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When: Sat., July 20, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $16-20
Ten years ago, Lifesavas released their first album, Spirit in Stone, and it remains a high-water mark of Portland hiphop. At the CD release party back in '03, the trio of Vursatyl, Jumbo, and Rev. Shines packed the Roseland to capacity, and it felt for a moment like Portland—along with its fertile but ultimately not particularly diverse music scene—might have more to offer the world than white guys toting guitars. Spirit in Stone was a deep, thought-provoking album that didn't dwell in darkness; it touched upon important themes without capsizing under its own weight, and fittingly for Portland, its hooks and beats were suited equally for both the club and the coffee shop. The Portland hiphop scene arguably hasn't topped that moment, and while Lifesavas have given the world so much more than that just that one sparkling record (such as 2007's Lifesavas joint Gutterfly and a number of solo projects), they've been absent from the scene as of late. Tonight they celebrate Spirit's 10th anniversary, and with the promise of another Lifesavas record—tentatively called IDentifi—on the way, it's looking like Portland hiphop still has a rich future ahead of it. NED LANNAMANN

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