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Music, Hear This The Helio Sequence: Show Preview

The Helio Sequence: Show Preview

On Negotiations, the fifth album by Portland, Ore.-based The Helio Sequence, singer-guitarist Brandon Summers and drummer-keyboardist Benjamin Weikel return as a lean, slightly grittier indie-pop machine. In 2009, the band's studio was flooded following unusually heavy rains, spurring the guys…
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Music, Hear This Agalloch: Show Preview

Agalloch: Show Preview

The old tale of Faust — the doctor who strikes an agreement with Lucifer himself — has inspired innumerable creations, among them Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," Radiohead's "Faust Arp," the Keanu/Pacino vehicle The Devil's Advocate, and Marvel Comics hell-raiser Ghost Rider.…
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Music, Hear This Mean Jeans: Show Preview

Mean Jeans: Show Preview

Punk rock can be an immensely powerful weapon of change, with fiery guitars and drums creating intense, perspective-shaking expressions of the human condition. Alternately, punk can be used to par-tay, which Mean Jeans cares about way more than any sociopolitical…
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Calendar, Night&Day A Mean Good Time

A Mean Good Time

P unk rock can be an immensely powerful weapon of change, with fiery guitars and drums creating intense, perspective-shaking expressions of the human condition. Alternately, punk can be used to par-tay, which Mean Jeans cares about way more than any…
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Calendar, Night&Day The World In 50 Takes

The World In 50 Takes

We think like a photojournalist (natch): Shoot absolutely everything interesting, from every angle and setting, and from the bigger set you’re sure to get a handful of good shots and one that just nails it, the image that wows people…
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Music, Hear This Ramona Falls: Show Preview

Ramona Falls: Show Preview

Brent Knopf devised an ingenious strategy for the recording of Ramona Falls' 2009 debut album, Intuit. A onetime member of the highly regarded Portland, Ore., experimental indie-pop outfit Menomena, Knopf used Intuit's creation as an excuse to hang out and…
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Film, "Blue Like Jazz": Freshman Loses Religion, Finds Himself

"Blue Like Jazz": Freshman Loses Religion, Finds Himself

Junior-college golden boy Don (Marshall Allman) is gearing up to attend a Baptist university in the fall and fielding warnings from members of his suburban-Houston congregation that the school has gotten "way more liberal." When his layabout nonbeliever dad calls…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not For Stars

Not For Stars

In 2004, local indie rock band For Stars released its fourth LP, It Falls Apart, a daring combination of arty Radiohead-ish rock and achingly pretty folk. But just when the band seemed destined for a major breakthrough, it broke up…
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Music, Hear This Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Show Preview

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Show Preview

The M.O. at Fat Possum Records sure has changed over the years. Early on, the Mississippi label focused on aged, venerable, black bluesmen like T-Model Ford and R.L. Burnside. But sometime after the Black Keys hit it big around 2005,…
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Music, Hear This Pink Martini: Show Preview

Pink Martini: Show Preview

Portland's music scene these days often gets pigeonholed as a mix of folk, indie rock, and alt-country. But the Oregon city's most vibrant export might just be the idiosyncratic ensemble Pink Martini. The group has scant regard for genre distinctions:…
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Music, Hear This Horse Feathers: Show Preview

Horse Feathers: Show Preview

With his penchant for gossamer song arrangements, a delicate voice that often slips into falsetto, and a way of averting his eyes in photographs, you might be misled into thinking singer-songwriter Justin Ringle (of Portland, Ore.'s Horse Feathers) is of…
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Music, The Thermals' 'Personal Life' is subdued, but they won't stay down for long

The Thermals' 'Personal Life' is subdued, but they won't stay down for long

The Thermals' fifth record, Personal Life, was released just a couple of months ago, but the Portland, Ore.-based trio might already be reconsidering recent developments. Unlike the band's cheerfully chaotic past material, Personal Life's indie rock is largely subdued and…
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Music, Hear This Red Fang: Show Preview

Red Fang: Show Preview

Rocking out with the savage abandon of Bigfoot on a three-day Viagra-and-tequila bender, Portland, Ore.-based quartet Red Fang has road-dogged its way into the hearts of heshers across the nation. Packed with pulverizing gems that recall the punkish side of…
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Music, Menomena finally grows up

Menomena finally grows up

"We formed in 2000," Justin Harris says. "Ten years ago this autumn, in fact." Here, his voice takes a sudden leap from its usual unassuming tone. Menomena has come a long way in a decade, it seems to say, even…
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Gay porn power couple's breakup gets nasty

For six years, Aden and Jordan Jaric were the June and Ward Cleaver of the gay porn world. They were the monogamous, real-life couple from Sacramento who had a contract stating they would only have sex on film with each…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Prids Are All Right

The Prids Are All Right

If you make an indie-rock album and Built to Spill's Doug Martsch shows up, the battle is half-won right there. Martsch sings and plays guitar on "In the Fall" from the Prids' new album, Chronosynclastic, and his BTS bandmate Brett…
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Calendar, Night&Day "100 Records"

"100 Records"

You'd think that the guy who dreamed up a massive art project, one that involves writing and recording more than 100 songs and organizing a wide swath of artists to design the attendant 7-inch sleeves, would be an intense audiophile.…
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Music, Sonny Smith&#146;s <i>100 Records</i>: imaginary bands and tangible works of art

Sonny Smith’s 100 Records: imaginary bands and tangible works of art

You'd think that the guy who dreamed up a massive art project, one that involves writing and recording more than 100 songs and organizing a wide swath of artists to design the attendant 7-inch sleeves, would be an intense audiophile.…
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Music, Hear This Pierced Arrows

Pierced Arrows

New kids on the block have taken my place/Walking on my grave," Fred Cole screeched in his last band with his wife, Toody, the mildly legendary garage-rockers Dead Moon. He has a right to those lyrics — he turns 62…
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Calendar, Night&Day Clean Pickin&#146;

Clean Pickin’

The specter of the South may loom large in the songs of the Builders and the Butchers, as do God and the Devil, but the five-piece has its origins much further north. Based in Portland, Ore., each member is a…
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