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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Cécile McLorin Salvant
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  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
Another week, another music section that's full of our tastiest recipes—although the news that Kelis "Milkshake" Rogers now has her own cooking show has forced us back into the Mercury test kitchen. (You can clear the yard now, boys.)

• We talked with MusicfestNW Executive Director Trevor Solomon about the big changes in store for this year's MFNW—more specifically, the paring down of the fest to a two-day, 18-band event at the Portland Waterfront.

• The Portland Jazz Festival kicks off this week, and if you're looking for jazz's living, breathing cutting edge, look no further than astonishing singer Cécile McLorin Salvant for some high voltage.

Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek is not much for interviews, but he's damn solid at songwriting.

• Canadian punks Propagandhi have a lot on their minds, with their social consciousness bleeding outside of their music into other formats like podcasting.

• Like the sound that electric guitars make? You'll like Cheatahs.

• Plus a few scoops' worth of this week's Up & Coming shows.


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