The Funk Master Flexes

For Damon Riddick, funk is no laughing matter.


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Dam-Funk didn’t sign up to be anyone’s savior.  About a decade ago, when the 44-year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist born Damon Riddick finally decided to make a go of the music care   More
 
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Consumer


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Who: Matt Palenske (vocals, electronics) Sounds like: What would be playing during a dance-party scene in a Philip K. Dick short story. For fans of: The Residents, the Bomb Squad, Wolf Eyes, Death G   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Too Many Zooz, Neka & Kahlo, DJ Hwy 7 & the Ghost Train


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[SUBWAY SOUNDS] Calling New York’s Too Many Zooz an overnight success would be a mistake, though it’s an easy one to make. Thanks to Reddit, a video of one of the trio’s energetic performanc   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Oh Darling: Saturday, May 10

Not even L.A. could bum out Portland’s shiniest, happiest band.


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Almost any write-up you can find on Oh Darling describes the Portland band with a few choice synonyms: “Cute.” “Adorable.” “Cheerios in chocolate milk.” It’s like reading reviews for   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Show Preview: Neutral Milk Hotel, Elf Power, the Minders


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[FUZZY FREAK FOLK] Time has left few stones unturned in the wake of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel’s 1998 psych-folk masterpiece. The blown-out, kitchen-sink orchestration and   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Perfect Pussy: Saturday, March 22

If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct.


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Perfect Pussy is a band with an expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse, N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining national attention f   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Old Age: Thursday, Feb. 20

Frontier folk-rock born in the Oregon woods gets wild in Portland.


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Alsea is a woodsy outpost roughly halfway between Corvallis and the Oregon Coast. It’s the kind of place that’s colored with every shade of green and brown, a logging target and sportsman’   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Rhye: Wednesday, Aug. 7

The ultra-sounds of Robin Hannibal.


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[PRENATAL SOUL] Many artists build their careers from the face up. Robin Hannibal took the opposite route: He’s become an in-demand producer while remaining deliberately faceless. In the past    More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 JOE DONOVAN

La Luz: Friday, June 28

Seattle surfer grrrls ride a dreamy wave of retro.


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[NORTHWEST BEACH MUSIC] La Luz is a study in contrast. The Seattle quartet melds ’60s girl-group harmonies with boys-club surf guitar, and the band’s buzz-garnering debut 2012 EP, Damp Face,   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Battleme: Saturday, March 2

How losing his sight helped Matt Drenik find his voice.


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[BASEMENT MIXTAPE] In the fall of 2009, Matt Drenik, then the frontman for Austin-based band Lions, was about to head to the United Kingdom for the biggest tour of his career. Two weeks before l   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

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