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Frank Portman, King Dork Approximately

Who wrote Holden Caulfield?

When it comes to peddling teen angst, few writers of young adult fiction have the qualifications of Frank Portman. With 30 years of fronting Berkeley pop-punk band the Mr. T Experience under his   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL


The Pros and Cons of Portland’s five very different 24 Hour Fitness locations.

Health Issue
For a gangly emo kid from the Midwest, a trip to a gym in America’s fittest city is hell. If it weren’t for the fact that I spent my first year in Portland living in a van, I would’ve burn   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 PETE COTTELL

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


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

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