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Sleater-Kinney is no more. Direct from Sub Pop, "After 11 years as a band, Sleater-Kinney have decided to go on indefinite hiatus. The upcoming summer shows will be our last. As of now, there are no plans for future tours or recordings. We feel lucky to have had the support of many wonderful people over the years. We want to thank everyone who has worked with us, written kind words about us, performed with us, and inspired us."

Storm Large, frontwoman of Storm and the Balls, has landed a spot on the reality series Rock Star: Supernova. Last season, the remaining members of INXSauditioned new singers, ending up with some douchebag who used to work as an Elvis impersonator. This time Mötley Crüe's Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, and Gilby Clarke of Guns N' Roses fame have formed a super-group called—wait for this—Supernova, which will be... it... sorry, I just barfed all over my shirt... yeah, so they'll be looking for a singer to complete the "band." Says Storm, "I love my Balls, but I must take this amazing opportunity to thrill and frighten the world. I will do my darndest to represent Portland fucking Oregon, to kick as much ass as I can get my big ol' feet up to, and make you all proud." Rock Star: Supernova premieres Wednesday, July 5 on CBS.

Congrats to James Squeaky of Argumentix for launching his new record label, Below PDX Recordings. The first two releases on the label will be limited-edition 3-inch CD-Rs: an Argumentix/Squid Baby collab and Argumentix live at UC Davis. Type this: belowpdx.com

Were you at the Luminous Fog show last week? Alice Cooper was. I guess Alice was in town for a book signing and stayed for about 15 minutes until he was recognized.

Were you at the Watery Graves of Portland show last week at the Artistery? Alice Cooper wasn't and neither was drummer Adrian Orange but it was an amazing (short) set of jazzy non-jazz instrumental rock.

Anybody heard the new Inca Ore record yet? I've been listening to it nonstop for about two weeks now and can't get enough of the thing. It's a beautiful piece of free-folk and noise with spaced out percussion, ambient wilderness tones, wailing howls vis-à-vis dark and mysterious whispers, all rolling through more peaks and valleys than the Rockies and the Sierras combined. The Birds in the Bushes is out on 5RC on August 22.

Talk: adam@portlandmercury.com

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