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Sunset Hearts' bright laments

There's something we respond to in the juxtaposition, the pairing of sweet and sour, dark humor, vulnerable heroes. And, of course, opposites attract.
The bones of you
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 30, 2011

Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010

Random rules

25 more local musicians meet, greet, and rock at the second 48 Hour Music Festival
25 more local musicians meet, greet, and rock at the second 48 Hour Music Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2010

Ripple effect

The Portland Phoenix launched in 1999, just as the Portland music scene was turning.
The 10 most influential bands of our first 10 years
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 18, 2009

Portland scene report: November 23, 2007

If anything, the play list has gotten older (we heard Crash Test Dummies the other day, which was frightening), and we’ve yet to hear a local song as we flip through the stations.
Sibilance starts now


Bubba's filled with fans eager to hear tributes to the heartland-rocker-in-chief, the gravel-voiced singer wrapped in the American flag.
Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, September 22, 2007
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 26, 2007

The 100 unsexiest men 2007: 10-1

These guys couldn't turn on a radio
By  |  April 14, 2007

Cult following

If you’re in Nashville and you play on somebody else’s record, you’re a session musician. If you do it in Portland, you’re just like everybody else.
Warming up to The Ice Arena
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 06, 2006

Wheel of fortune

Some people call Vanna the luckiest band in town — they signed to Epitaph after an A&R scout stumbled over a song on PureVolume. But even such modest success comes with consequences.
Vanna were in the right place at the right time, but can Boston’s newest metalcore sensations live up to the hype?
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  June 01, 2006