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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


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

Drunk Dad: Friday, May 30

Not your father’s hardcore—unless your father is an old scumbag.

Music Stories
The definitive sound of punk has been fiercely debated for decades, but one thing most critics can agree on about the music is its antagonistic nature. Right down to its name, Portland’s Drunk D   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Bike Guide 2014: The Unipiper

Behind the Darth Vader mask of Portland’s one-wheeled mascot.

Bike Guide
It’s a statistical certainty that you know of the Unipiper. Regardless of how—small talk at a party or through Jimmy Kimmel—the guy riding around town on a unicycle, decked out in a kilt and   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Bike Guide 2014: Goods BMX's Shad Johnson

The owner of Portland’s only dedicated BMX shop on dads doing tricks and crushing mileage.

Bike Guide
If you’re looking down from a buttery leather Brooks saddle, the guys tooling around the greenways of Portland on a BMX bike look like someone eating filet mignon with a spork. Sure, it’s st   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Bike Guide 2014: BMX Shops and Rides

Bike Guide
SHOP Goods 2808 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 282-5408, goodsbmx.com. Noon-6 pm Monday-Saturday. Portland has both a world-famous BMX scene and a love of all things local. So it’s sad that m   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 PETE COTTELL
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