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Johnny Marr | The Messenger

Going solo is rarely a good decision. For every exception to the rule of who flourishes after unburdening themselves of the half-talents that have been holding them back — Justin Timberlake, for one — there are dozens of embarrassing Dee Dee Ramone rap
Sire/ADA (2013)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 01, 2013
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The historical strum of Bert Jansch

There was a time not too long ago when British folk-music titan Bert Jansch would have been remembered mostly as a footnote in pimple-faced Led Zeppelin mythology.
Folk lure
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 10, 2010
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Reality bites

At some point or another, the greatest artists are pegged as oddballs, weirdos, freaks. Being a great artist does mean going out on a limb.
The singular surrealism of Robyn Hitchcock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 04, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Another Brown bagged

Ian Brown: lady hitter?
Plus Stockman sickened, Sublime subpoena'd,
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 13, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Liam alone

Everyone figured that Noel Gallagher would go solo — it’s been hinted at for years — but the break-up of Oasis has made it a grim inevitability.
Can an Oasis spinoff help but suck?
By DAVID THORPE  |  November 06, 2009
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The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing

Slow news week.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 18, 2009


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On their way to Memphis

Their name sort of gives them away.
The Lomax mine the South, and the past, on their debut disc
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 11, 2009

Brazilliant


A quick foray into Brazilian rock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 05, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Fire sales

The world’s largest collection of recorded music has gone up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of $3 million.
Plus, this week in tedious headlines
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 04, 2008
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Scene and heard

Entertainment companies are pumping out music DVD titles by the hundreds, and 2008 will see a deluge of releases across all genres.
The year ahead in DVDs
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007
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The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007


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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
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Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007
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Subtle stars

In the gaps between words are the things that really intrigue me,” sings Maxïmo Park frontman Paul Smith on “Girls Who Play Guitars.”
Separating Maxïmo Park from the pack
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  May 21, 2007

Floating on

Like so many indie-rockers raised in the shadow of Northwestern clouds Isaac Brock knows a thing or two about gray skies.
Modest Mouse survive their own shipwreck
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  April 10, 2007
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Definitely Maybe

Lisa Germano wants to know my cat’s name. Said cat has just yowled as she walked through the kitchen, where I’m talking to Germano long-distance, so I oblige.
Connecting with Lisa Germano
By MARY K. ZAJAC  |  October 03, 2006


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Forward into the past!

Could it be just a coincidence that as I sit here writing this, a grizzled Bob Seger is gearing up for the release of Face the Promise , the Detroit rocker’s first proper studio album in, oh, forever and a day? The Lemonheads, "No Backbone" (mp3)
Oldies and more in the season’s CD releases
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 14, 2006
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Camera Obscura

Oh Tracyanne, why do you torture us so? Camera Obscura, "Let's Get Out of This Country" (mp3)
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By BILL JENSEN  |  June 28, 2006
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Found sounds

It may be a relief for long-time fans of Belle and Sebastian to hear nothing but the subtle click of rimshot snare, light piano chordings, and strummy guitar at the start of the band’s new The Life Pursuit (Matador).
Belle and Sebastian outgrow indie on The Life Pursuit
By MATT ASHARE  |  February 21, 2006
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Fully Bully

Somewhat quietly, Doug Cowan’s band, Bullyclub, has stuck around long enough to become one of the Portland scene’s elder statesmen.
Doug Cowan’s club emphasizes the literate indie pop they’ve always done best
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2006