Another week, another Mercury
music section unimpeded by the government shutdown—but first things first! The first-ever Chili Jamboree
is happening this Sunday, and it includes chili from 10 of Portland's best chefs, plus great country music from Lucero, Sturgill Simpson, Daniel Romano, Shelby Earl, and Mission Spotlight. In other words, the GREATEST Sunday of all time, so don't miss it! Here's lots more info
about all the meaty, beany, spicy goings-on, and get tickets here
before they're all gone.
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Musician Dave Depper
honored us by taking time out of his busy schedule of flying around inside an animated dreamland
to inform us about all the wonderful Pet Shop Boys
music we've been missing out on. Thank you, Dave.
• • •The Stranger
's super-cool music editor, Emily Nokes
, wrote this superb piece on Chastity Belt
, the band you might know from that dumb BuzzFeed list of awkward band photos. But have you actually heard
Chastity Belt? You have not. They are awesome. Thank you, Emily.
• • •Old Light
is speedily wrapping up their incredibly ambitious, yearlong, five-cassette project, and the excellent Ryan White
climbed to the top of a mountain with the band's Garth Klippert to talk about it. Well, not a mountain, exactly. A mount
. Mount Tabor, to be exact. It sort of counts. Thank you, Ryan.
• • •Ryan J. Prado
does not speak Dutch, but he intrepidly interviewed Dutch musician Jacco Gardner
, who makes exquisite baroque pop. Thank you
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And a full week's supply of Up & Coming