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By  |  July 06, 2013
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Rock of pure substance

Is music a type of theology? Generally not, we'd say, but now and again, a group like the WALDOS come along and we start to wonder.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 08, 2013

City to revisit its late-night venue policies

Stock up on Red Bull: It might soon become more possible to stay out past 1 o'clock in the morning in Portland (without being crammed into someone's house party).
After Party
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 16, 2012
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Mosart212 declares himself PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE

It's been hard to miss this whole EDM push lately.
EDM x DSM
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 17, 2012
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Silent lucidity

After a brief stint of un-Googleability, the Lucid have gone back to being known as DOMINIC AND THE LUCID .
Wax Tablet
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 11, 2011
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The Mallett Brothers Band sing it straight and true

Not only was Doc Watson the best guitarist of his era, but he also expanded the horizons of so many players, in a way that belied his ultra-traditional Deep Gap, North Carolina, upbringing.
On the Low Down
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 07, 2011


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A little bit country

The line-up for the Portland showcase at the CMJ Festival will be: SPOSE , BILLY LIBBY , THE MALLETT BROTHERS BAND , SUNSET HEARTS , THE MILKMAN'S UNION , THE TOUGHCATS , and KURT BAKER .
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 23, 2011
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Out of this world...

We were charmed to learn that THE KENYA HALL BAND , one of the finest and few of our local R&B groups, played a show at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village last weekend.
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By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  August 12, 2011
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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

Arms Against A Sea parts ways, OK Go releases a live album, and more

We were disappointed to hear the promising ARMS AGAINST A SEA have decided to call it quits.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  July 01, 2011
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Rollins to interrogate Dinosaurs

It's always exciting when an iconic band play Portland, but Dinosaur Jr.'s Port City Music Hall show Monday night brings some additional curiosities.
Inviting inquiry
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  June 17, 2011


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Sparks fly on Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With

If there were those who thought Sparks the Rescue got a little too saccharine on their label debut, Eyes to the Sun , they may be somewhat mollified by the brand-new Worst Thing I've Been Cursed With .
Rescue me
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 29, 2011

Port City now 18+, all the time

After something of a long, strange trip, Port City Music Hall's quest to be an 18+ venue has come to fruition.
Venue Watch
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 22, 2011

Say hello to Goodbye Forever, the latest from This Way

THIS WAY  have put the finishing touches on Goodbye Forever , what we're hearing is an Americana-fueled second album from the band fronted by JAY BASINER .
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 22, 2011

Spouse frontman goes solo, Spose celebrates 4/20, and more

SPOUSE frontman JOSE AYERVE has a new solo project that ought to shake things up a little.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  April 08, 2011

Atomik at Bayside Bowl, March 15

Having a DJ (or, in this case, two) play your bowling night is a luxury, but damned if it doesn't seem like an obligatory one on occasion.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 25, 2011


Port City soars, Venue tanks

PORT CITY MUSIC HALL must be doing something right.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  March 04, 2011
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Grand Hotel’s radiant and vibrant in color

Less than a year following their terrific self-titled full-length debut, Grand Hotel are back with in color , an album that sees that debut and raises the stakes considerably.
Like a hurricane
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 18, 2011
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Lucid dreaming

How far the Lucid have come. Sure, sometimes a band come out of the gate firing on all cylinders and crush their debut album, using chemistry and energy to overcome lack of experience. But far more common is for a band to take a little while to find the
An effervescent ride on the mothership
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 04, 2011
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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

New projects, debuts, and goodbyes

Former CAMBIATA mates CHRIS MOULTON and STAN DZENGELEWSKI (hardest name in Portland music to spell?) have a new project they're calling VANITYITES , and they're getting help from all kinds of former bandmates and other talented folks.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 07, 2011


Rustic Overtones + Gypsy Tailwind at Port City Music Hall


Two local staples - Rustic Overtones and soulful Americana band Gypsy Tailwind - headline Port City Music Hall's festivities for a more sonically restrained celebration....
By webteam  |  December 29, 2010

Livening up 2010: Many bands, all over town

It was about the experience in 2010. Whether it was the sweaty, riotous, arm-over-your-buddy's-shoulder type of concert or the ruminative, head-plodding sort, concertgoers in town (and away) had much to immerse in.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 24, 2010

Power pop, radio rock, and more

NOW IS NOW frontman MITCH ALDEN has plans for a solo release. The party's scheduled for January 21 at RiRa. Expect some seriously upbeat power pop.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 17, 2010

The English Beat at Port City Music Hall


Little did the Beat know when they were writing clean, reggae-infused punk back in 1978 that they'd be partially responsible for unleashing one of the...
By webteam  |  December 15, 2010

J. Cole at Port City Music Hall


24-year-old J. Cole, the German-born, North Carolina-raised, socially conscious rapper and Mos Def duckling, was the first artist to sign to Roc Nation records. You...
By webteam  |  November 23, 2010


Spencer Albee hosts Beatles night at Port City Music Hall


At Port City Music Hall, Spencer Albee hosts the 8th Annual (post-Thanksgiving) Beatles night, where he and friends will cover that most irregular Beatles album,...
By webteam  |  November 23, 2010

Paranoid Social Club at Port City Music Hall


Port City Music Hall hosts the Paranoid Social Club at 8 pm to kick off a tryptophan-fueled holiday campaign of easily digestible jams. Tickets for...
By webteam  |  November 17, 2010

Phantom Buffalo + The Lucid at Port City Music Hall


Combined, Phantom Buffalo and The Lucid have been playing together for 20 years. That's a pretty impressive run, and they make a pretty good couple...
By webteam  |  November 09, 2010
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The Cyborg Trio make it up as they go along

Portland hasn't had a band like the Cyborg Trio in while. They're almost certainly the best/only live all-instrumental dance band since Slowing Room stopped playing out (and they actually had some vocals sometimes). Also, Slowing Room had, well, songs.
Half and half
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 30, 2010