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  • Forests of Azure releases a new CD January 21 at Tooey's

    published January 19, 2012

    Ed Marshall is a music critic who wrote for The Big Take Over for some years when he was roommates with the magazine's publisher, Jack... More >>

  • Velocirapture

    published January 19, 2012

    On songs like "Melpop," with its hint of guitar atmosphere in the background, textural, minimalistic percussion and echoing bass line,... More >>

  • Dengue Fever

    published January 19, 2012

    Ethan Holtzman went to Cambodia in the 1990s and returned with music culled from the rich Cambodian rock scene that had existed before the... More >>

  • Secret Chiefs 3

    published January 19, 2012

    Trey Spruance first came to prominence as the guitarist in Mr. Bungle, with Mike Patton and Trevor Dunn. Spruance also did a brief stint in... More >>

  • Critic's Choice: Carbon Choir plays the hi-dive on January 20

    published January 19, 2012

    With the 2009 release of High Beams, Carbon Choir (due at the hi-dive this Friday, January 20) showed promise with a set of... More >>

  • Review: Nurses at the hi-dive, 1/15/12

    Review: Nurses at the hi-dive, 1/15/12

    published Jan 16, 2012

    NURSES @ THE HI-DIVE | 1/15/12 This was one of those Sunday shows where a lot of people showed up and everybody seemed to be very into all of the artists on the bill, from the opening set from The ... More >>

  • John Bowers of Nurses on the band's evolving sound

    John Bowers of Nurses on the band's evolving sound

    published Jan 13, 2012

    Nurses (due at the hi-dive this Sunday, January 15) moved around a bit before settling down in Portland and completely shedding its previous, more rockist, musical identity. Having pretty much reinven... More >>

  • Red Fox Run looks to Barry Fey for inspiration because "old people don't like us"

    published January 12, 2012

    Red Fox Run plays bright, fresh-faced pop-rock songs that manage to avoid coming off as either cheeky or overly earnest — the kind of... More >>

  • We Were Cosmonauts

    published January 12, 2012

    When this band refers to its music as "post-indie space rock," it's fairly safe to assume that the description is meant as a witticism. And yet... More >>

  • Nurses

    published January 12, 2012

    Sometime in the past decade, Nurses moved from Idaho to Portland. Now based in a town that's in no short supply of chamber-pop bands both great... More >>

  • Mansions on the Moon

    published January 12, 2012

    Mansions on the Moon holds the rare distinction of being able to say that it's been backed by the likes of Pharrell Williams and Shay Haley and... More >>

  • Patrick Dethlefs plays January 12 at the Walnut Room

    published January 12, 2012

    It's fairly obvious that Patrick Dethlefs — a transplant from Tacoma, Washington, who now makes his home in Kittredge, Colorado,... More >>

  • Review: The Skeleton Show at Bar Bar, 1/7/12

    published Jan 08, 2012

    THE SKELETON SHOW @ Carioca Café ("Bar Bar") | 1/ 7/12Halfway through her set, after hitting who knows what chords and wailing about being hatched from a witch's egg and flying high, Sara Century hel... More >>

  • Lightlooms has jelled with its Synaptic Sea EP

    published January 5, 2012

    Meaghan Lillis met Josh Guisinger while the two were students at Auraria. Lillis was studying piano performance, and Guisinger was an art... More >>

  • Mariposa

    published January 5, 2012

    It's likely that Madeline Johnston didn't actually hole herself up for the winter with only her private thoughts and the company of a crate of... More >>

  • Mudhoney

    published January 5, 2012

    Although Mark Arm is sometimes credited with coining the term "grunge," all of his bands have been informed by a keen sense of humor as well as... More >>

  • Shoppers

    published January 5, 2012

    Noise punk — or whatever all-encompassing term you prefer — is nothing new. That said, any band that sounds like it's bursting with... More >>

  • Moon Tides plays January 7 at the hi-dive

    published January 5, 2012

    While the term "surf rock" could be applied to the music of Moon Tides (due at the hi-dive this Saturday, January 7), "dream pop" would... More >>

  • Review: Itchy-O at 3 Kings Tavern, 12/31/11

    published Jan 03, 2012

    ITCHY-O @ 3 KINGS TAVERN | 12/31/11 A number of people at this show had no idea what Itchy-O was about. So when one of the uniformed cadre of musicians, his arms lit up with a short row of lights, we... More >>

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