[ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have
always had a penchant for crowning themselves the “king” or “queen” of
whatever town they happen to lord over, but few actually have the track
The five must-hear new songs from Portland artists this week.
Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren.1. Chromatics, “Just Like You” Ethereal and dreamlike, Chromatics' new single “Just Like You” solidifies the band’s place as an electro post-punk heavyweight. The lead single from the upcoming ...
The city's Independent Police Review has released its investigation of the Portland Police Bureau's handling of local hip-hop shows—and finds that city regulators, police officers and state liquor officials don't have a "unified policy" in dealing with concerts. The review was sparked by a March incident where Portland-based rapper Illmaculate stormed out of his own show at the Blue Monk ...
Portland's Hip-Hop Ambassador throws "The Greatest Toy Drive Ever" this Saturday.
Somehow, this listing was left out of today's print edition, but it certainly deserves some shine—for the lineup alone, not to mention that it's a toy drive. And not just any toy drive: The Greatest Toy Drive Ever, apparently.[RAPS-GIVING] Cool Nutz is for the children. For years now, the Mayor of Portland Hip-Hop has used his status as one of the local music scene's major players ...
So much music (especially this week). So little page space. Here are some shows we missed in this week's print edition.
Wednesday, May 22 Akron/Family, Avi Buffalo, M. Geddes Gengras [PSYCH YOUR MIND] Akron/Family actually has more ties to Portland than the city in Ohio—drummer Dana Janssen is a Rose City transplant—but no matter: The band's new, senses shredding psychedelic opus Sub Verses, like much of the group's output, doesn't have roots in any particular place other than deep in the human subconscious. ...
Pulitzer-nominated cartoonistLucky Lab Papa Paul’s Pilsner
Finding a Pilsner that doesn’t taste like dumpster runoff
is tough in an area devoted to annihilating your palate wit
HOT IN HERRE:
What’s up with random Alberta Street businesses catching on fire? In a
scene reminiscent of the blaze that engulfed Aviary restaurant and
Barista coffee shop a couple Fourths of
For me, Cool Nutz was an acquired taste. His delivery and lyrical approach have changed over the years, but in general his style is meticulous and impressionistic. He makes sure the listener hears every word in his raps. This isn't always a style that grabs the listener by the throat. Nutz won't go on a Tech N9ne style machine-gun verbal assault; he seldom chooses in-your-face subject matter (even ...
The mayor of Portland rap on the n-word, Macklemore and giving back.
Among other nicknames, Cool Nutz has
sometimes been referred to as “the mayor.” He remains, after 20 years of
making music in Portland, the most visible face of this city’s hip-hop