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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

Trial By Fire

The Growlers learn you can’t go home again—especially after your home burns to the ground.


Music Stories
There comes a time in every young punk’s life when it’s time to abandon the squat and move on to bigger ventures. For Orange County’s the Growlers, that decision did not come voluntarily.    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 PETE COTTELL

The Book Of Genesis

How Sega Genesis almost upset the mighty Super Nintendo—and what went wrong.


Culture Features
The 16-bit era was arguably the most competitive in the history of console gaming, with everyone from Commodore computer to arcade kingpin Neo Geo taking on Nintendo. Among the challengers, onl   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Live Review: Merchandise at Mississippi Studios, Oct. 3

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Perhaps I was mistaken about Merchandise.  If Friday’s sparsely-attended show at Mississippi Studios was any indication, maybe they are a punk band after all—in the pejorative sense at the very least. Led by the antics of slightly toasted singer/guitarist Carson Cox, these guys...   More
 
Monday, October 6, 2014 by PETE COTTELL

Merchandise: Friday, Oct. 3

Take your punk rock and shove it.


Music Stories
Merchandise is not a punk band. The orchestral swells and chiming acoustic guitars that welcome listeners to new album After the End should make that obvious. But the Internet hype machine continu   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Laughing Horse Books Is Closing

The D.I.Y. bookstore and show space goes out with one final concert this Friday.

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The Portland D.I.Y. scene suffers yet another loss: Laughing Horse Book and Film Collective (12 NE 10th Ave) closes its doors for good this Friday. Ownership could not be reached for comment, but they did release an official statement regarding the lefty bookstore and all ages show-space's closure via Facebook on Monday ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by PETE COTTELL

Secrets of the Mermaid

The Starbucks underground is ruining baristas’ lives.


Coffee Guide
Even in Portland, there are people who care deeply about Starbucks. Like, really care. Sure, the Seattle chain’s ham-fisted Big Brother approach to one of our city’s most precious commodities    More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 PETE COTTELL

24-Hour Grind

Spending all day and night in the Portland coffee shop that never closes.


Coffee Guide
If Starbucks is the “third place” between business and home, as plugged by CEO Howard Schultz, then the open-24-hours Southeast Grind at 1223 SE Powell Blvd. is a “fourth place”—a have   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 PETE COTTELL
 

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