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MusicfestNW 2014: EMA

Erika M. Anderson fills the void of the internet era with noise—and fake palm trees.


MFNW 2014
Considering her predilection for unironic lyrics about “the innerwebz,” one would think the harsh binary static that opens The Future’s Void is Erika M. Anderson’s nihilistic anti-statemen   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW 2014: How I learned to Stop Hating Pop and Start Loving Haim.

How I learned to stop hating pop and start loving Haim.


MFNW 2014
I never thought I had it in me to appreciate Haim. Like most bored Midwestern kids born in the ’80s, I found punk rock at a young age and presumed that the part of my brain capable of apprecia   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Introducing: U SCO


Music Stories
Who: Ryan Miller (guitar), Jon Scheid (bass), Phil Cleary (drums). Sounds like: Steve Albini, Rick Froberg and Damon Che soundtracking a disjointed art film about speed freaks careening through t   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Maine Lobster Roll: The State Where Even McDonald's Serves Lobster

Our 50 Plates tour continues with buttered lobster on a bun from Maine Street Lobster

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each s...   More
 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 by PETE COTTELL

Stoked & Broke

Throwing down methods and Rainier with the board bums drawn to Mount Hood’s endless winter.


Cover Story
It’s winter in Australia, but Rupert Michell has no interest in the puny ski hills of his native land. Instead, Michell took a 20-hour flight, then drove 1,000 miles to ski in Oregon—in June   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Wye Oak, Pattern Is Movement


Music Stories
[ALBUM-ORIENTED SYNTH FOLK] The blog-rock boom of the late aughts was a great time to be twee as fuck. Alongside Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and the Boy Least Likely To, members of Baltimore��   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 PETE COTTELL

The High Water Mark: Critical Pass


Bar Reviews
There’s a definitive moment in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas when Hunter S. Thompson sums up the end of the ’60s era profoundly, making note of a “high-water mark” that can be seen from   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Talkative

Hot Fruit BBQ (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[SPACE PUNK] If I had a nickel for every time someone likened a buzz-worthy band of stoners with laptops and delay pedals to Animal Collective, I’d certainly have enough cash to purchase a table   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Live Review: The Faint at Roseland Theater, 5/31

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How does a band occupy its time in the decade following the release of a synth-rock milestone? In the case of Omaha’s the Faint, the answer involves mediocrity and laserbeams. Shitloads of laserbeams. I expected to be amongst a mass of shaking booties and spilled cocktails, but the light show had the crowd at the Roseland on Saturday in a near-ep...   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 by PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Happy Vanniversary

My year of living in a van—minus two months of apartment hell.


Culture Features
Packing for a music festival is always a huge pain in the ass. As Sasquatch 2014 drew near, I anticipated the day before my departure would be an endless panic attack triggered by fear I was for   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 PETE COTTELL
 

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