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Portland Cops' Treatment of Hip-Hop Shows Will Be Investigated in Wake of Blue Monk Incident

City Auditor's Office will conduct independent review.

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Following last Saturday's hip-hop show at the Blue Monk—which caused headliner Illmaculate to cancel his performance in protest over excessive police presence—the City Auditor's Independent Police Review Division has announced it is launching an investigation into the Portland Police Bureau's policies toward rap-related music ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, Feb. 24-March 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, March 4, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Illmaculate Declares "I Will Not Perform In This City" After Police Swarm The Blue Monk

The Portland rapper left his own show in protest.

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It was supposed to be a rare meeting of two of Portland's most widely-respected MCs. Instead, it turned into yet another example of what many in the local hip-hop scene believe is an ongoing, targeted assault on rap shows by the Portland Police Bureau. Last night, celebrated battle-rapper    More
 
Sunday, March 2, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Pop Now Extends Compilation Submission Deadline

Artists have until March 10 to submit a song for consideration.

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PDX Pop Now, Portland's annual free, all-local music festival, is extending the submission deadline for its yearly compilation.Each year, PPN complements the festival with a curated two-disc album, which the organization refers to as "one-part fundraiser, one-part shameless promoter of Portland musical talents." The songs are selected by a list...   More
 
Friday, February 28, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Sorry, Oregon, Kurt Vile is Not Your Favorite Artist

Now we know who is, though.

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Hey, Oregon: Remember that time, earlier in the week, where we all shared that map that we thought told us Kurt Vile was our state's favorite artist, and we all high-fived each other for having such great, unique taste?Yeah, well, sorry to break the illusion, but that was kind of bullshit...   More
 
Thursday, February 27, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Pickathon Announces Its First 2014 Artists

UPDATE: Full lineup (more or less) complete.

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Yesterday, Pickathon—the annual roots-ish music festival held out just outside Portland at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley—announced that this year's festival would take place Aug. 1-3. They also revealed that, in celebration of its 16th edition, they will be gradually rolling out the lineup over the next 16 days, beginning…today! An...   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs, Feb. 17-23

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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, February 26, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Audio Jacked

Does Portland have an instrument-theft problem?


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As the members of San Fermin stood in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel near Portland International Airport last October, staring at their rented tour van, it took them a moment to process wha   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Ava Luna: Sunday, March 2

Art-damaged soul with an appetite for destruction.


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Carlos Hernandez takes pleasure in harming the things he cherishes most. In his band, Ava Luna, the Brooklyn-based musician defaces the classic soul music he grew up on, stabbing it with dissonant   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: Stunts for Sober Steve-O

The former Jackass star goes straight... to the edge!


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You’ve seen him snort wasabi, light fireworks from his ass and bathe in human excrement. Now, Steve-O is attempting his wildest stunt of all: sobriety! America’s favorite Jackass is off the we   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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