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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

'Apollo': Two-Thirds Awe, One-Third Annoyancenew

Apollo, Nancy Keystone's three-part epic play about Nazi scientists, NASA and the civil-rights movement, premiered last Friday at Portland Center Stage after eight years of development.
Willamette Week  |  Ben Waterhouse  |  01-21-2009  |  Theater

The Story Behind Why Portland's Mayor Admitted to Lyingnew

Portland Mayor Sam Adams, contrary to his earlier denials, confessed to having had a sexual relationship with legislative intern Beau Breedlove in 2005.
Willamette Week  |  Nigel Jaquiss  |  01-21-2009  |  Politics

Horse Race: Portland City Bureaus Jockey for Money Amid a Grim Budget Forecastnew

City agencies in Portland must make even deeper cuts than expected, city commissioners say. In some cases, that means bureaus will be slashing more than 5 percent from their budgets for the next fiscal year.
Willamette Week  |  Beth Slovic  |  01-21-2009  |  Policy Issues

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

Portland Shelter for Victims of Forced Prostitution Would be First in the Countrynew

By March, James Pond hopes to open a high-security safe house in Portland with 16 to 20 beds for girls recently freed from sex trafficking. It will be the first shelter of its kind in the country, and one that's badly needed in Portland, where the city’s police find three to five cases each week of girls under the age of 18 who are victims of forced prostitution.
Willamette Week  |  Katie Gilbert  |  11-05-2008  |  Crime & Justice

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

Are Portland Students Buying P.E. Credits?new

More than 100 high-school students in Portland Public Schools will opt out of their state-required physical-education classes this year. Instead, many of them will earn their P.E. credits from an alternative operation called Quest Schools, based in Tigard.
Willamette Week  |  Beth Slovic  |  09-03-2008  |  Education

Why Can't Khadija Go to Mosque?new

Khadija could be a star spokeswoman for Muslims if they wanted to show off Islam's teachings of peace and acceptance. Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye, the imam of Masjed As-Saber, won't let Khadija back in his Southwest Portland mosque because Khadija is transgendered.
Willamette Week  |  Byron Beck  |  08-20-2008  |  LGBT

Why These Portlanders Aren't Voting for Obamanew

To see how race relations and politics were playing out in Portland, a city that's 6 percent black, we went door-to-door in two neighborhoods. It wasn't hard to find swing voters who aren't Democrats or Republicans and also aren't voting for him. Their reasons may surprise you.
Willamette Week  |  Raymond Rendleman  |  08-20-2008  |  Politics

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