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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


Top 5
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

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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


Best New Band
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

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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


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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.


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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
 

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