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Here's the PDX Pop Now! Schedule

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If you ask me, you don't really need to read the PDX Pop Now schedule. This is a festival that places a greater premium on discovery than just about any other. And there's no overlap, negating any potential conflicts. Really, the best thing to do, if you're a total newbie to the current Portland music scene, is to hang out and jump between stages...   More
 
Monday, July 14, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Former Lives

The crises of Kevin Robinson—both real and imagined.


Music Stories
A year ago, the word on Kevin Robinson was that he had lost it. His bands, Viva Voce and Blue Giant, had dissolved. In their place, he started Electric Ill, playing pastel-colored electro-funk w   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Sharon Van Etten at Doug Fir, 7/3

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Last week, before Nick Cave debased the Schnitz, his former touring partner, Sharon Van Etten, spent two nights bumming out the Doug Fir. Actually, despite the somber nature of her songbook—and in ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”


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Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Hotseat: Dave Allen

The former Gang of Four bassist talks Entertainment!, His new job at Beats Music and why he changed his mind about streaming.


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Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk group. When he quit after 1981’s Solid Gold, it was due to dr   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Video: "Smallest Man," Sunset Valley

A new digital compilation of Portland's turn-of-the-millennium indie heroes is out today on Barsuk Records.

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Here's what Jay Horton has to say about onetime Portland next-big-things Sunset Valley in the upcoming edition of Willamette Week:"Back when fin de millennium local indie veered between critically acclaimed projects of chin-scratching difficulty and the grimy excesses of 24-hour garage-party people, nobody ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

PDX Charts

Top selling albums and songs in Portland, June 16-22

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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, June 25, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Hear No Screamo

Our blind taste test of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.


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The Warped Tour is less like a fine wine than a gummy bear stuck in a car’s ashtray: The more it ages, the more unrecognizable it becomes. If you’re of a certain generation and grew up with a    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Priests at Laughing Horse Books, 6/14

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Washington, D.C., is no stranger to incendiary bands with a political agenda, of course. The sound of new-jack punks Priests is clearly indebted to the lineage of underground music in its home city, with scabrous guitars chafing against the elastic growls of singer Katie Alice Greer, a frontwoman from the Kathleen Hanna school of bash-you...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing…: Ripley Snell


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Sounds like: An acid-rap marketing seminar. For fans of: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Edan, Bilal. Why you care: Ripley Snell is not a businessman, he’s a small business, man. That’s how   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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