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Live Review: Death Cab for Cutie at Edgefield, 7/8


There was a brief moment in the mid-2000s when this tiny band from a quaint college town in Washington named Death Cab for Cutie threatened to become the Most Important Band In America. Spin featured the group in a cover story that touted the quartet as the “next R.E.M.” They were even name-checked on The O.C. as the favorite band of the show’s resident emotive over-thinker, Se...   More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by PETE COTTELL

MFNW Preview: Milo Greene

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Whether it was their intention to create a festival-ready powerhouse or not, the four college friends who comprise Milo Greene are most definitely bound for greatness. Full-on democracy can make even    More
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Live Review: Death Grips at Roseland Theater, 6/21

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At the ripe age of 31, I’m old enough to have a working knowledge of the ‘90s “Loudness War” and its effect on modern pop music. I remember where I was when news of Kurt Cobain’s death broke (at a Taco Bell adjacent to a Coconut’s Music, fittingly). I also remember what a revelation it was when Nirvana got huge for streamli...   More
Monday, June 22, 2015 by PETE COTTELL

Festival Review: The Sasquatch Superlatives

The best things we saw and heard at the annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza.

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While Sasquatch remains the most mellow of the upper-tier North American gatherings, each passing year finds the festival at odds with the region’s formerly rockist tendencies, casting the widest net possible in hopes of getting anyone and everyone in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on the grass with a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita in their hands. Plenty of bands who make a ruckus with guitar, ba...   More
Friday, May 29, 2015 by PETE COTTELL

Top Five Crucial Buys For Sasquatch

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1. Flannel The biggest rookie mistake is not packing the appropriate layers. Grab a Pendleton or Woolrich buffalo plaid for high fashion in the high desert of the Gorge, which gets quite chilly a   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 PETE COTTELL

5 Terrible Mad Max Remakes You Should See


With the popularization of “post-apocalyptic epic” to his credit, it’s hard to not wonder why director George Miller held the rights to his Mad Max series so tightly after it became a commercial and critical smash in the early '80s. Rather than water down the franchise with one lousy sequel after the next, Miller waited 30 years to give fans the fourth installment in    More
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by PETE COTTELL

Divers: Portland's Best New Band 2015

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POINTS: 122  FORMED: 2010 SOUNDS LIKE: Bruce Springsteen and Paul Westerberg took over as the house band at a blue-collar bar somewhere in the Rust Belt—then robbed the bar, ran from th   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 PETE COTTELL

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


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.

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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.

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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
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