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The Shins | Port of Morrow

Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 16, 2012

Photos: James Mercer of the Shins at the MFA

James Mercer of the Shins performs at a WFNX Acoustic session at the Museum of Fine Arts on January 26, 2012.
Hosted by WFNX | January 26, 2012
By SAM LIANG  |  February 03, 2012
[playlist] Our music fall preview hits Spotify

[playlist] Our music fall preview hits Spotify

Despite the inevitable drop in temperatures, this week's Fall Preview includes a concert schedule that promises to keep things hot n' heavy all season long....
By Patrick McDermott  |  September 16, 2011

Tiny Showcase grapples with a market gone big

Jon Buonaccorsi stands alongside a large, rectangular table and plays with a series of flat, wooden pieces that, when assembled, make for an arty little pizza shop that might look sharp on your mantle.
Print It
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 25, 2011

Oranjuly | Oranjuly

Three years is a long time to make an album. A band could either neuter every nuance that might have existed on the tape or patiently polish their songs like little gemstones.
Self-released (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 02, 2010

Photos: Broken Bells at Ames

Broken Bells, live at the WFNX Ames Acoustic Session, on June 4, 2010
Broken Bells, WFNX Ames Acoustic Session | June 4, 2010
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  June 11, 2010


Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo

Look, I get it: the last thing we need right now is yet another band who can be described as “sun-baked,” “reverb-soaked,” or even just “psychedelic.” But Avi Buffalo (I know! An animal name to boot!) are worth your attention for a few reasons.
Sub Pop (2010)
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 28, 2010

Prog wild

Let me just assure you, right off, that after this, I promise never, ever, to talk to you about this year’s SXSW again, but check it out: we passed by a tossed-up tent-and-chain-link venue with a long line jutting into the street, and from between the po
The controlled chaos of Bear in Heaven
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 02, 2010

Broken Bells | Broken Bells

Danger Mouse ( né Brian Burton) had a pretty good run through the '00s, a decade that saw him go from a mash-up nobody to producer du jour for a motley assortment of artists.
Columbia (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 12, 2010

Ride that wave

Like a killer wave or a lousy metaphor, success can really sneak up on you.
Are Surfer Blood the only band from Florida?
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010

VIDEO: Top 101 songs of the decade

WFNX's top 101 songs of the decade
The top 101 songs of the decade from WFNX 101.7 FM
By WFNX AND PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 18, 2009

Hottest songs of 2009

By PHOEBIE PHOENIX  |  December 18, 2009

How it feels to be something (back) on

Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman still sounds amazed by the band he saw at Seattle’s Crocodile Café back in 1993.
The return of Sunny Day Real Estate
By LEOR GALIL  |  September 25, 2009

Fly by night?

For a decade, Eric Johnson's primary songwriting vehicle has been Fruit Bats, but the Portland-via-Chicago singer and multi-instrumentalist has always dipped in and out of other projects — Califone, Vetiver, Ugly Casanova among them.
Fruit Bats aren't a Shins side project
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  September 11, 2009

VIDEO: Malkmus, Shins do new music

Video documentation of new music from a pair of beloved Oregonian carpetbaggers has surfaced. First,...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 12, 2009

Media misfits

The series grew out of an excellent 1999 documentary directed by author Arthur Bradford ( Dogwalker ) and produced by South Park 's Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
News from waaay outside the mainstream
By MIKE MILIARD  |  February 03, 2009

Daro + Why Hello

With side projects, you always learn a thing or two about the scope of the musician’s interests and influences.
Music seen at Slainte, July 12, 2008
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  July 16, 2008

Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008

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

Beirut’s French kiss

Beirut’s role in the Gypsy reappropriation wave is more whimsical than their more aggressive counterparts in Gogol Bordello, in both form and function.
Escaping the Gulag, with romance and accordions
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 10, 2007

Easy, tiger

It’s been interesting to, however briefly, listen to songs I’ll likely still enjoy in twenty years.
Reconsidering hipsterism, sensitivity, and Ryan Adams’s legacy
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 12, 2007


Hollywood hit

Grace Potter is going to be a star.
Grace Potter makes a major-label smash
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 04, 2007

iPhone home

Lines upon the Multimedia and Internet-enabled Mobile Phone Newly Produced by the Apple Corporation
Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  July 06, 2007

Readers' picks 2007: Arts and Entertainment

SPACE Gallery, Dock Fore, the White Heart, and more.
Best bar, best gallery, best jukebox, best happy hour, and more
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 27, 2007

Going on sale: February 23, 2007

Shins, Three Day Threshold, Norah Jones, and more.
Breaking news from the concert ticket trade
By GOING ON SALE  |  February 20, 2007

What’s the story?

‘Liam Gallagher should have stayed in England,’ opined Newsday after a show on Long Island.
Sorting through the ruins of Oasis
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 06, 2007


Size matters

The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
The Shins tend to a growing fan base
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007

Sub Pop video bin

Once upon a time, Sub Pop had a singles club.
The singles club
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 30, 2007

Wincing the blogs away

In the first quarter of 2007, more than a dozen bands who made very big names for themselves via the Internet hype machine face a compelling and dangerous question: what does it take to maintain your cred and succeed commercially in such a dynamic enviro
Indie rockers try selling out for a change
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 17, 2007

The House that Headstart built

How did that CSN song go? “Our house/ Is a very, very, very fine house/ With two cats in the yard/ Life used to be so hard/ Now everything is easy, cuz of you.” That’s it.
It’s more Amityville Horror than Victoria Mansion
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 11, 2006