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Live Review: Smokey Robinson with the Oregon Symphony at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Feb. 14


This might read like minor heresy, but Smokey Robinson is the quintessential Motown artist—more than Stevie, Marvin, the Supremes or the Temptations. For one thing, he wrote songs for almost all the rest of them. And whereas those other legends’ greatest achievements came in defiance of Berry Gordy’s well-oiled machine, Robinson’s trove of hits defined the sound of the label, if...   More
Monday, February 16, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Watch Damian Lillard Prove He's the Best Rapper in the NBA


As avid Blazers fans know, Damian Lillard likes to rap.  That's not unique among NBA players, of course, but #0 takes it a step further. Ever since he came into the league, Lillard has helmed a weekly online rap battle, 4 B...   More
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Alialujah Choir and Wild Ones at Revolution Hall, Feb. 13


To borrow a phrase inadvertently coined onstage by Alialujah Choir's Adam Shearer, last night was a "monumentous" moment in Portland music: the first ever show at the new Revolution Hall.  Sure, it was a "soft opening"—a sneak preview before the venue formally gets going in April—but after a year of what seemed like daily c...   More
Friday, February 13, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

MusicfestNW Announces 2015 Dates

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Good news, everyone: MusicfestNW is happening again! Portland's largest music festival returns to Tom McCall Waterfront Park, where it moved last year, Aug. 21-23. Unlike last year, the weekend will kick off on Friday, with bands playing the waterfront that evening. No word on acts yet, but    More
Friday, February 13, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Feb. 2-8


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 Rhap...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

On the Run

Divers made one of the best albums of 2015 so far. So what now?

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Earlier this month, at a house show in Northeast Portland, Divers opened with a song that doesn’t yet have an ending. That might be common practice among jam bands, but not for dudes playing   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Sleater-Kinney at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, Feb. 8


Who the hell kicks off a tour in Spokane?I’m pretty sure bands actually from Spokane don’t start their tours here, much less a band fans have been clamoring to see again for close to a decade. Yet, this is where Sleater-Kinney decided to play its first show in nine years—at a chain concert venue, in the middle of a drab downtown that seemed to have gone to sleep an hour before Car...   More
Monday, February 9, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Treefort Announces Complete Lineup

BadBadNotGood, Black Milk, the Range and more added to bill that already included TV On the Radio, Omar Souleyman, Trampled By Turtles and a ton of bands from Portland, Boise and Seattle.


Earlier this week, Sasquatch revealed its 2015 lineup. Now, we've got the full Treefort lineup. Now in its fourth year, the miniaturized South By Southwest, which takes in Boise, Idaho, a.k.a. "the Next Portland...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Stream Shy Girls' Debut Alb-- er, Mixtape

Dan Vidmar adds 13 songs to his bedroom R&B project's oeuvre.


Shy Girls' Dan Vidmar isn't what you'd call "prolific," at least in terms of what he chooses to share with the public. At the time his sad-emoji R&B project topped WW's Best New Band poll in 2013, he had four songs circulating online. A few months later, he put out   More
Thursday, February 5, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Here's the Sasquatch 2015 Lineup

Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Lana Del Rey headline.


Kendrick Lamar, Robert Plant, Lana Del Rey and a bunch of bands you've probably already seen in Portland recently are playing this year's Sasquatch Music Festival. Sorry if that's a bit of a soft sell, but frankly, looking at the names coming to the Gorge over Memorial Day weekend, there's just not a whole lot to get terribly excited ab...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

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