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Album Review: The Parson Red Heads

Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red)

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[FOLKISH PSYCH POP] Nineteen seconds of bright, delicate guitar strums and the warbling cry of the Great Northern Loon is one way to start an album. It’s fitting, though, given that the Parson R   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Quiet Life

Wild Pack (Mama Bird Recording Co.)

Album Reviews
[RUST-BELT POP ROCK] Quiet Life’s “San Luis Obispo” is a carefree slice of twanged-out Americana, bustling with tight, countrified swagger and Tom Petty-ish guitar. It exemplifies the Po   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)

Album Reviews
[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: The National at McMenamin's Edgefield, 9/21

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“You guys must be super cold and wet, while we’re standing here comfortable and dry,” remarked the National frontman Matt Berninger, moments into the band’s sold-out set at Edgefield. It was appropriate, given the densely overcast sky and punctuated pitter-patter of gentle rain, but it wasn’t disheartening. The Portland summer, however, is gone—and the band’s two-hour set gave only...   More
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Video: “Stomach Pains,” Gaytheist


No one wants to read that pounding two tablets of ibuprofen after the Big Float could cause severe stomach bleeding. Nor do I want to read any prescription label highlighting the laundry-list of potential hazards that might ensue — drowsiness, headaches, death — if I use any run-of-the-mill pain reliever. I’ve never, however, read a drug label warning me of my potential for spontaneou...   More
Monday, July 29, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: "Brahma Bull," Tango Alpha Tango


We don’t often get excited about an ominous black cloud barreling toward us on the horizon. Luckily, it’s not a rolling, rain-on-your-parade cumulus cloud I’m referring to, but Black Cloud, the first full-length from bluesy Portland quartet Tango Alpha Tango.
The dirty, electrified outfit has been busy prepping i...   More
Friday, June 28, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Shane Torres

A Texas-born comedian becomes Portland’s funniest person.

Comedy and Variety
Nearly seven years ago, comedian Shane Torres thought the best joke in his arsenal was the first one he’d ever written. Apparently the open-mic patrons at the Hungry Tiger Too didn’t think n   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Summer Guide 2013: The Wind Beneath My Wings

A So-Cal transplant who’s never surfed boards the Gorge.

Featured Stories
There’s a moment of calm before it takes me. I stand stagnant on the deck of the board as it gradually coasts atop the water and my body gently trembles from a sense of eagerness. I’m not quit   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)

Album Reviews
[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Headout: Tree Toppers

Learn how tree-climbing competitions work.

Tree climbing is an activity most often associated with children and barefoot hippies—two groups that wouldn’t stand a chance at this weekend’s Portland Regional Tree Climbing Competition.    More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
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