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Video Roundup: The Domestics! Pure Bathing Culture! Rasheed Jamal! Minden! Vinnie Dewayne!


Hey, we haven't done one of these in a while! But while we were up to our necks in MFNW stuff, some pretty awesome local videos found their way online. We've got five of them below. So go ahead and cram these in your seeing-holes! The Domestics, "Tower Blocks" Band member Leo London animated the video for this jangling gem off the Domestics' self-titled Tender Loving Empire debut fr...   More
Thursday, August 27, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Q&A: Daniel Barosa, Director of GRU-PDX

A Brazilian filmmaker on his love letter to Portland music.

Music Stories
In 2013, Quarto Negro, a two-man atmospheric pop group from Brazil, flew to Portland to record an album with the help of another duo, the Helio Sequence, and brought filmmaker Daniel Barosa with them.   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The Papi Fimbres Archive

As the beloved drummer prepares to go abroad, revisit everything we've written about the "big, sweaty, teddy-bear genius" of the Portland music scene.


Pour one out for David "Papi" Fimbres: Tonight's show with Mascaras will be his last in Portland for a long time. The indefatigable drummer is taking a yearlong sabbatical in Germany with his wife. As he told us in November, "With all the development in the city, I said, 'Fuck it.' Instead of complaining about it, I'm going to do my own thing somewhere else, just for a minute." He leaves beh...   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Janelle Monae Gathering With Don't Shoot PDX Protestors In North Portland Today


As you may have heard by now, future-R&B singer Janelle Monae is playing a not-so-secret show in Portland tonight. It's free if you RSVP'd through her website last week. If not, well, you're out of luck.  But you do have one other opportunity to catch Monae today, if you act fast: She and other members of her Wondaland Records crew (inclu...   More
Monday, August 24, 2015 by MATTHEW SINGER

Beyond the Waterfront: MFNW at Night

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Wednesday, Aug. 19  Red Bull Sound Select presents Aesop Rock with Rob Sonic & DJ Abilities and Illmaculate  Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Ave. 9 pm. $3 with RSVP at redbullsoundselect.com.    More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Welcome to Turdlania

A guide to Isaac Brock's Portland.

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Isaac Brock has what you might call a “conflicted relationship” with Portland. In an interview with Polish television in June, Modest Mouse’s head rodent described his adopted hometown as “a c   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Clasp Your Hands Say Death

Prayers’ Rafael Reyes talks gangs, cholo goth and finding God in nature.

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When Rafael Reyes goes on tour with his band, his concerns run a bit deeper than lodging, food and acoustics. “I’m from Southern California, so sometimes when I play other cities, like San Franc   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Welcome to MusicfestNW

Join us August 21-23 at Waterfront Park.

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First came the kayaktivists. Then there was Flugtag. Now, MusicfestNW slaps one last exclamation point at the end of the Willamette River’s wild summer, inviting the entire city down to the waterfro   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The 21 Best Songs About Portland

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In honor of MusicfestNW, which starts Friday the 21st, we are counting down the top 21 best songs ever written about Portland. Every day until Wednesday we will reveal five more songs.    More
Saturday, August 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

The MC Renaissance

An appreciation of N.W.A.’s most underappreciated member.

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Lorenzo Patterson gets no respect. No respect at all. The rapper better known as MC Ren was the Ringo of N.W.A., except he doesn’t even have the legions of contrarian drum nerds to champion him. Wit   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER
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