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Cut of the Day: "The Hero," TeenSpot

Aggressive Inline Skating

I’m sorry, but “supergroup” is not a term you can just nonchalantly throw around. It implies an often short-lived collaboration among high-caliber musicians from other bands, a nexus of sheer awesomeness and asskicking the likes of which the world will never see again. Cream was a supergroup, as is Them Crooked Vulture...   More
Thursday, May 2, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Becky Ohlsen Walking Portland

Wheezing, drinking, learning.

Becky Ohlsen’s Walking Portland keeps up a blistering pace through Portland’s gridded streets while stopping at every worthy watering hole and potential Instagram selfie backdrop along the way   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Headout: Pickin’ ’n’ Grinnin’

Thrifting advice from a man who makes a living reselling Goodwill finds.

You won’t see any photocopied fliers or crooked yard signs for “Portland’s largest garage sale.” This Saturday’s swap meet at the Expo Center doesn’t have such ragged charm. But that d   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

The Funny Glut

So everyone’s a comedian now?

Culture Features
A priest, a rabbi and an atheist walk into a bar. They put their names on the list and hope to get called up for three minutes onstage. They’re aspiring standups—like everyone else in Portland   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Vitaminwater's Brilliance Uncapped Concert

B.o.B., Santigold, an animatronic dinosaur and bottles upon bottles of neon-colored water invade Boring, Ore.

boring water district

Every state has a town with an unfortunate name. California has Weed. New Jersey has Loveladies. Arkansas has Toad Suck—yes, Toad Suck. For Oregon, the crown for most horribly-named city would have to go to    More
Monday, April 8, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Aggro Rag Freestyle Mag! Plywood Hoods Zines ’84-’89

“Me. I ride for me.”

Aggro Rag Freestyle Mag! Plywood Hoods Zines ’84-’89: The Complete Collection (Stovepiper Books Media, 443 pages, $24.43) is radical, and not in political or mathematical terms. Rather, this i   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Primer: Alt-J

Music Stories
Formed: In 2007 in Leeds, England. Sounds like: A poppy, sonically schizophrenic take on what it’s like to search for authentic folk in a world burgeoning with wobbly dubstep and cryptic trap m   More
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Dandy Warhols Live on the Streets of Portland

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Dandy Warhols

Well, true to their word, the Dandy Warhols kicked off their brief 13-song set in the streets of Portland on Wednesday, dashing around to five different venues and performing bare-bones song renditions in co...   More
Thursday, March 28, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Pheasant

Gravel Beach (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[ROOTSY INDIE] Pheasant may not be carving a particularly distinctive niche for itself, but the band is getting closer by the album. The group’s sophomore LP, Gravel Beach, is a collection of    More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
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