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Red Fang drank a lot and made a great music video — and they got signed because of it.
The Inlander  |  Leah Sottile  |  05-05-2011  |  Profiles & Interviews

Watch Wieden+Kennedy's Portland Music Documentarynew

Anytime you make a documentary on the Portland music scene, a few common topics are brought up. Portland is cheap. Portland has lots of basements. Portland is creative. And, of course, the biggie: it rains ALL THE TIME. But there are a lot of stories that haven’t been told.
Willamette Week  |  Michael Mannheimer  |  12-09-2009  |  Music

Can Portland Provide Fair Wages for Working Musicians?new

The concept of "fair trade" for music has been bandied about in Portland for a couple years, but the movement is now starting discussions with clubs in hopes of setting a fair wage for all performing musicians, whether they be union or non-union workers.
Willamette Week  |  Amanda Ingram  |  09-30-2009  |  Music

Why is Modest Mouse Frontman Isaac Brock Starting from Scratch With Obscure Portland Bands?new

Brock, 34, acknowledges that his new role as an indie label kingpin is a departure, though he's quick to add that he's always been interested in the business side of music.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  09-16-2009  |  Music

Andrew Oliver Impresses With 'Just 4 U'new

The Andrew Oliver Kora Band's debut is one of the better world-music releases to come out of the Northwest all year.
Seattle Weekly  |  Jonathan Cunningham  |  06-08-2009  |  Reviews

Magic Marker Records Celebrates Year Number Tennew

Over the past decade Magic Marker Records has established a legacy whose impact resonates far beyond the Portland city limits.
The Portland Mercury  |  Ezra Ace Caraeff  |  02-05-2009  |  Music

Army of Two: Au’s Dynamic Duo Does the Work of 30new

Verbs, the latest record from expansive experimental pop group Au, pulses with the unbridled passion of an exuberant mass of people, nearly 30 collaborators in all. Its manic keyboards, swooning horns, complex percussion and manifold other instruments combine with Luke Wyland’s voice and at times an ebullient choir to generate a sweeping feeling of propulsion.
New York Press  |  Amre Klimchak  |  01-22-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Portland Experimentalist Finds Inspiration at the Skating Rinknew

Portland musician Ethan Rose is a geek for antiquated instruments. His latest effort is made chiefly from an 86-year-old Wurlitzer organ at Oaks Park Skating Rink.
Willamette Week  |  Robert Ham  |  01-21-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Cajun Gems' Ben Whitesides Has a Long History of Bright Futuresnew

Amid false rumors of the Joggers' breakup, Whitesides recently began focusing on the Cajun Gems for the first time in years. Armed with a huge batch of songs, built from "days' worth of riffs and rifflettes" on his computer, Whitesides is now readying tracks for both the Joggers and the Cajun Gems.
Willamette Week  |  Michael Mannheimer  |  12-17-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Longtime Portland MC Mic Censhaw Finally Makes a Solo Standnew

Sure, his name is in the liner notes for experimental hip-hop projects Hungry Mob and Suckapunch, and more traditional beats-and-ryhmes duo the Cleveland Steamers, but Thinking Out Loud is the first full-length album the MC has ever released under his own name.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  11-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Blue Horns' Attention Span is Short; Its Songs are Even Shorternew

The band's self-titled debut, out this week, is full of catchy, throwback rock; at eight songs and just over 30 minutes, it's sequenced like the vintage LPs the band reveres.
Willamette Week  |  Michael Mannheimer  |  11-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

D.I.Y. Now for the Future in St. Louisnew

The Undertow Collective and Magnolia Summer are using technology to modernize their D.I.Y. creative vision.
Riverfront Times  |  Annie Zaleski  |  11-07-2008  |  Music

Grey Anne's Debut Sparklesnew

Anne Adams is sort of the Cinderella of the Portland music scene. She's a fascinating and mercurial personality, as direct and sharp in person as she is charming and personable when she performs.
Willamette Week  |  Brandon Seifert  |  11-05-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Soundtracking Change This Election Daynew

As the world awaits the results of the most important presidential election in, oh, 40 years, we've put together a playlist with song selections from some of Portland's finest musicians of tracks to listen to on Election Tuesday.
Willamette Week  |  Michael Mannheimer  |  10-29-2008  |  Music

1988: The Year in Portland Musicnew

Like most significant moments in any local music scene--the grand occurrences of life-changing music that changed everything--they happen on someone else's watch.
The Portland Mercury  |  Ezra Ace Caraeff  |  07-24-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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