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The Old Believers Live at the Doug Fir Portland

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

In what may be the lamest endorsement ever for a young band, the night I first heard the Old Believers I sent an expletive filled email to my friend Arya excitedly proclaiming that this was the first Portland music that I was sure to share with my (future) kids. Why so? Because the song I [...]

PWRFL Power at Worksound

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Pic ©Nilina Mason-Campbell If Sunday night’s show at Worksound was offered by a travel company, I think the brochure would read something like this: “Out of the snow and hail of the outdoors and into the tundra.” Yep, that was pretty much the name of the game when it came to entering a very chilly [...]

Reading Frenzy Benefit at Holocene Not a Sleater-Kinney Reunion

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Pic ©Nilina Mason-Campbell Like a sticky mid-western summer heat, the buzz was thick all day and all night long that Sleater-Kinney would reunite at Holocene last night during the Reading Frenzy benefit. The stars were seemingly aligned – what with Corin Tucker headlining with a performance and Carrie Brownstein presenting a screening of her Thunder [...]

Breakfast Mountain – Dunn (Not Done) MP3

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Photo ©Nilina Mason-Campbell From the moment I heard the carefee epicness of Breakfast Mountain‘s “Dunn [Not Done],” I began picturing a spaced out skate video to accompany it, full of lens flare and adventure. And that’s what I love about the jams Portlander Zack Osterlund creates. Specifically how even without lyrics helping to paint a [...]

Cut Off Your Hands at the Doug Fir

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Photo ©Nilina Mason-Campbell What’s happened at the Doug Fir? I mean I know there’s been some staff turn-over of late on the booking side of the venue, but apparently the lighting side too. As early as the Thermals’ pair of performances at the beginning of December I noticed red light being much more prevalent, but [...]

Those Dancing Days

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Photo by Pavla Kopecna My introduction to Swedish quintet Those Dancing Days came by way of the Daniel Eskils directed clip for their tune “Hitten.” From the moment it began rolling I was convinced these girls had merely been cast to portray a band for the purpose of the video as they couldn’t possibly be [...]

The Mae Shi at Holocene

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Mae Shi – Pic ©Nilina Mason-Campbell The first I ever heard of Los Angeles’ Mae Shi was during last year’s SXSW in relation to their spree of gigs in Austin. After remarking to Dean Spunt of garage-rockers No Age about how it seemed like Lightspeed Champion was going for the record in terms of amount [...]

Lykke Li Gets Gangsta

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Lykke Li @ NTBR Part 4 – “Hustlin’” from Drew Innis on Vimeo. If you haven’t taken Lykke Li‘s perpetual set-closing cover of A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It” as a hint, the Swedish songstress really loves her hip-hop and rap. Further evidence? Her performing a stripped down version of Rick Ross’ “Hustlin’” [...]