Talkdemonic: Beat Romantics

Oregon’s rock-scattered Pacific coast is a grand, wordless expanse of aching beauty, which happens to be a good way to describe Eyes at Half Mast, the latest from Portland duo Talkdemonic. Lisa Molina…

Inbox: Dinky

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

Fist Fite: Keeping the DIY Flame

Fuck The Shins, Stephen Malkmus, and The Decemberists–for as much as large-room indie rock has been the face of the city over the past half-decade or so, Portland still has DIY in its soul. Bands stil…

Friends of Friends of Friends

Dykeritz Weirdo pomp-and-circumstance pop with the airy, ’60s edge of Ariel Pink and the prog-disco leanings of MGMT. Rearrangerologyistics is out now on Lucky Madison. Dirty Mittens Driven by Chelsea…

Holocene: The Lone Techno Bastion

Five years ago, the stylish white cube that is the club Holocene stood out in Portland like a Vespa in a remote jungle village.This was before the L.A.-in-the-Northwest rock club Doug Fir Lounge opene…

Ohmega Watts: For the Ears and Eyes

Being one of Portland’s most visible hip-hop artists, it’s ironic that Ohmega Watts considers himself a hermit. But when he’s not manning the turntables at his weekly DJ gig, The Fix, this producer/se…

Yacht: Danceable-Grunge

One guy could play drums in a folk band, have an art exhibition, and then perform in a laptop group all in the same night, explains 27-year-old Jonathan “Jona” Bechtolt. “I don’t know how it happens, …

Turn on Tune In: Portland's Vibe Tribe

It was billed as the “24 Hour Concert and Vibe Zone.” From five in the afternoon on Saturday through five the following Sunday, something like 15 artists–but likely much more in the end–set the atmosp…

Inbox: Rafter

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

Portland Punk: A Brief History

Portland is now gaining a worldwide rep as a hub of forward-thinking indie music and culture, but all these art-rock wunderkind can trace their DIY lineage back to the city’s punk scene of the late ’7…

Style Icons: Men with Hats

Beautiful Losers mastermind Aaron Rose picks his style icons through the ages. Aaron Rose’s resume reads like a primer of how to merge underground with above-ground tastefully: He’s a curator (of now-…

An Interview with Panther

Rib juice, big hair, and boogaloo with Charlie Salas-Humara and Joe Kelly of Portland act Panther. XLR8R: What was the original concept for Panther? Charlie: There was really no concept. I wanted to d…

Mobile Planet: "Jesus Phone" Gaming

With Apple launching a cheaper, faster, and better iPhone in July, along with quick, easy, and–most importantly–legal development software for the platform, many are touting the “Jesus Phone” as the n…

Portland Artists on Their Favorite Places

We asked all the artists in our issue to tell us their favorite places to hang out in Portland, and here they are… Our house, Grass Hut (the gallery our friends own and operate), and, of course,…

Treasure Don: From Cathedral to Dancehall

Choirboy or rude boy? 38-year-old Bronx-based sing-jay Treasure Don might be both, balancing his sanctified childhood with rugged dancehall, hip-hop, and even dub (via work with eclectic producers Sub…

Jay Reatard: No Guts, No Glory

“I’m not going to be one of those people who will try to sell it to you like, ‘I’m a realist.’ I’m fucking negative,” Jay Reatard says on the phone from his native Memphis. “I have fun like the next g…

Inbox: Fuck Buttons

Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. Thus, each week, we em…

In the Studio: The Faint

Nearly a decade ago, Omaha, Nebraska-based electro-rock outfit The Faint popularized the white-belt-and-black-bangs aesthetic, but possibly even more noteworthy, they reintroduced the synthesizer into…

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