The Chronic (Pain): Five Edibles I Ate to Self-Medicate

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Last August, I fractured my wrist and tore some cartilage in my hand. The particularly shitty thing about this kind of injury is that it can take months to heal—in my case, the estimated recovery time is about a year—and there’s hardly anything I can do about it, other than physical therapy exercises, hefty doses of ibuprofen, and guided meditation podcasts (to help deal with the spontaneous rage that comes from constant discomfort). These days, the pain comes and goes, but when it’s here, it’s hellish; sometimes it shoots up my forearm like sparks off a live wire, and sometimes it’s dull, like there’s an evil little snake constricting my wrist. Having a desk job hasn’t helped, and the winter months have been especially brutal (I finally get why old people migrate to Florida). I’ve had some dark moments, like when the 127 Hours amputation scene didn’t seem like such a bad idea.

Over the first couple of months, I unconsciously began drinking more to help distract myself from how much it hurt. But I’m from a family of Irish alcoholics, so that seemed like a dangerous road to continue down. I was hesitant about becoming dependent on any substance—self-medicating makes me nervous—but needed some way to subdue the pain. I decided to try edibles, because I could closely monitor and control the dosage. Plus, a lot of the products on the cannabis market are specifically crafted for people with chronic pain. I knew what I wanted: something I could take right after work, since my wrist would be tired from typing all day, that would give me a light body high without making me too loopy or sleepy. These are five of the edibles I tried, ranked in order of how well they met these qualifications.

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Tarukino’s Cannabis Waters are Making Their Way to Oregon This Summer

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It’s a brave new weed world, especially here in Oregon, which has taken to legalization like a duck to water. And speaking of water, a Seattle company has found a way to put weed’s effects into liquid form.

Thanks to voters all over the country passing legal weed measures, we’re seeing new companies bringing all kinds of cannabis-based products out of the shadows and into the light of the market, including edibles, topicals, and more. And one of them, Tarukino, based in Seattle, is aiming to bring their line of get-you-high liquids to the Portland market sometime this summer—and they’re doing it by chemically stripping out the terpenes from the THC found in cannabis.

Terpenes, according to Tarukino’s Janson Lander, are what give you the munchies and red eyes. They’re also the ingredients that give cannabis its smell and taste. Tarukino’s process, Lander says, was achieved by Juan Ayala, an MIT-trained chemist who formed the company with Michael DeLance and CEO Howard Lee before bringing their first product to the Washington and Colorado markets in January of 2017.

Lander won’t say how it’s done, other than the process involves centrifuges to spin the terpenes out of the THC, but he did offer this:

“We’re using plant extracts as our source for THC and CBD,” Lander says. “We isolate the oil droplets on a very small scale and then make them water compatible, resulting in a uniform and homogeneous distribution. We do not use solvents or co-solvents.”

What resulted is Tarukino’s ability to create ciders, sparkling wines, and soda waters that will stone the people who drink them, sans the taste and smell that other cannabis-delivery vehicles, like edibles, often possess. And because they know everyone’s tolerance is different, the Tarukino team offers drinks with different and precise measurements of THC.

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Portland’s Homeless Advocates are Hesitant to Support a New Shelter

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KENNETH HUEY

On April 10, a group of Portland developers unveiled plans for what looks like a bright-green circus tent under the west end of the Broadway Bridge.

By the end of the 2018, developer Homer Williams promised, the structure will be up and running as a “navigation center” for Portland’s homeless population. Along with providing short-term housing for up to 100 adult men, the facility will act as a kind of triage center for those looking for a way out of homelessness. Mayor Ted Wheeler said the city would donate the property, which is currently owned by Prosper Portland, while Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle promised to donate $1.5 million to Oregon Harbor of Hope, the homelessness nonprofit overseen by Williams, to bankroll the building’s construction.

Unlike Multnomah County’s current temporary shelters, which are located in privately-owned buildings, this new facility will have no set closure date—making it the city’s first permanent shelter run on public land and using private funds. But while everyone who works with Portland’s homeless population welcome new solutions (and funding), the property’s rocky past and mysterious future have made advocates cautious to fully embrace the project.

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Eight Reasons to Stop Whining and Love Record Store Day

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Record Store Day returns this weekend—Saturday, April 21—and while the retail holiday continues to earn sour-grape scorn from some quarters, it remains a really fun time for the majority of kind, reasonable record buyers. (Don't be like the haters. Enjoy yourself, damn it!) Local stores like Everyday Music, Music Millennium, Jackpot Records, and Tender Loving Empire have events and performances planned throughout the day; meanwhile, your best bets for scoring the day's exclusive vinyl are at downtown's 2nd Avenue Records, who have the best prices, and Music Millennium, who stock the most titles.

We're very excited about a few releases this year. Here's what's on our shopping list:

Wipers, Live at the Met, December 31, 1982—Recorded in Portland and released by Jackpot Records, this is a document of one of Portland's two most important bands (the other being Dead Moon) at their rawest and realest.

Pink Floyd, Piper at the Gates of Dawn (MONO)—The original and significantly different mono mix of Pink Floyd's 1967 debut is still a rarity. (It briefly made a vinyl reappearance in a 1997 reissue.) This replica of the original album release, complete with Syd Barrett's wonderfully daffy psychedelic classics and the flipback-style album jacket, comes in a psychedelic slipcase with a poster. It's purest Record Store Day bait, and I'm biting.

Baby Huey, The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend (2-LP)—The only album by gritty soul singer James Ramey came out in 1971, a few months after his untimely death at 26. While it's been reissued several times over the years and taken on its deserved status as a classic, this RSD edition purports to be directly mastered from the analog tapes and includes a second disc of instrumentals, a fitting addition for an album that's been sampled in countless hiphop tracks.

Thelonious Monk, Monk—There are a lot of good jazz reissues to pick up, including one from Ornette Coleman, several from Sun Ra, and a mid-'80s 12-inch from Miles Davis that should probably be avoided, but since I can't afford everything, I'll reserve my dollars for this 1964 set from Monk, a cool, smoky session from the pianist at the height of his powers. It's been reissued before, but I still don't have one.

David Bowie, Welcome to the Blackout (3-LP)—A complete live set recorded in London in 1978, this comes from the same "Isolar II" tour that resulted in Bowie's Stage album. Bowie nuts are gonna need to bring this one home on Saturday. A few other, less essential Bowie titles are making their way to RSD shelves as well, including a promo compilation, a neat demo version of "Let's Dance," and a colored vinyl reissue of his 1967 debut album, but this live one is the must-have.

David Axelrod, Song of Innocence—A perfume-scented psychedelic classic, David Axelrod's 1968 album is an unexpected 27-minute concoction of rock, jazz, and orchestral sounds. Featuring members of the Wrecking Crew, it's a reminder of a time when the record biz really was adventurous, and crazy studio extravaganzas like this were possible. Originals are not impossible to come by, but they are pricey, so it'll be nice to have this one easily accessible.

Neil Young, Roxy - Tonight's the Night Live (2-LP)—A previously unreleased live album from 1973, this finds Young and his tequila-fueled cohort running through the first draft of his classic Tonight's the Night album during a multi-night run that also marked the grand opening of LA's Roxy nightclub. I've heard bootlegs from this era and they are sloppily fantastic. Like the David Axelrod album, this is an "RSD First" release, which means that it will continue to be available after the shops close on Saturday.

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Curved Air, Airconditioning (picture disc)—I'm a little torn on this one. Picture discs sound like total garbage, and Record Store Day's worst tendency is to put out readily available albums in collectible, shitty-sounding picture-disc format. But the 1970 debut album from this adventurous, violin-flavored English prog group was originally released only as a picture disc—the first picture disc ever, as a matter of fact—and while it didn't sound very good then, maybe this modern replica sounds kinda okay? Or maybe it's better just to scour the used bins for one of the numerous post-1970 black-vinyl reissues.

Eric Clapton, Rush (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, featuring "Tears in Heaven")—Just kidding.

If picking up an armful of newly pressed vinyl isn't your thing, be aware that for Record Store Day, all Everyday Music locations are having a big sale on CDs (20 percent off new, 50 percent off used), and Turn Turn Turn is selling around 1,000 used albums and 12-inches—funk, soul, and disco stuff, mostly—out on their sidewalk for a buck a piece. Meanwhile, Beacon Sound will be offering a very select amount of RSD titles coming from independent labels, while also putting out lots of used vinyl for the day and offering 20 percent off titles on their own label. And lovely Kenton shop Speck's Records and Tapes has some festivities planned, while Tanner Goods is holding a pop-up with a live performance and DJ sets.

Or stay home and grouse. It's up to you. Happy Record Store Day, everybody else!


Lauryn Hill Is Bringing Her Miseducation Tour to Portland

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Earlier this week, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lauryn Hill announced that she’ll be embarking on a 29-date North American tour this summer, including a stop in Portland on Wednesday, September 12 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The tour—and I’m trying not to cry tears of joy as I type this—celebrates the 20-year anniversary of her phenomenal solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and Hill will reportedly play the ENTIRE ALBUM IN FULL at each of the shows.

Assuming she actually shows up, that is.

After chart success with the Fugees, Miseducation is Hill’s only solo studio album. Released in 1998, the project won five Grammys, including one for Album of the Year, making it one of only two hip-hop records to receive that honor.

While Hill certainly has a shitty track record of being punctual or just flat-out canceling shows, she wasn’t irrevocably late when she brought her “MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!” tour to the Keller Auditorium in November 2016.

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Frankie Cosmos' New Album Sounds Like One Long Poem Set to Music

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Vessel, the latest album from Frankie Cosmos (AKA singer/songwriter Greta Kline), sounds like one long poem set to music. Kline’s been playing music since she was a teenager, and released her debut studio album, 2014’s Zentropy, when she was just 19. But she’s worn her youth uncomfortably. “I heard about being young,” she sings on “Young” (from her 2015 EP Fit Me In), “but I’m not sure how it’s done.”

Kline developed a cultish following for the lo-fi bedroom recordings she shared on Bandcamp, which both reinforced and rejected the expectations surrounding teen girlhood. At 24, on Vessel Kline already sounds like a jaded veteran rocker: “Looking around at 22/And so tired of myself around you/Maybe I don’t fit your ideals anymore/Or maybe I just grew up into a bore,” she sings on “Apathy.” Throughout the album, Kline’s existential lyrics reflect the pain and awkwardness of living in an earthly body. The songs are less twee than the ones on Zentropy, though they’re still super-short (there are 18 tracks on the new LP, and most are under two minutes long).

On Vessel Kline flexes her inimitable songwriting muscles, and the result is still as painstakingly detailed and intimate as any of her earlier releases. When the Mercury asked Kline what it’s like to play these songs to a crowd, she responded, “Sometimes scary and bad, but sometimes healing and chill.” For this visit, she’ll be joined by keyboardist Lauren Martin, bassist Alex Bailey, and drummer Luke Pyenson. If Vessel is Kline at 24, I’m looking forward to the years to come—her take on growing and aging as a woman is uniquely honest.


Cannabis and Race: How Imperialism Almost Erased the History of Our Favorite Plant

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Jason Sturgill

Cannabis history is nearly as long as the history of human civilization, but unlike other agricultural products, the story of weed has often been shrouded in the dark. This is true especially in America, where cannabis’ legacy has long been connected with our country’s institutionalized racism. It’s time for this to change, and a look at cannabis history reveals—perhaps unsurprisingly—that it’s in many ways instrinsically tied to the histories of Black people and other people of color, and therefore something that demands closer study, especially since it doesn’t appear in any of the usual history books.

In 2014, University of Kansas professor Barney Warf published a paper called “High Points: An Historical Geography of Cannabis” in the Geographical Review academic journal, revealing how, even from early days, the shifting borders and population movements caused by imperialism and war affected the history of weed.

Warf writes that cannabis—first grown in central Asia, where it then spread to Arab countries, India, and Southeast Asia—was initially brought to Africa by Arab merchants into places like Egypt and Ethiopia by the 13th century. Known as dagga, its use spread down the continent, and records show it was used by Indian indentured laborers in South Africa for centuries. Cannabis didn’t become widespread in western parts of Africa until World War II, when it was introduced by soldiers serving in the British and French armies. (For this discussion, we are speaking of cannabis used for consumption, and not the plant used for industrial purposes. Please don’t email me diatribes about rope and sails, hemp-os.)

In the 19th century, the British brought 1.5 million indentured laborers from India to the Caribbean, who also brought along their ganja.

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An Exclusive (Stolen) Page from James Comey's New Book!

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Last week marked the long-awaited publication of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, the memoir by James Comey, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Comey’s book promises shocking information and striking insights about the administration of President Donald J. Trump—as seen in this page from an advance copy of the book, stolen exclusively by the Portland Mercury. —Eds.

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One Day at a Time: No One Wants to Hire Trump Supporters (Boo-hoo-hoo!)

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MARLOWE DOBBE
THURSDAY, APRIL 12

It’s wrong to celebrate the failures of others... unless, of course, they’re Donald Trump supporters! According to Deadspin, an American boxer by the name of Rod Salka fought Mexican fighter Francisco Vargas tonight... and why should you care? Because Salka wore a pair of “America 1st” shorts, decorated to look like a brick wall. (Even ignoring the anti-immigrant rhetoric, they looked horrific.) However, you’ll be happy to learn that Mexico’s Vargas mercilessly pounded this hateful and poorly dressed butthole for seven rounds until Salka eventually quit the fight in disgrace. (Just like Trump will do in say... three months, we hope?) MEANWHILE... As we know, the Trump administration is in near-constant chaos, with the Prez either firing or chasing off a large portion of his staff. But their misery doesn’t end there—because as it turns out, no one wants to hire an icky former Trump loyalist. According to Buzzfeed, many companies are simply refusing to hire people formerly employed by the Trump White House “because of the ‘reputational risk’ associated with it.” YESSSSSSSS. Enjoy the unemployment line, choads!

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Here’s a tweet you don’t want to hear from a president right before he launches missiles at Syria: “James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR!” To the heavy sighs of everyone, Trump spent much of today rage-tweeting at the world after hearing choice selections from the fired FBI director’s new book, A Higher Loyalty. “He is an untruthful slimeball,” Trump tweet-screeched, “who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI.” So, what kind of “untruthful slimeball” remarks did Comey make? Other than pointing out that the president appears “slightly orange with bright half-moons under his eyes” (yeah, we noticed), and that he’s “unethical and untethered to truth” (yep, knew that too), Comey didn’t dismiss the existence of the holy grail of the Trump investigation: THE PEE TAPE. In fact, Comey says that the president asked him to disprove the Steele dossier’s accusation of an alleged golden showers party that included Trump, a bunch of sex workers, and at least one of Russia’s blackmail cameras. In short, Comey’s book doesn’t hold many surprises. So if we were Trump, instead of Twitter-screaming, we’d take a subtler approach, like, “Hey James! Thanks again for helping me beat Crooked Hillary. Cool book! They should get Bull from Night Court to play you in the movie!”

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KATU Gets a Big Shoutout on SE Hawthorne

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Erik Henriksen

Portland TV station KATU got a shoutout this morning on the corner of SE 16th and Hawthorne, where a massive banner—assembled from bedsheets, safety pins, and spray paint—covered the front of the three-story-tall Warnell Apartments building.

Located on a major commuting thoroughfare and next to two busy stops for TriMet's 14 bus line, the message has gotten plenty of attention since it was found around 6 am.

"I don't know who did it and will remove it at my earliest convenience," property manager Martin Connolly tells the Mercury.

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The red diamond logo of Portland TV station KATU hangs above the spray-painted text, which echoes the phrasing of the Orwellian script that conservative telecommunications company Sinclair Broadcast Group recently forced its stations, including KATU, to read on the air. (You saw Deadspin's creepy video.) "Unfortunately, some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control 'exactly what people think,'" read one of the lines in that script. "This is extremely dangerous to a democracy."

At the time, KATU declined to comment about their participation, even to their local news partners.

Connolly noted he had yet to receive any complaints from either outside or inside the Warnell.

"Not one word!" he says. "I thought for sure I would have received a call by now, but nothing. We are a neighborhood of bar patrons, however, so perhaps you and I are the only ones awake."

Then again: "Weird shit happens on that corner every day," Connolly adds, "so maybe people think this is just par for the course."


Good Morning, News: Puerto Rico Blackout, Portland Baseball Lobbyists, and (Actual) Babies in the Senate

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View of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico during an island-wide power outage. Jose Jimenez / Getty Images

Good morning, Portland!

I'm spending the day in federal court to watch Portland's annual check-in with the U.S. Department of Justice on changes the police bureau has made (or hasn't) since a 2012 investigation found Portland police engaged in excessive force against people with mental illnesses. Follow along! It should be an interesting day.

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Order Up: A Burgerville store in Gladstone has become the second in Portland to apply for an official union vote after Burgerville failed to recognize its union. "It's willful disregard for our rights," an employee told the Mercury.

A Good Neighbor: Remember when plans to build a Trader Joe's at the corner of NE Martin Luther King and Alberta kicked off a massive, necessary discussion about gentrification in North Portland? Now, five years after community pushback halted the plan, a Natural Grocers is popping up in the same spot. But this time, it looks like the grocery chain has done its homework.

Running On Empty: Turns out the former director of the Portland Marathon has illegally borrowed more than $865,000 from the nonprofit that operates the event.

Sad Lungs! An American Lung Association report includes four Oregon cities in its annual list of the 50 top air polluting cities in the country. Portland ranks 32nd.

Covering Bases: You might have heard that a group of developers are interested in bringing Major League Baseball to Portland—and have even placed bids on a couple properties that could hold a stadium. According to the Oregonian, they've also spent some time throwing money at City Hall electeds (at least $30,000, to be precise).

Puerto Rico, Still in Crisis: Puerto Rico has been hit with the second island-wide power outage in a week—the largest since Hurricane Maria tore through across the island seven months ago.

Heartless: It looks like Satanic Keebler Elf Jeff Sessions doesn't believe domestic violence should be a legal justification for an immigrant seeking asylum in the US.

Baby Steps: The US Senate voted yesterday to allow infants (under the age of 1) on the chamber floor. This decision was prompted by the birth of Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth's child earlier this month, making her the first Senator to give birth while serving in the Senate. [Insert joke about how the Senate is already run by a bunch of babies here.]

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Former FBI Investigator Testifies Against Portland's Joint Terrorism Task Force

Michael German speaking at the JTTF discussion Tuesday night.
Michael German speaking at the JTTF discussion Tuesday night. Doug Brown

Former FBI Investigator Michael German spoke at city council this morning against Portland's continuing participation in the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a collaboration between Portland Police and the FBI that he says infringes on civil liberties. The city rejoined the task force—a partnership between various levels of law enforcement meant to take action against terrorism—in 2015 after leaving the agreement in 2004.

Portland's participation in the JTTF includes the assignment of two full-time officers to the task force who share local information with the FBI.

German's comments at the council meeting followed a panel discussion put on by the Oregon division of the American Civil Liberties Union last night, where he joined other panelists who had been affected by FBI monitoring of their communities, including Brandon Mayfield, a Muslim attorney who was wrongfully arrested by the FBI in connection with an attack in Madrid in 2004. Mayfield arrest likely played a role in the end of Portland's involvement with the JTTF back in 2005.

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A Second Portland Burgerville Store Will Vote to Unionize

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Tyler Gross

Employees at a second Portland Burgerville store are charging forward with plans to get Burgerville management to recognize their union.

This afternoon, a group of employees from the fast food chain's Gladstone location (at SE McLoughlin and Glen Echo) will file a request with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to hold an official union election. This action comes four days before employees at Burgerville's NE 92nd and Powell location will vote on their own unionization, adding fuel to the years-long, dual-state push by the Burgerville Workers Union to be heard by Burgerville execs.

Burgerville has refused to voluntarily recognize the union, which is why these stores have to hold a vote in the first place.

According to Stefan Stackhouse, who's worked at the Gladstone store for a little over a year, this decision comes on the heels of mounting retaliation from store management who oppose unionization.

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It's the Mercury's Weed Issue! (Because the Second Most Fun Thing to Do with Cannabis Is READ About It)

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Jason Sturgill

It's almost 4/20, and because we are a newspaper staffed by responsible grownups, we did a whole entire Weed Issue!

This isn't the first time the Mercury's devoted pages upon pages of content to cannabis. In what's become an annual, April-20-adjacent tradition, the Portland Mercury's Weed Issue has become the funnest and bestest way to read about what we're smoking, vaping, eating, and rubbing on our skin. (Because there are cannabis topicals now, you see. We're not just being weird.)

So take a gander at this jam-packed Weed Issue, either on old-fashioned ink-stainy newsprint, or by using the magic of pixels and electricity to absorb its dopey, green goodness. Here's what's inside:

Cannabis and Race
How Imperialism Almost Erased the History of Our Favorite Plant

Weed in the Water
Tarukino's Cannabis Waters Are Making Their Way to Oregon

The Chronic (Pain)
Five Edibles I Ate to Self-Medicate

Vape Up or Ship Out
Evaluating Two of Our Favorite Vaporizers

Come to the Source
Make Your Own Cannabis Extract at Home

Let's Get Stoned with Bilbo and Chewbacca!
Pipe-Weed, Death Sticks, and Other Made-Up Drugs

A Potpourri of Cannabis Product Reviews
Get It? Pot-pourri? Eh? Eh?

Leafly's Guide to Cannabis Is Dope
Finally a Pot Primer Worth Recommending

"Don't Be Concerned. It Will Not Harm You."
Tips to Take the Edge Off When You're Too High

A Cannabis Crash Course in Cinema
Feed Your Stoned Brain with These Nutzoid Films

There's news, tips, reviews, history, and maybe some sorta dumb stuff that we thought was a good idea when we were high. In other words, it's the Portland Mercury Weed Issue—so get to readin', potheads!


Here Are Five Can't-Miss Artists Performing at This Year's Soul'd Out Music Fest

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The ninth annual Soul’d Out Music Fest is drawing some of the best R&B, blues, hip-hop, and soul musicians from around the globe to Portland’s stages. The lineup is jam-packed with highlights, but here are the Mercury’s five can’t-miss artists for this year’s festival.



ERYKAH BADU

Since dropping her debut album Baduizm in 1997, Erykah Badu has flummoxed, aggravated, and confounded critics and fans alike. After helping to pioneer the “neo-soul” sound, which she quickly disowned, Badu has gone further off in different directions, exploring new sounds and pushing sonic envelopes, challenging both herself and her listeners. Not only has her solo output been consistently brilliant throughout her two-decade career, her collaborations have a Midas quality—she regularly brings out the best work in other artists. Though Badu is one of the most innovative and original musicians of all time, she has also been something like our troublesome auntie, the one who’s liable to say some wild shit at the dinner table and embarrass us. Her mind, like her music, exists in a realm entirely of its own, but we love her all the more for it. SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY Wed April 18 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway

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