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Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)

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[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Five Tips for Celebrating "Decemberists Day"

Portland is dedicating Jan. 20 to Colin Meloy and crew (and snubbing Sleater-Kinney).


I believe it was Andy Warhol who said, "In the future, everyone in Portland will have a day named in their honor." Thanks largely to former Mayor Sam Adams' insatiable appetite for proclamations, our calendar is stuffed with commemorations of everything from Bill Schonely to sea otters to the N...   More
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Jan. 5-11


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
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Hear Nirvana Play Satyricon 25 Years Ago

Audio of a set from the night Kurt met Courtney has surfaced on YouTube.


Of all the glorious shit-holes that have existed in Portland, Satyricon is certainly the most hallowed. The Old Town punk club is among the most iconic venues on the entire West Coast, nurturing the Pacific Northwest rock scene that would eventually take over the world in the early '90s—Nirvana include...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Amebix at the Know, May 2009

Plus: A full list of the Alberta punk dive's 10th anniversary shows.


Starting tomorrow, sticky-floored Northeast Portland dive the Know—a favorite haunt of local punks, metalheads and Jonathan Richman—celebrates its decade anniversary with 10 days of shows, featuring some of the venue's favorite regular performers. But we wanted to know: What's the best show at the Know? According to Derek Willman, bassis...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

The Great PBR Debate

Who got Portland hooked on the Blue Stuff?

Everyone knows Portland bleeds Pabst Blue Ribbon. But who injected it into our bloodstream?  There are two true contenders. Lutz Tavern, in Woodstock, is commonly thought to have introduc   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Health Goth FAQ

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What is Health Goth? Something between an Internet meme, an ironic joke and a real-life fashion trend, whose aesthetic is best summed up as “sportswear for cyberpunks.” Though the term “g   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

"God Hates Portland Trail Blazers," According to Westboro Baptist Church

Kansas-based hate group plans to protest outside Moda Center this Saturday.


Everyone's (least) favorite extremist Christian trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church, are coming to Portland this weekend, and have announced their intent to take in a Blazers game. Excuse me, that should read take on a Blazers game. According to a press release faxed to the WW office, the Topeka-based ministr...   More
Monday, January 5, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut of the Day: "Tracks," Divers


Man, if I would've known Divers were finally putting out an album this year, they totally would've made our Most Anticipated Portland Albums of 2015 list. So let's amend that now: The anthemic punk four-piece is releasing Hello Hello (via former WW Music Editor Casey Jarman's    More
Monday, January 5, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Fifteen For ’15

Ranking the most-anticipated local albums of the coming year.

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If there were a Geiger counter to subjectively measure the year in music, the results would say that 2014 was not a particularly great one. Outside of D’Angelo finally emerging from the wild   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
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