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What’s Your Pleasure?

Forty years ago, Portland’s best band was a funky soul orchestra from the streets of the Northeast.


Music Stories
In 1974, Portland was a much funkier place. Though still primarily a rock town, one of the most popular and successful groups to emerge in that era was Pleasure, a nine-piece, jazz-tinged disco-so   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Joe vs. Bonnie

Say you wake up under a bridge in Slabtown. Do you eat breakfast at the gas station or the dive bar?


Food Reviews & Stories
Come fall, Portland is cold and brunch lines are long. That’s true year-round, of course, but this is when people start getting surly. It’s wet, it’s windy, and the asshole ahead of you on t   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

One Day in March 1984: Local punk promoters, desperate for any venue, beg the owner of a just-opened Northwest Portland bar to let a few bands play inside...


40th Anniversary
As told by Ed Jones, the original booker at Satyricon, the legendary Portland club where Kurt met Courtney and where Foo Fighters played their first show: “Portland was in a recession in the   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

March 18, 1996: Portland’s gay youth culture comes of age in the fight to save its only home...


40th Anniversary
When Lanny Swerdlow opened Portland’s only all-ages gay nightclub back in the late ’70s, he figured he was doing the city a favor. The only place for young gay people to congregate at the ti   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Oct. 27-Nov. 2

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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 Rhap...   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Cut the Slack

Courtney Barnett’s a loser, baby, but she’s not going to let it kill her.


Music Stories
For someone who’s written songs detailing awkward phone calls with her mom and using masturbation as a sleep aid, Courtney Barnett comes across awfully shy in conversation. She answers questions   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Eyelids

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Album Reviews
[INDIE-POP CLASSICISM] “Seagulls Into Submission,” the first song on Eyelids’ debut full-length, doesn’t storm out the gates so much as it glides. Hovering atop a graceful guitar riff an   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Paul Revere's Final Recordings To Be Released On Voodoo Doughnuts Record Label

UPDATE: Uh, maybe not...

paul revere doughnut

UPDATE Oct. 24, 9:43 am: So, about those alleged final Paul Revere recordings: Turns out, Revere isn't on them at all. According to a press release, Voodoo Doughnuts Recordings was under the impression that the two singles it was set to issue from the current iteration of Paul Revere and the Raiders featured the late Portland garage-rock icon and group namesake on organ. But Revere, who ...   More
 
Friday, October 24, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Oct. 13-19

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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
 
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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