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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


Music Stories
Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

All You Need To Know About Last Night's Third Eye Blind Show at Crystal Ballroom

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An informal dispatch from Pete Cottell re: Third Eye Blind at Crystal Ballroom, 12/16: [Stephan Jenkins] came out wearing a hoodie and did medley versions of "deep cuts" he probably didn't have the patience to teach the new guitarist how to play. When the hoodie came off the middl...   More
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by PETE COTTELL

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Third Eye Blind


Music Stories
Dear 13-Year-Old-Pete: It’s yourself again, from the future. You’re probably sitting in the basement eating Hot Pockets while eagerly awaiting MTV’s Amp and the slim chance they’ll air the co   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Coffee Issue 2013: Coffee-Shop Etiquette

Rules of the road at six different types of Portland cafe.


Food Reviews & Stories
The Cupping Lab How you know you’re there: You walk into a rehabbed warehouse and are greeted by a guy with an apron, a beard, a Don Draper haircut and a coffee setup that looks like a meth lab   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Giving Thx

Last-minute Thanksgiving options, from upscale TV dinners to BK Tendergrills.


Food Reviews & Stories
On Thursday, most Americans will celebrate the liberties secured by our forefathers by communing with loved ones to gorge on starchy food and pray that our righteous God   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Screaming Females: Saturday, Nov. 16

How to grow a punk band: play basements, record with Steve Albini, impress Garbage.


Music Stories
If there were a “right way” to make it as a punk band, Screaming Females would be a prime example. Being from New Brunswick, N.J.—a bona fide Mesopotamia of the East Coast DIY scene—cert   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Soul Coughing


Music Stories
Dear 13-Year-Old Pete, Hey there. Your future self here, writing from the year 2013. Before I cut to the chase, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through the summer of 1997 without obta   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 PETE COTTELL

William Todd Schultz, Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

In search of the man behind the misery.


Books
In the 10 years since Elliott Smith died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, the one thing we’ve collectively come to understand about the singer-songwriter is that he may never be    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Your Rival: Friday, Oct. 18

Power pop wise beyond its years.


Music Stories
Thirty-year-old former emo kids still haven’t found it in their hearts to forgive Weezer for its last decade of music. Many fans threw 2001’s Green Album under the bus for being a bombastic    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Pac From the Grave

128 bytes and 35 years later, people are still making new games for the Atari 2600.


Culture Features
One summer day in 1989, my family found an Atari 2600 at a yard sale. Even then, it was a wood-paneled relic of a simpler time, before slap bracelets or mutated turtles. My parents were happy to   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 PETE COTTELL
 

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