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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

Secrets of the Mermaid

The Starbucks underground is ruining baristas’ lives.

Coffee Guide
Even in Portland, there are people who care deeply about Starbucks. Like, really care. Sure, the Seattle chain’s ham-fisted Big Brother approach to one of our city’s most precious commodities    More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 PETE COTTELL

24-Hour Grind

Spending all day and night in the Portland coffee shop that never closes.

Coffee Guide
If Starbucks is the “third place” between business and home, as plugged by CEO Howard Schultz, then the open-24-hours Southeast Grind at 1223 SE Powell Blvd. is a “fourth place”—a have   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Milking It

A brief guide for the lactose insistent.

Coffee Guide
 ESPRESSO A “shot” of coffee made by forcing near-boiling water through a handheld filter packed with finely ground coffee beans. Traditionally 1 ounce, but most Portland coffee hous   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Introducing Seance Crasher

Music Stories
Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn. Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Extended Q&A: Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric

Eric Wareheim on guest-star freakouts and new horror series Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories.


In this week's Green Room, we spoke to Eric Wareheim of Tim and Eric. Here's the extended version of that conversation.

If you’re an aficionado of Adult Swim, you know Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. But the comedy duo’s lo-f...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

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Album Reviews
[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere. In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often    More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PETE COTTELL

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