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Pig out on new 6gig

On stage a couple Fridays back, opening for Paranoid Social Club (who also have new work on the way shortly), 6gig frontman Walt Craven was as relaxed as I've ever seen him.
A four-song EP, and some B-sides, come out of nowhere
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2013

The city’s practice-space situation gets worse yet again for musicians

Sometimes things get worse before they get better. Such is the case with Portland's already beleaguered bands in search of affordable and accommodating practice space.
Prime real estate blues
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 08, 2012

The Baltic Sea craft a crisp dystopia

It's been nearly three years since the Baltic Sea's phenomenal debut, Through Scenic Heights and Days Regrets , but when you're making music like this, I can see how it might take a while to build a second edifice.
Minding every Period
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 29, 2011

The digital delight of Space versus Speed

Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
Out of this world
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 28, 2011

A dead season of desolate grace

JOHN PAUL  was back in town last week, and not just to play a gig at the Empire.

Complaint Department

Can we have a benefit show or something in the coming year to save up enough money to buy three ghosts (preferably the ghosts of local rock's past, present, and future) to visit Sam Pfeifle in his dreams to tell him the following.
Letters to the Portland Editor, January 1, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 01, 2010

Local luminaries’ picks

I asked a bunch of people who really dig local music to help me make sure I wasn’t leaving any songs out when I was developing my list of the best 10 songs of the 2000s, but then I quickly realized that “best” is about as subjective as things come when y
A sample of other best songs of the 2000s
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 25, 2009

We have Liftoff (again)

If there is a constant that runs through Walt Craven's vocal and lyrical work from 6gig through Lost on Liftoff, it is his role as the impassioned voice of the underdog.
Back, Brightside , and they've got it nailed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2009

I remember when...

It's been a while, and I've been here for all of it. These moments are what I remember best, and what I wish there was more evidence of.
(Or at least I think I do)
By MARC SHEPARD  |  September 18, 2009
Beat report list photo

Making history

Lost on Liftoff have plans to release their debut album on Labor Day Records later this month. When they do, I’ll make sure to remind you that frontman Walt Craven is now on his third wildly popular Portland band.
The Portland music scene needs a centralized archive of memorabilia and music
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 17, 2006