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Underground downtown: Looking beneath the streets

For years, many people have heard rumors about secret spaces beneath our feet on the Portland peninsula.

By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 15, 2013
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Portland Underground

I am crouching somewhere off Portland's peninsula, an inch of water pooled around my winter boots, a dark tunnel of concrete stretching out in front as well as far behind me.
Exploring the hidden landscapes below
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 15, 2013
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Magical Mistakes | Special Friends

Before working as Magical Mistakes, Erik Luebs made bedroom electronica in California as Death by Panda.
Kassette Klub (2012)
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  March 02, 2012
Off the record: Habits

Schoolboy Q | Habits & Contradictions

Without much that can be considered "structure" in terms of the verse-chorus-verse standard, Q confidently wobbles through an album's worth of jaded bangers.
Top Dawg Entertainment (2012)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 03, 2012
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Alex Chilton | Free Again: The ''1970'' Sessions

Post–Box Tops and pre-Big Star, Alex Chilton was an 18-year-old Memphis boy on his way to his dual identity: former #1 pop hitmaker, perpetual underground hero.
Omnivore (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 13, 2012


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Gracious Calamity say 'yes'

The Whitehaus has a way of feeling warm, even when the rest of Jamaica Plain is cold enough to see your breath.
Our haus
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  January 06, 2012
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Indie labels fill the majors' void in 2011

During a year when political conversations are increasingly focused on the widening gap between the rich and poor, the corporate elite versus the rest of the world, it makes sense that arts criticism follow.
DIY or die
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 23, 2011
From the Back of the Room: Review

Review: From the Back of the Room

Chronicling the past 30 years of women in DIY punk, Amy Oden's documentary deconstructs the myth that punk is an ideal world free of gender prejudices.
Amy Oden's documentary about sexism in the punk rock community
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 09, 2011
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Review: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

In the era when the Black Panther Party was its most powerful and off-the-pig-threatening and separatist, there was little interest in even conversing with whitey, unless whitey was from somewhere other than the ultra-racist USA.
A collage of privileged documentary moments
By GERALD PEARY  |  September 30, 2011
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Shaping noise into extreme metal with Sewer Goddess

Sewer Goddess are gritty, grimy, and unpleasant listening, but a growing legion of gluttons flock to the band's audial punishment.
The grimy underground
By IAN DUNCAN-BROWN  |  August 26, 2011


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A study in anarchy

Named after a family of birds that is markedly playful and diverse, Corvid is a benevolent underground anarchist institute fostering eclectic inter-disciplinary thought.
With no campus, accreditation, or heirarchy, Corvid College thrives underground
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 29, 2011
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Burial | Street Halo and Ego/Mirror

Hyperdub (2011) & Text (2011)
Hyperdub (2011) & Text (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  April 08, 2011
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Review: La Roux at the Paradise

"I could have been singing this at the Grammys — but I'm here with you tonight," declared Elly Jackson, the public face of La Roux, with a detectable dash of annoyance folded into several dollops of playful sarcasm.
Paradise Rock Club, January 31, 2010
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 12, 2010
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Robert Crumb at MassArt

R. Crumb's Underground at MassArt
The beast in me
By GREG COOK  |  February 03, 2009
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As you like it

English-born artist Melanie Smith has made Mexico City her home for the past 20 years.
Melanie Smith, Taylor Davis and Nicole Cherubini at MIT List Visual Arts Center, R.Crumb at Mass Art
By EVAN J. GARZA  |  January 21, 2009


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This old house

You wouldn't know it, but throbbing away in the upper two floors of that tiny wedge of a building splitting Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue is Rise: Boston's only after-hours nightclub.
Rise celebrates 10 years on the edge
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 12, 2009
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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