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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Phoenix in Portland, Tonight!

Posted By on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM

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Tonight we're in Portland for a little out-of-town music! French rockers Phoenix are in town at the Crystal Ballroom and we couldn't be more excited!

To get the party started, check out some multimedia offerings from the band below. If you've never heard of Phoenix— you'll be glad you did.

A sweet video for the first single from their yet-to-be-released album:

Stream their last album on Spotify:

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Give Us Your Molly Ringwald Moments—We'll Give You Tickets!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Our lady of perpetual teen angst.
  • Our lady of perpetual teen angst.

Remember that moment in Pretty In Pink when Molly Ringwald's sitting there in her social studies class and those Barbie-like popular girls ask where she got her clothes?

And then Molly tries to get the Barbie girls out of their punishment, but they say they would actually be happy to take it.

God. Bitches. High school was full of them.

We know you can call up at least one moment from one of Molly's brat pack films (Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink) that just so perfectly sums up your own high school experience.

We want to know about that moment. And we're willing to give you tickets for an intimate night with Molly at the Tower on April 13 for your answers!

Go to our Facebook page or the comments section below and tell us your stories.

Free tickets to see Molly Ringwald! So awesome!

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Weekend Roundup 3/29-3/31

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Here are some suggestions for the final music-filled weekend in March.

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Music Roundup

The Rum and the Sea.
  • The Rum and the Sea.

The Rum & the Sea
7 p.m. Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café 1740 NW Pence Ln., Ste. 1. No Cover.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

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The return of Son Volt on this week's Friday Mixtape!

That's right, even though I'm a huge Wilco fan, and pretty much worship Jeff Tweedy, I must say the new Son Volt album is very much enjoyable. Home run for front man Jay Farrar on this one! (for those of you who don't know, Son Volt is the other splinter group from the former Tweedy/Farrar band, Uncle Tupelo.)

As good as their song "Hearts and Minds" is, don't get too hung up on Son Volt, because this playlist has a ton more to explore.

Like the track "Bornholmer" from the debut album Be Your Own King by Concrete Knives. There's also some smooth EDM from Flume, French pop by Monogrenade and sweet folk from Wild Child. Oh, and just for fun, we threw in some Justin Timberlake.

Have a great Friday!

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Pure Kitchen Opening Tonight

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Pure Kitchen, a small plate and tapas restaurant ( in the old Bo Bar at 550 Franklin Ave next to Connecting Point) is now open!

Via Facebook.
  • Via Facebook.

Happy hour prices will apply all night long for the grand opening. Drinks include six different Mojitos for $6 a pop. Yum.

Be the first to test out their menu. Check Pure Kitchen's facebook for more info.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Customer Service Firing at Sub Pop Records?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:51 AM

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This has got to be a joke. Even so— it's pretty awesome.

Sub Pop Records— known for bands like Fleet Foxes and Blitzen Trapper, has a couple blog posts up about a customer service incident.

First, the label received a completely ridiculous letter from a Father John Misty fan about the album artwork and liner notes. That part seems true.

But then they posted the letter on their website along with a "customer service" response from one Derek Erdman. You must read that exchange titled "What's New in the Mail Bag" here.

The very next day, Sub Pop issued an apology for the Erdman response, posted a picture of him leaving the office with his desk packed up in a box and claimed it was not only his first day working at Sub Pop, but also his last. Oh yeah— and they also shared what they say are excerpts from Erdman's exit interview. Go ahead and read that post, titled "First Day/Last Day: A Customer Service Snafu," here.

I'm pretty skeptical about this whole thing being true— but still— it makes for good reading on a Wednesday morning.

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Bend Teen with Down Syndrome Makes it to Everest Base Camp

Posted By on Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Eli Reimer, 15, from Bend, is back in the states after being the first teen with Down syndrome to reach Everest Base Camp.

The Elisha Foundation
  • The Elisha Foundation

Eli, his dad, Justin, and six other climbers made the journey to raise money for The Elisha Foundation and children with disabilities. The Reimers trained in the Cascades for a year before making the 70-mile hike in the Himalayan mountains. The trek to the South Base Camp in Nepaul, which sits at 17,600, took 19 days to complete.

Read more about Eli's journey here.

Congratulations on your awesome accomplishment Eli and family! Nice work and welcome home.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PSU Creates "The Business of Craft Brewing" program

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

This could be your beer!
  • This could be your beer!

Still think you can sneak another brewery in before Bend's beer bubble bursts?

Might want to take a quick timeout for a new certificate program at Portland State University—it's the state's latest acknowledgement that beer industry is here to stay.

"No place in the US has the concentration of quality, innovative craft brewers as Portland,” said Scott Dawson, dean of the School of Business at Portland State University. “It just makes sense that we help entrepreneurs become more successful by providing them real-world training and exposure to industry professionals.”

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Supreme Court Reluctant...WTF!!

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Today, the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether California’s gay marriage ban is constitutional.

The Chicago Tribune just reported SEVERELY TROUBLING news:

The Supreme Court signaled reluctance on Tuesday to rule broadly on the question of the right to marriage for gays and lesbians as the justices heard arguments on same-sex marriage for the first time.
As thousands of demonstrators on both sides of America's long-standing gay rights divide rallied outside, the court heard a spirited, 80-minute oral argument on whether to let stand a California ban on same-sex marriage.
Despite the case being one of the most eagerly anticipated legal showdowns of the year, some of the nine justices showed an unwillingness to dive headfirst into the delicate and divisive issue.
Though polls show growing support among Americans for gay marriage, only nine states recognize it, while 30 states have constitutional amendments prohibiting it.

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Jay-Z on Marriage Equality

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Yes.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend Headlines!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

If you weren’t all over the news this weekend, here are some features you may have missed:

1. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage, violates the federal Constitution. This video explains more about the Supreme Court and Proposition 8.

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2. Despite inclimate conditions, both supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage are turning out in force in Washington, anxiously awaiting the verdict of the Supreme Court's ruling in the landmark case addressing the constitutionality of same-sex marriage and the rights of same-sex couples.

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3. This picture of a pit-bull with a bird sitting on its head and surrounded by bunnies went viral. Despite their bad rap, pit-bulls can be friendly after all.

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Click here for more ridiculously cute dog photos.


4. Scientists and researches at Penn State have announced that they have managed to complete the full sequencing of the aye-aye lemur’s genome. The strange, wide-eyed creature is endangered, but scientists hope that this new genetic research can help the lemur survive.

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5. This weekend's Perfect Shot!:
Justin Leonard looks at a squirrel on the 10th fairway during the third round of the Tampa Bay Championship golf tournament on in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Hullabaloo Announces Blind Pilot!

Posted By on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Hey! Weve seen these guys before!
  • Hey! We've seen these guys before!

C3 Events announced today that the popular Northwest Crossing Hullabaloo festival will feature a free performance by Portland indie folk outfit Blind Pilot on June 28. This is absolutely fantastic news!

Check out my favorite video of Blind Pilot playing at Doug Fir Lounge and performing "We Are the Tide."

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