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Bergenfest 2017 – Day 1: Tove Lo, Store P, Zara Larsson, Gabrielle, Karpe Diem

View of Bergen from plane

Our American reader Shelby Dennis is visiting Norway and the music festival Bergenfest for the first time! (Read her pre-trip interview to find out what all she plans to do.) She’s graciously sharing her trip via the Nordic Spotlight Instagram account, and we’re compiling her posts over the next few days here on for everyone enjoy […]

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Cult Of Luna (SE) @ Star Theater

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Cult of Luna descended upon Portland’s Star Theater last night and their performance was nothing short of gargantuan. Seven strong onstage, the Umeå band’s sound was massive, with polyrhythms and wailing synthesizers getting beaten to a pulp by the three guitar attack and Johannes Persson’s guttural wails. Here’s a little visual evidence of Cult of Luna’s greatness. […]

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Jenny Hval (NO) @ Mississippi Studios

Jenny Hval @ Mississippi Studios

Jenny Hval performed one of the best live sets I’ve seen all year last night at Portland’s Mississippi Studios. The Oslo-born artist beautifully balanced the constraints of the pop concert with modern theatrical performance. And unlike her bold show at Øya Festival, she did it all using only the aid of a musical accompanist. She moved in a […]

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Insomnium + Omnium Gatherum (FI) Live @ Hawthorne Theatre (photos)

Omnium Gatherum Live

Our necks are sore from headbanging and our throats are sore from chanting and our arms are a little stiff from firing our devil horns into the air. But it was totally worth it. Two of Finland’s longest running melodic death metal bands—Insomnium and Omnium Gatherum—descended upon Portland’s Hawthorne Theatre last night and proceeded to […]

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