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Here's The PDX Pop Now! Lineup

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The PDX Pop Now lineup is here! As usual, the annual all-ages, all-local, all-free Portland music festival presents a kind of wide-angle view of the city's music scene as it exists right at this moment. No huge, nationally recognizable names—the biggest are Wampire, Blouse and Portland Cello Project—but then, that's ne...   More
 
Sunday, June 8, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Dragging an Ox Through Water

Panic Sentry (Party Damage)


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[DRONE AMERICANA] Above being a musician, Portland’s Brian Mumford is a mad scientist. Though he does his songwriting on a junky acoustic guitar in desperate need of fresh strings, his passion i   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Quitting Time

As he prepares to put Dolorean to rest, songwriter Al James reflects on a decade of touring the world, being the opening band and missing Portland.


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All things must pass, though some things stick around longer than others. In an ephemeral music scene like Portland’s, Dolorean has been a symbol of longevity. Through 12 years and five albums   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Psychomagic


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Who: Steven Fusco (vocals, guitar), Stone Laurila (guitar), Anthony Brisson (drums, backing vocals), Scott Page (bass), Eddie Bond (keyboards). Sounds like: If Jason Segel’s character in Forget   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Grammies at Habesha Lounge, 5/21

Photos from the jazzy instrumental hip-hop duo and recent Best New Band finalist's last show...for now.

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In the introduction to this year's Best New Band issue, we mentioned how quickly Portland's music scene turns over, with bands breaking up almost as soon as the city discovers them. Well, it's happened again: Grammies, the instrumental breakbeat jazz d...   More
 
Thursday, May 22, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Dave Chappelle Is Suddenly Performing at Helium This Week

Tickets for Saturday's shows still available...for now.

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Dave Chappelle, phantom stand-up comic, has spent the decade since walking away his epochal Comedy Central show seemingly doing nothing but lifting weights and popping in randomly at comedy clubs across the country. He did it in Portland back in 2009, though that was less a performance...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Wrangling Sasquatch

Who to see—and who to avoid—at this year’s Sasquatch music festival.


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Let’s face it: If you’re driving four hours to middle-of-nowhere Washington for Sasquatch this weekend, it’s probably to see Outkast. But there’s a lot of other stuff happening before an   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Mimicking Birds

Eons (Glacial Pace)


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[CELESTIAL FOLK] In 2009, before the release of its first album, Mimicking Birds opened for Glacial Pace label boss Isaac Brock’s band, Modest Mouse, at Crystal Ballroom, and the audience chat   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Headout: Purple Like Me

With Maya Rudolph’s Prince tribute act coming to town, Portland’s veteran Purple Rain Man offers the SNL alum some advice.


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Everyone wants to be Prince. But some are better at it than others—even Prince isn’t that great at being Prince anymore. Maya Rudolph is the latest to try stepping into those formidable platforms   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Photo Review: Willamette Week's Best New Band Showcase at Mississippi Studios, 5/17

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If you ask me, this year's Best New Band showcase, which took place this past Saturday, was the best in a long while. But then, maybe I'm slightly biased. Still, you can't underestimate the difficulty of getting all three of the top acts on the same bill. Last year, which was my first on the job, we had ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER
 

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