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Live Review: Dan Deacon at Mississippi Studios, 5/7

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Dan Deacon has come a long way since his early days of gettin’ weird at warehouse shows and trolling regional NBC morning shows. The Baltimore-based MIDI composer’s mastery of cramming as many spazzy 8-bit tones as possible into your speakers has been the through line of hi...   More
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by PETE COTTELL

A New Lease

Matt Sharp revives the Rentals—but don’t expect it to end up like his old band.


Music Stories
If Weezer lost your love and affection after its divisive second record, Pinkerton, consider yourself in good company. The group’s original bassist, Matt Sharp, left the band in 1998 during a    More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Adventure Time

Two decades later, the band behind the music of Pete & Pete gets real.


Music Stories
Like many acclaimed cultural artifacts of the ’90s, Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete ended right as it hit its stride. Besides lasting only three seasons, then being decommiss   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Turquoise Jeep, Vinnie Dewayne, Maze Koroma


Music Stories
[FRAT-HOUSE TRAP] If the schlocky kegger rap of the Turquoise Jeep collective feels like a giant joke, what’s more absurd than the cheeseball approach to hip-hop standards of sex, drugs and sw   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Drank: Jacob Grier, Cocktails on Tap


Drank
One week, it seems every fashionable cocktail is supposed to include some defunct European digestif resurrected for obscurity’s sake, and the next it’s bacon-infused everything. So why’s i   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 PETE COTTELL

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
 

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