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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
| March 01, 2013
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.
| December 10, 2010
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
| June 04, 2010
The Big Hurt: Another Brown bagged
Ian Brown: lady hitter?
Plus Stockman sickened, Sublime subpoena'd,
| November 13, 2009
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?
| November 06, 2009
The Big Hurt: Attention whoring and headline parsing
Slow news week.
Music news in brief
| September 18, 2009
On their way to Memphis
Their name sort of gives them away.
The Lomax mine the South, and the past, on their debut disc
| February 11, 2009
A quick foray into Brazilian rock
| August 05, 2008
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
| March 04, 2008
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
| December 31, 2007
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
| December 17, 2007
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
| November 07, 2007
They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
| July 16, 2007
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
| May 21, 2007
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
| April 10, 2007
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
MARY K. ZAJAC
| October 03, 2006
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
| September 14, 2006
Oh Tracyanne, why do you torture us so? Camera Obscura, "Let's Get Out of This Country" (mp3)
Let’s Get Out of the Country | Merge
| June 28, 2006
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
| February 21, 2006
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
| February 16, 2006
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