORMED:  2013 SOUNDS LIKE:  Two strangers in a bar at closing time, swapping stories of relationships gone bad until their voices conjoin in bittersweet harmony. A month be   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

3. Máscaras

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 71.5FORMED: 2013SOUNDS LIKE: The house band for the end of the world playing the last basement party on Earth.On the patio of the Cement Building, the austere, gray rehearsal complex under t   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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