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Polaris Music Prize is tonight featuring great new artists you should know about

Fucked Up
Cold Specks

Canada, our neighbor to the north, has a much higher musician-to-population rate than we do, and what's more, the government rewards musicians.

Bob Mould - The Descent - filmed in Portland


 In honor of Bob Mould's show at the Wonder Ballroom tomorrow night, here's a cut from the new album Silver Age, with a video filmed in Portland. Enjoy!

Ben Folds Five & Fraggle Rock


 I get this crazy happy feeling inside when I'm listening to The Underground and I hear the title music from Ben Folds Five, from 1999.

So imagine my joy if you will when I learned that Ben Folds Five is putting out a new album. And so I watched the video, and there was nothing there but pure joy. Well, and Fraggle Rock. 

I'm too old to have experienced Fraggle Rock as a kid. Indeed, this is my first experience. But they can headbang as well as anyone else I've seen. This exurberant, bouncy tune!

"If you see Ben Folds Five, and you see Fraggles dancing around, and your day isn't exponentially happier, you're dead inside." - Chris Hardwick

Hot Panda - Shows I'm looking forward to


I've been seeing live music for 30 years now if you don't count Jeannie C. Riley at the Kentucky State Fair. I've seen a lot of music. A lot of great bands.

But one of the best, most polished, most compelling shows I've seen in Portland was Hot Panda playing at the Woods. Ah, the Woods, we barely knew ya!

Hot Panda was playing for a tiny crowd. There were maybe 25 people in the place.

We've all been to gigs where the band in question decides that there aren't enough people to entertain, and so they phone it in. Hot Panda is not that band.  They whipped that crowd into a frenzy.

And that's why I want to be sure that you know about Hot Panda.

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