Punk


Poly Styrene 1957-2011

We can confirm that the beautiful Poly Styrene, who has been a true fighter,  won her battle on Monday evening (4/25/11)  to go to higher places. Poly Styrene was born Marianne Elliot Said on June 3, 1957. She passed away due to cancer.

Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered, “Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!” The influence of Poly and X-ray Spex has been felt far and wide ever since. The seminal album Germ Free Adolescents is a landmark work and a primary influence on Britpop and Riot Grrrl. At the center of it was Poly Styrene, a bi-racial feminist punk with the perfect voice to soundtrack rebellion. Poly never sacrificed the intelligence or the fun in her music and style. Her trademark braces and dayglo clothes were a playful rejection of the status quo and of conformity and complacency. She dissected gender politics, consumer culture, and the obsessions of modern life in a way that made us all want sing along with her.

At the core of Poly’s work from Germ Free Adolescents through Generation Indigo, is a revolutionary with a genuine love for this world and the people and things in it. Her indomitable heart is all over the new material from her championing of cruelty free products and as she put it, "being conscious of the slaughterhouse culture" (“I Luv Ur Sneakers”) to giving voice to marginalized poor people worldwide (“No Rockefeller”) to tackling racism (“Colour Blind”). Poly Styrene never stopped exciting us with her incisive world-view, amazing wit, and her adventurous sound. It is impossible to imagine what modern music would be like without her incalculable contributions but it’s probably not worth imagining a world that never had Poly Styrene in it.

A thrilling work from a true pioneer and rebel in every sense, Poly Styrene’s album Generation Indigo is out today through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins).The album’s fusion of punk spirit, and fresh sounds has already received rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic from Spin, NPR, NME, MOJO and countless others. The forward looking Generation Indigo showcases Poly’s humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics all in the inimitable voice of a genuine icon. Listen to the full Generation Indigo record streaming on AOL Spinner.

Slightly Stoopid Announces Spring Tour Dates

Slightly Stoopid is on tour this spring with dates on both coasts and more than a few stops in between. In addition to headlining gigs at clubs and amphitheaters across the country, Slightly Stoopid will also play a number of high-profile spring festivals including The Hangout Music Festival on May 20 in Gulf Shores, AL; and Hookahville in Thornville, OH on May 29.

First up though, the band will host their annual 4/20 show in their home state of California. Set to take place on Wednesday April 20, 2011 at Los Angeles’ legendary Greek Theatre, Slightly Stoopid’s “420 At The Greek” show will help kick-off the Greek’s 80th anniversary celebration season. Joining Slightly Stoopid for this historic event will be none other than the legendary original Bad Brains and Jamaican dancehall icon Barrington Levy.

When not on the road, Slightly Stoopid has been hunkered down at the band’s headquarters in San Diego, hard at work on their seventh studio album. Just minutes from the surf and fully equipped with a half-pipe skate ramp, video game room and recording studio, it’s the perfect environment to spark the band’s creativity. Collaborating in the studio of late: G. Love, Cypress Hill, Don Carlos, Del the Funky Homosapien, Barrington Levy, Ian Neville, Collie Buddz and more. The album is expected late summer 2011.

Formed in 1995 in San Diego, CA’s Ocean Beach by childhood friends Miles Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), Slightly Stoopid has become one of the most influential and progressive improvisational musical outfits on the tour circuit. The band has sold over 750,000 albums and now releases all material on Doughty and McDonald’s own record label, Stoopid Records.

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Slightly Stoopid Tour Dates:

Wednesday, April 20 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA

Wednesday, April 27 Buster's Billiards & Backroom Lexington KY

Thursday, April 28 Valarium Knoxville TN

Friday, April 29 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis TN

Saturday, April 30 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK

Sunday, May 1 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

Wednesday, May 4 Simon Estes Amphitheater Des Moines IA

Thursday, May 5 The Venue in Fargo Fargo ND

Friday, May 6 First Avenue Minneapolis MN

Saturday, May 7 The Pageant St. Louis MO

Friday, May 13 Palladium Ballroom Dallas TX

Saturday, May 14 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston TX

Sunday, May 15 Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi TX

Friday, May 20 The Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores AL

Friday, May 27 Summercamp Chillicothe IL

Sunday, May 29 Hookahville Thornville OH

Thursday, September 29 - Monday, October 3 Rombello Cruise Tampa FL

Fishbone Embarking on 2011 Tour

On February 8th hyperactive punk/funk/ska legends Fishbone will embark on a 25 date cross-country tour including stops at the Aggie Theater in Fort Collins (Feb 10) and Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom  in Denver (Feb 11).

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the highly innovative and influential Los Angeles outfit. Perhaps the most original band to emerge in the early 80’, Fishbone went on to release over 10 albums and influence countless bands including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, Public Enemy, and Jane’s Addiction.

Complimenting the release of the 2010 documentary Everyday Sunshine- The Story of Fishbone, the boys have been back in the studio working on material for a to be announced new album set for release in 2011. Fishbone is a musical gem of the L.A. music scene, and paved the way for modern music. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of one of the most high-energy, genre-bending concerts you may see in your life!

Check out their website for a complete list of dates, and to purchase tickets.

Here’s a link to the Everyday Sunshine- The Story of Fishbone trailer.

Read Grateful Web's review of the Fort Collins show.

Echo & The Bunnymen Announce North American Tour

British post-punk legends Echo & The Bunnymen have announced the North American leg of their acclaimed Crocodiles & Heaven Up Here tour. The band will be playing those two legendary albums in their entirety. The UK leg of the tour saw the band play to rapturous sold out audiences. See a clip of them playing the Crocodiles track “Stars and Stars” at Liverpool’s Olympia here.

Echo & The Bunnymen toured North America last year in support of their acclaimed album The Fountain. They kicked off the run of dates with a thunderous performance at Coachella and stormed their way from coast to coast. Don’t miss the chance to see this legendary band perform two of their classic albums live!

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Echo & The Bunnymen 2011 North American Tour

5/9  Boston, MA  @ Paradise Club
5/11 Washington, DC @ 9.30 Club
5/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
5/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
5/16  Toronto, Canada  @ Phoenix Theatre
5/17  Chicago, IL  @ Vic Theatre
5/19  San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
5/20  Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock Casino
5/21 Los Angeles, CA  @ Club Nokia Theatre
5/22  Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues

Slightly Stoopid Announce East Coast Dates w/ Fishbone

Following their hugely successful and critically acclaimed Cauzin' Vapors... Legalize It 2010 US amphitheater tour with Cypress Hill, Steel Pulse, and Collie Buddz (where the band headlined to anywhere from 5,000 - 20,000 of their most loyal fans), San Diego-based dub/rock/psychedelic-jam phenoms Slightly Stoopid are gearing up for a run of one-off headlining shows where they'll be performing two nights at the legendary 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, as well as one night each at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, and the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ. The band will be taking along friends and legends Fishbone and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk as support for the quick run of dates.

Slightly Stoopid have spent the past few months recording and collaborating in their band-built San Diego studio with the likes of Cypress Hill, G Love, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, The Neville Brothers and more, in preparation for their upcoming full-length release, as well as other studio projects due out 2011 - 2012, and recently released the remix of hit song "No Cocaine" (from the band's celebrated 2008 album Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid), featuring legendary reggae star Capleton, out now on Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3.

Slightly Stoopid Live!

w/ Fishbone and Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
2/16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
2/17 Washington, DC 9:30 Club *
2/19 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
2/20 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues

* No Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk

Nightmares For A Week Announce Tour Dates

It all started out with a couple cases of beer, a back porch, and a few old friends. In the hot, muggy summer of 2008, longtime friends and former band mates Sean-Paul Pillsworth and Bill Manley decided it was time to pick up their dusty guitars and start writing music together again. It wasn't long until they recruited ex-Astronauts drummer Steve Markota, and the resulting chemistry was undeniable.

The trio played a packed hometown show, and in months they were traveling far from their native Kingston, NY, playing nearly every weekend. They kept getting called back, each time with bigger and more enthusiastic performances to match the crowds. A year went by so fast. They released their debut EP, A Flood Tomorrow, produced by studio pro John Naclerio (My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Polar Bear Club) at Nada Studios in New Windsor, NY. After releasing the CD on friend-run imprint Music for End Times, Naclerio signed the band to his own Broken English record label for digital distribution.

In June of 2010 the band reentered Nada Studios as free agents to record their full-length debut. In addition to a brand new album, the band also came out of the studio with a brand new label, Brooklyn-based Academy Fight Song. Their full-length entitled “Don’t Die” is out now. Nightmares for a Week will be touring the country in support of the new album, full US tour dates coming soon.

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Nightmares For A Week Live!

Jan 14 California Brew Haus Rochester, New York
Jan 15 The Tuscan Cafe Warwick, New York
Jan 21 Cravings Goshen, New York
Jan 22 Deer Park Community Center Deer Park, New York w/ Koji
Jan 28 King Killer Studios Brooklyn, New York
Feb 5 Bacchus New Paltz, New York
Feb 11 Valentine’s Albany, New York w/ Iron Chic
Feb 25 The Basement Kingston, New York w/ After the Fall
Feb 26 Valentine’s Albany, New York
Mar 1 The Saint Asbury Park, New Jersey
Mar 20 Trash Bar Brooklyn, New York

+ Full US Tour Dates Coming Soon!

The Attack Cover The Kinks' "Father Christmas"

Hey Scrooges, Grinches and Heat Misers, you don't have to be so pissed off at Christmas anymore. Orlando street-punk heroes The Attack have just released their rendition of The Kinks' classic Christmas tune "Father Christmas." You won't get stockings hung with care or sugar plum faries, it's more like machine guns, unemployment, and youth mobs runamuck through this Dark Christmas Anthem.

"We've always wanted to record this song and finally had an opportunity to do it, and releasing it this year seems appropriate." recalls The Attack's guitarist Brad Palkevich. "The songs content relfects a recession stricken England years ago, not too different from economic crisis going on all over the world today."

The new single was recorded during a quick trip into the studio to record a collaboration track for MC Lars' upcoming album, with help from producer Jami Roebuck in Orlando, and mixed by Tom Petta (Bigwig) at Bivouac Studios in New Jersey.

After a busy year supporting the release of their first album Of Nostalgia and Rebellion, The Attack are playing a handful of Southeast dates to round out the year before completing their next 7" due out Spring 2011.

The Attack Live!
December 4th @ The Firestone Orlando, FL w/ The Misfits
December 21st @ The Back Booth Orlando, FL w/ Go Rydel and How Dare You
January 7th @ The Social Orlando, FL w/ H2O, Comeback Kid, Casey Jones

Slightly Stoopid Perform at Austin City Limits

After a long run on their hugely successful and critically acclaimed Cauzin' Vapors... Legalize It 2010 US amphitheater tour with Cypress Hill, Steel Pulse, and Collie Buddz (where the band performed to anywhere from 5,000 - 20,000 of their most loyal fans), San Diego-based dub/rock/psychedelic-jam phenoms Slightly Stoopid are gearing up to perform at this year's renowned Austin City Limits festival in Austin, TX. Sharing the stage with some of the biggest names around, the band will perform alongside the likes of The Eagles, Phish, Muse, The Strokes, Norah Jones and more. Joining Slightly Stoopid on stage at this year's festival will be funky sax man Karl Denson (from Karl Denson's Tiny Universe / The Greyboy Allstars).

The band has also just announced that they've spent the past few months collaborating in their band-built home studio (equipped with video game room and skate ramp) with the likes of Cypress Hill, G Love, Barrington Levy, The Neville Brothers and more, all in preparation for their upcoming and brand new full-length release due Summer 2011. The band is also planning the upcoming remix of hit song "No Cocaine" (from the band's celebrated 2008 album Slightly Not Stoned Enough to Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid), featuring legendary reggae star Capleton, set for release November 2 on Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3.

Slightly Stoopid have recently logged some serious road miles as part of their annual Summer Amphitheater Tours. Since 2007, they have recruited Snoop Dogg, Stephen Marley, G. Love, Sly & Robbie and more on their colossal summer packages, and the band spent the past few months performing at some of the biggest festivals in the country, including dates at Lollapalooza, Denver's Mile High Festival, Outside Lands, the Blackwater Music Festival, Harmony Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest and more!

The Slightly Stoopid story can be traced to Ocean Beach, California, when childhood chums Miles and Kyle formed the group in 1995, mixing reggae and punk sounds into one smooth stylistic cocktail. Soon after, late/great Sublime frontman Brad Nowell caught wind of the group, and signed them to his Skunk Records label – while the band members were still in high school. A pair of releases soon followed for Skunk - 1996's punk-tinged SLIGHTLY STOOPID (featuring a guest appearance by Nowell on the song “Prophet” - later covered by Sublime and released on their box set, EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN) and 1998's surf-inspired cult classic THE LONGEST BARREL RIDE. Most recently, the band has continued their mainstream successes, seeing their last two albums, 2007's CHRONCHITIS, (which featured guest appearances by Guru of Gang Starr, Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys and G. Love) and 2008's SLIGHTLY NOT STONED ENOUGH TO EAT BREAKFAST YET STOOPID, charting in the Billboard Top 100, with both albums appearing on the band's own Stoopid Records.

To date, the band has sold over 750,000 records on their own label, has performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and has had their songs appear on hit television series' Scrubs, The O.C., Cribs, and more. Slightly Stoopid has also consistently been selling out venues and ampitheaters across the country for the past 3+ years and consistently appear on Pollstar's top grossing tours.

The Dresden Dolls Announce First Tour in 3 Years

After a long hiatus, The Dresden Dolls are thrilled to announce their first live tour in 3 years! The pioneering and influential "punk cabaret" duo comprised of Amanda Palmer (piano, vocals) and Brian Viglione (drums, guitar, bass) will be kicking off a few weeks of dates starting on Halloween at Irving Plaza in NYC. The date marks the exact 10th anniversary of the birth of the band (Viglione met Palmer on Halloween night of 2000, at an art/salon party at Palmer's house, at which she was playing her solo songs on piano.) "Amanda's songwriting was so brilliant and raw, I couldn't have designed a more perfectly suited counterpart. I knew then I'd found my musical accomplice.", says Viglione. They will also make a stop in New Orleans for a special gulf oil spill relief-benefit for BTNEP, an organization that is working to preserve, protect, and restore the Barataria and Terrebonne estuaries of Louisiana.

Since The Dolls' last performance (which was at Rock The Vote in DC on the Inauguration Day of President Obama), Palmer has been tirelessly busy building her solo career and online empire, centered around the 2008 release of her Ben Folds-Produced solo album "Who Killed Amanda Palmer". The album was accompanied by a hardback-book of the same name and included a collection of dead photographs of Palmer and short stores by author Neil Gaiman (to whom Palmer recently became engaged). Palmer also recently released a donation-based Radiohead covers ukulele EP titled "Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele", setting the tech community abuzz about how a donation-based model can earn a mid-level artist a living wage.  Before they embark on tour, Palmer will be starring as the Emcee in the American Repertory Theater’s production of Kander & Ebb's dark weimar musical "Cabaret". The production opened August 31, 2010 and runs through October 29. Many of the dates are already sold out. More information can be found HERE on A.R.T.'s site.

"The time apart has done nothing but given both of us an appreciation of how incredibly special and powerful our band is," says Palmer. "Our live musical chemistry is completely unique, almost magical, and we don't take that for granted. I can't wait to get on a stage with Brian again. Nobody hits the drums like that man - he's in a class all his own. And when we play together live, we create an entire world we can't otherwise create."

Meanwhile, drummer/producer and talented musical jack-of-all-trades Brian Viglione has appeared on 30 albums since 2008, most notably, Nine Inch Nails' "Ghosts I–IV". Viglione's latest hard-hitting album, "Face Of The Sun", which he produced and co-wrote, is available digitally via Bandcamp and will be featured on his new website , www.brianviglione.com. Amidst the busy recording and teaching schedule, he's toured internationally with The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Franz Nicolay, Black Tape For A Blue Girl, Martin Bisi, Botanica, and The Cliks.  "A great strength of the band has always been that we've always given each other time to explore creative areas outside The Dresden Dolls, then bring what we've learned back to the table. Our love for the music and playing together is mirrored by the continual support of our fans, and we're more than ready to deliver the goods to them."

The current wave of theatrical artists are citing The Dolls and their flamboyant emotional and theatrical antics as an inspiration, from up-and-coming theatrical-pop artist and Dolls’ fan Marina & The Diamonds to Lady Gaga (who lists The Dresden Dolls as an influence on her MySpace).

"It's been really inspiring to see an evolution towards theatrical freedom among indie bands over the last ten years", says Palmer. "When we were starting out in 2000, we were surrounded by the likes of The Vines and The Strokes. People often wrote us off as a gimmick because of our weird theatrical bent. Now we're surrounded by comrades...Antony, The Scissor Sisters, The Decembrists, Arcade Fire, CocoRosie, the list goes on and on. People aren't as afraid take risks onstage. It's inspiring, and I'm proud we've played our little part in the continuum of empowered freaky people."

Dates Are As Follows:

Oct 31 - NEW YORK CITY, NY@ Irving Plaza (w/ Surprise Guests)

Nov 12 - NEW ORLEANS, LA@ Tipitina's (w/ Jason Webley)

Nov 13 - ATLANTA, GA@ The Buckhead Theatre (w/ Lille)

Nov 14 - LEXINGTON, KY@ Buster's Billiards & Backroom (w/ Chico Fellini)

Nov 16 - ST. LOUIS, MO@ The Pageant (w/ Sleepy Kitty)

Nov 17 - CHICAGO, IL@ The Vic Theatre (w/ Mucca Pazza)

Nov 19th - DALLAS, TX@ Granada Theatre (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 20 - HOUSTON, TX@ Fitzgerald's (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 21 - AUSTIN, TX@ La Zona Rosa (w/ Girl In A Coma)

AM Taxi's Debut Album "We Don't Stand A Chance" Out Now

Gearing up for summer, AM Taxi is pumped to announce that their Virgin Records debut is available today! The band is part of iTunes’ ‘Next Big Thing’ and will be doing coast-to-coast dates through the summer via Warped Tour, making the Chicago-based band one of few to be invited on the nation-wide run prior to releasing an album. The band will also be in their hometown of Chicago performing at the Q101, Rolling Stone, and Beat Kitchen. More info below.
AM Taxi have been honing their live chops, recently finishing spring dates with Spill Canvas while their MySpace ‘Introducing’ profile debuted May 9th on the homepage of MySpace.com. You can watch the band’s fresh video for “Fed Up". “Our motto in the studio was, ‘If it ain’t broke, break it,’” explains frontman Adam Krier about recording We Don’t Stand A Chance. “We’d try things from every possible angle.”Recorded in Austin TX, AM Taxi’s polished first record features influences ranging from The Clash to Sublime to The Boss mixed with the group’s own contemporary punk-rock infusions and was produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Patty Griffin, Alberta Cross).
“We weren’t so interested in making a record that sounded current, as we were something that could be classic,” Krier says.

Chicago Performances:

June 8th
Special performance and signing at Rolling Stone in Chicago @ 6pm.
7300 West Irving Park Road, Norridge, IL
June 9th
Stop by one of the Chicagoland area Best Buy locations listed below and purchase AM Taxi's new CD and get a
wristband for entry to an intimate all ages performance at Beat Kitchen. 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago , IL
(available while supplies last).
BUTTERFIELD ROAD - 1432 BUTTERFIELD RD; DOWNERS GROVE
NAPERVILLE - 4400 E NEW YORK ST; YORKSHIRE PLAZA; AURORA
NO. AVENUE IL - 1000 W NORTH AVE; CHICAGO
BUCKTOWN - 2100 N ELSTON AVE; CHICAGO
CLARK ST IL - 2650 N CLARK ST; CHICAGO
KENNEDY EXP IL - 3300 W BELMONT AVE; CHICAGO
You can also tune into Q101 for the chance to win a wristband to attend the show.
WARPED TOUR DATES
June 25 - Home Depot Center - Carson, CA
June 26 - Shoreline Amphitheatre - Mountain View, CA
June 27 - Ventura Country Fairground At Seaside Park - Ventura, CA
June 29 - Cricket Pavilion - Phoenix, AZ
June 30 - N.M.S.U. Practice Field - Las Cruces, NM
July 1 - AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
July 2 - The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park - Houston, TX
July 3 - Superpages.com Center - Dallas, TX
July 5 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - St.Louis, MO
July 6 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre - Indianapolis, IN
July 7 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
July 8 -  Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH
July 9 -  Arrow Hall - Toronto, ON
July 10 - Parc Jean Drapeau - Montreal, QC
July 11 - Comcast Theater - Hartford, CT
July 13 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
July 14 - Darien Lake P.A.C. - Darien Center, NY
July 15 - Toyota Pavilion - Scranton, PA
July 16 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
July 17 - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY
July 18 - Monmouth Park Racetrack - Oceanport, NJ
July 20 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
July 21 - Virginia Beach Amphitheatre -Virginia Beach, VA
July 22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
July 23 - Vinoy Park - St. Petersburg, FL
July 24 - Cruzan Amphitheater - West Palm Beach, FL
July 25 - Firestone Amphitheatre @ The Lot - Orlando, FL
July 26 - Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood -  Atlanta, GA
July 28 - Riverbend Music Center - Cincinnati, OH
July 29 - Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
July 30 - Comerica Park - Detroit, MI
July 31 - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Tinley Park, IL
Aug 1 - Canterbury Park - Shakopee, MN
Aug 2 - Sandstone Amphitheatre - Bonner Springs, KS
Aug 5 - Northlands Grounds - Edmonton, AB
Aug 7 - Utah State Fairgrounds - Salt Lake City, UT
Aug 8 -  Invesco Field - Denver, CO
Aug 10 - Cricket Amphitheatre - San Diego, CA
Aug 11 - Pomona Fairplex - Pomona, CA
Aug 12 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA
Aug 12 - Idaho Center Amphitheatre - Nampa, ID
Aug 14 -  Gorge Amphitheater - George, WA
Aug 15 - Washington County Fairgrounds - Hillsboro, OR