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Making sense of Contrast Eats the Slimey Green

That Two series at the Port City is great for plenty of reasons — including the cheap beer, obviously — but that gig a couple Tuesdays back with Metal Feathers opening for Spouse on the big stage pretty much justifies the whole endeavor.
Metal on metal
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 04, 2011

Gully + Foam Castles + Sunset Hearts at Empire Dine and Dance, January 8

Gully, Foam Castles, and Sunset Hearts at Empire was a veritable who's-who of the Portland indie rock scene.
Music seen
By AMANDA PLEAU  |  January 14, 2011

Sound of Silver

From Extendo-Ride to Cult Maze to their latest incarnation, Brenda, there has never been any doubt about the songwriting capabilities of Peet Chamberlain and Josh Loring.
Brenda's debut a raucous shade of pop
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 25, 2010

Beer, boys and parking-meter woes

As if you needed proof that Ron Harrity is one busy man (see: new releases from If and It, Honey Clouds, Marie Stella), two more albums finished off in his South Portland studio hit the streets this season in advance of your summer road trips.
New anti-anthems from Foam Castles and the Rattlesnakes
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  June 18, 2010

Treble Treble release party

Treble Treble release party at SPACE Gallery, November 27
Music Seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 04, 2009

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


And then some...

Aside from the second season of Mad Men , Barack Obama, and Puppycam, I think we can all agree that it was a pretty mediocre year in national pop culture.
An addendum to the year in local music
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 23, 2008

Metal Feathers + Phantom Buffalo

The Year in Cult Maze Spin-Offs has taken yet another auspicious turn.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, July 19
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 23, 2008

Cult Maze

Early on in Cult Maze’s all-too-brief tenure as Portland’s best indie-rock band — probably when they were still called The Funeral — I offered to buy Joshua Loring a beer before his set.
Music seen at Geno’s + SPACE Gallery, April 4 + April 6, 2008
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2008

Portland scene report: January 11, 2008

Moshe and his Milled Pavement label have been busy ringing in the new year.
Sibilance starts now

Let’s talk numbers

There’s some talk that Cult Maze are the best rock band in Portland right now.
Cult Maze move well beyond Ice Arena with 35, 36
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 07, 2007

Diamond Sharp

The Sharp are dead. Long live the Sharp.
Music seen at Geno's, July 7, 2007
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 11, 2007

That’s just super(groups)

You know, ideas are the easy part. It’s the execution that gets tricky.
Some ideas for bands that may never be, but should
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2007

Portland scene report, July 7, 2006

Whatnot, Cult Maze, Divine Maggees set to release new CDs; Neil Collins's return to the local stages