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MFNW Preview: Belle and Sebastian

Twenty years in, indie pop’s greatest band is still learning new tricks. Like disco!

Music Stories
For the past 19 years, Belle and Sebastian has been on a quest. The purpose of that quest?  “To make better records,” says guitarist and songwriter Stevie Jackson. Next ye   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Galaxy Festival Aims High

Polaris tries to pack Portland’s dance world into Director Park.

Robert Guitron is the first to admit that he started Galaxy Dance Festival for selfish reasons.  “I find myself so stuck in my own little fishbowl while working with my people,” says   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Introducing Snowblind Traveler

Music Stories
Who: Matt Dorrien. Sounds like: Walking into a whiskey-soaked saloon after a long day on the road, and the piano player has a sad story for you.  For fans of: The Tallest Man on Earth, Father J   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Red Yarn

Deep Woods Revival (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[ANIMAL FOLK SONGS] It’s rare that you get to think critically about an album mostly concerned with cabbage, squirrels and jigging along home. But here we are with Red Yarn’s Deep Woods Revi   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Introducing: Moorea Masa

Music Stories
Sounds like: The point where hopeful whimsy meets potential heartbreak. For fans of: Phox, Emily King, Feist, Jill Scott. At 22, Moorea Masa’s music career has already taken quite a few tu   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 KAITIE TODD

4./5. Sama Dams

2015 Best New Band Poll finalist

Best New Band
POINTS: 49FORMED: 2011SOUNDS LIKE: Stumbling into a dark industrial warehouse and hearing a warped jazz album playing somewhere in the shadows.When interviewing the members of Sama Dams, answers typ   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theater's Impact Makes A Mark

instinctual confidence photo by james mcgrew

In Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Impact, you’ll see everything you’d expect, with a twist. There are iconic tutus, on men. There are dancers en pointe, but without music. There are stories of longing and passion, and they’re about slavery.Impact opens with the world premiere of Instinctual Confidence...   More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Belleville (Third Rail)

Expat lovebirds unravel in Amy Herzog’s relationship psycho-drama.

Amy Herzog’s Belleville isn’t the kind of thriller with Psycho strings or undead dance moves. It’s the haunting kind that meticulously picks at peripheral, casual details until an entire m   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Live review: White Bird, New Israeli Voices in Dance


Danielle Agami and Hillel Kogan are Israel’s fastest rising choreographers, and this weekend, Portland gets to see them slathered with hummus on stage as White Bird presents two striking works of athleticism and, surprisingly, humor. The night opens with Agami's world premiere, Exhibit b, performed by her Los Angeles-based dance company, Ate9. The music—frene...   More
Sunday, March 22, 2015 by KAITIE TODD

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