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Scott Timberg, Culture Crash

You’re Kanye or you’re no one.


Books
Last November, Jack Conte of the California indie-pop duo Pomplamoose penned a blog post on the plight of the modern indie-rock band. “Being in an indie band,” Conte wrote, “is running a n   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Patton Oswalt, Silver Screen Fiend

The old fantasy about shovel-murdering George Lucas.


Books
There’s a bit in Patton Oswalt’s 2007 standup record, Werewolves and Lollipops, where he says his “geekiness is getting in the way of his nerdiness.” To casual fans who came Oswalt’s way v   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

NachoQuest

Don’t settle for subpar Super Bowl nachos.


Food Reviews & Stories
There’s a lot that can go wrong with nachos. An unfavorable ratio of chips to toppings, congealed cheese sauce, globs of brown guacamole, tough chicken—any of these moving parts can break,   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)


Album Reviews
[SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Drink Review: Sizzurp (Codeine and Crater Lake Soda)


Drank
For a certain sect of Southern rappers, cough syrup is a recreational pastime on par with mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby or Busch Light at the Indy 500. In Portland, it’s a medical necess   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately

Who wrote Holden Caulfield?


Books
When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL

24/5

The Pros and Cons of Portland’s five very different 24 Hour Fitness locations.


Health Issue
For a gangly emo kid from the Midwest, a trip to a gym in America’s fittest city is hell. If it weren’t for the fact that I spent my first year in Portland living in a van, I would’ve burn   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Joyce Manor, Toys That Kill, Drivers


Music Stories
[RITALIN ROCK] Between the preening of the Warped Tour and the made-for-Broadway schlock of Green Day’s American Idiot, it’s hard to argue that punk hasn’t taken several hard left turns to d   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Death From Above 1979


Music Stories
[NO-WAVE FUNK] Looking back on the flash-in-the-pan success of Death From Above 1979’s debut record, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, it’s hard to pin down what sort of precedent led to the To   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 PETE COTTELL

United Nations: Friday, Nov. 7

Geoff Rickly slaughters punk’s sacred cows—including himself.


Music Stories
United Nations’ Geoff Rickly is not to blame for emo’s crimes against humanity. Historians might use his old band, Thursday, as a punching bag for the punk subgenre’s unseemly shift from h   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 PETE COTTELL
 

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