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Exclusive Premiere: Wild Ones “Golden Twin”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Wild Ones “Golden Twin”

Wild Ones gentle pop melodies are a far cry from the gritty guitar-driven sound that put Portland, Or., on the musical map back in the 90s. Their songs are filled with simple melodies, spare synths and sparse drums layered into unconventional pop melodies with lilting, melancholy songs. It’s a winning combination. Danielle Sullivan’s voice is…

Exclusive Premiere: Sassparilla “All The Way In”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Sassparilla “All The Way In”

When it comes to bringing the sound of Americana to life, it’s hard to top Portland, Oregon-based outfit Sassparilla. Whether you call them folk-punk or psychobilly or just rockabilly with a seriously Portland twist, Sassparilla makes modern music drenched in a vintage feel. Whatever you dub their sound, the band — Kevin Blackwell (vocals, lead…

Exclusive Premiere: Jasmine Ash “Starlight”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Jasmine Ash “Starlight”

It’s too bad the title “Walking on Sunshine” was already taken (and sorry for getting it stuck in your head now) because that title would be the perfect moniker for Jasmine Ash’s latest release. While the track is called “Starlight” the song itself is filled with sunshine. It’s unadulterated and unabashed bubblegum pop that plays…

Exclusive Premiere: Aan “I Don’t Need Love”

Article: Exclusive Premiere: Aan “I Don’t Need Love”

When critics compare your group to such buzzy bands as Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors, it can be a lot to live up to. But Aan is getting used to it. In fact, the Portland, Ore.,-based band may actually be thriving under the pressure, because their music just keeps getting better and better. Led by…

Virgin America Names A New PDX-Themed Plane

Article: Virgin America Names A New PDX-Themed Plane

As of June 5th, impossibly-trendy airline Virgin America will start routing flights out of impossibly-trendy PDX airport, allowing Portlandians cheap access to the Southland: 99 bucks for a twice-daily nonstop to Los Angeles, or a once-daily nonstop to San Francisco. This may not seem like a big deal, but Portland—despite its global reputation—is still a…

Carrie for Mayor!

Article: Carrie for Mayor!

It’s March, and you know what that means: Brackets! Lots and lots of brackets. Not just in college basketball, either. Why, over at Bill Simmons’ sports and culture Web site Grantland, they just finished up a tournament to crown the best character from HBO’s “The Wire” (to the surprise of no one, the winner was…

Tales of Portland Public Transit

Article: Tales of Portland Public Transit

In Portland, public transportation is a culture unto itself. I suppose that’s true of all major cities, but it’s especially valid here, in a city considered to have one of the best transit systems in the country. Combine the ease of getting around with the other things that make Portland so Portlandian, and that makes…

The Most Portland Thing Ever: Urban Breastfeeding

Article: The Most Portland Thing Ever: Urban Breastfeeding

Have we already come to the final installment of The Most Portland Thing Ever? Yes, but hasn’t it been so much fun? I wish we could have assigned our trusty illustrator Nicole Georges to tackle the hundreds of submissions you guys left in our comment fields, but no single human being can be in charge…

Kid From Portland Calls Out LeBron James

Article: Kid From Portland Calls Out LeBron James

OK, I don’t know if non-hardcore basketball fans will find this video as hilarious as I do, so maybe it requires some context: For years, the highlight of NBA All-Star Weekend was the annual Dunk Contest. It produced such memorable moments as Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins in 1988, 5-foot-7-inch Spud Webb dominating the field…

Keep Paris Portland

Article: Keep Paris Portland

How many times have you heard Portland referred to as “the Paris of the Northwest”? Oh, never? Well, perhaps it makes sense, then, that the French appear to be nearly as fascinated with Portland as the New York media is. But even Brooklyn hasn’t had a Portland-themed cultural festival (yet, anyway). In April, the Paris-based…

This is How Portland Does Valentine’s Day

Article: This is How Portland Does Valentine’s Day

Hey America, how was your Valentine’s Day? Did you buy your sweetheart a box of chocolates, have a nice dinner, and tuck into some DVDs on the couch? Sounds nice, but it doesn’t hold a candle(lit dinner) to this fantastically Portland act of love-gone-awry. On Valentine’s Day, Portland artist Sarah Johnson decided to deposit an…

Yet Another New Unknown Mortal Orchestra Video: “Strangers are Strange”

Article: Yet Another New Unknown Mortal Orchestra Video: “Strangers are Strange”

Just a few weeks ago, Portland-via-New Zealand psyche-breakbeat three-piece Unknown Mortal Orchestra premiered the Lynchian video for “Thought Ballune,” a highlight off its great 2011 self-titled debut. Now, here’s yet another clip for a song off that album. This time around, instead of going in the kooky-creepy direction, the video nods toward ’70s spy films,…

New YACHT Video: “Shangri-La”

Article: New YACHT Video: “Shangri-La”

YACHT member and my partner-in-blogging Claire Evans is much too modest to post this herself, so I’ll go ahead and do the honors. Typically, just leaving Portland for Los Angeles — let alone writing a song describing L.A. as utopia — is an offense to Stumptown punishable by death (or, y’know, a stern finger-wag), but…

Portland’s Most Ill-Advised Valentine’s Date Spots

Article: Portland’s Most Ill-Advised Valentine’s Date Spots

(Photo by Todd Mecklem) Hey guys: So, I realize it is pretty late to change any Valentine’s Day plans, but it’s not too late. Especially if you’re planning on taking your date to any of the places I’ve listed below. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with these establishments 364 days out of the year.…

S#!@ Portlanders Say

Article: S#!@ Portlanders Say

Yeah, yeah. I know I’m a couple days late with this. But Portland itself was disturbingly late jumping on the “Ish People Say” meme, anyway. Seriously, I thought we’d be one of the first cities to produce one of these videos. Now we’re about a month behind. I guess we’re not as hip as we…

Q&A: Jason Simms of English, baby!

Article: Q&A: Jason Simms of English, baby!

It’s often said that English is the hardest language to learn. A classroom setting can only teach so much; Portland-based instructional Web site English, baby! goes beyond the typical curriculum, teaching non-native speakers the way Americans really converse. Among other methods, the site employs celebrities — particularly NBA players, but also musicians like Sheryl Crow…

Barack Obama ❤ Portland Music

Article: Barack Obama ❤ Portland Music

Earlier today, Barack Obama’s reelection team unveiled the campaign’s official playlist — that is, the songs that will be used to (literally) drum up support for the president at rallies and other big events. It’s a predictable mix of new and old, rock and soul, country and pop, with a questionable abundance of Darius Rucker,…

Portland’s Five Thingiest Bands

Article: Portland’s Five Thingiest Bands

In a city where bands should be considered on the census, for musicians, simply writing good songs isn’t enough. You need to have a Thing. Whether it’s playing toy instruments or making beats from the sound of crying babies or recruiting your cat as a full-fledged member (foreshadowing!), an extra level of ingenuity is required…

Note to Self: Oregon is Awesome

Article: Note to Self: Oregon is Awesome

Oregonians don’t have a lot to complain about. With the notable exception of the six months of grey mono-cloud, the state of Oregon provides its residents with ample pleasures, from whale watching to craft beer festivals. In fact, sometimes there’s so much going on that you accidentally let some of the state’s definitive yearly delights…

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