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TBA Diaries: Jack Ferver, Mon, Ma, Mes

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Everyone wants to collaborate with Jack Ferver. Or so says the New York-based performer in his solo work, Mon, Ma, Mes, part of this year’s Time-Based Arts Festival.
With huge, animated hand gestures and a grandiose way of talking about himself, Ferver makes himself out to be both a cheerful and pretentious narci...   More
 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


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The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Tahni Holt, Duet Love

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Local choreographer Tahni Holt creates dances meant to make the audience question something—perhaps an audience’s relationship to the performers, or what it means to be “normal.” Duet Love, her newest piece at PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, is no exception. Featuring four dancers often split up in...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Opening Night, THEESatisfaction

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It’s Thursday night in an old warehouse, and I’m not entirely sure what I just walked into. There’s silver foil scrunched up on the walls, blue and purple lights casting giant silhouettes, and I swear somebody has neon-green hair that glows in the dark. One woman wears a floor-length down parka, 80-degree temps inside the building be damned.
It’s opening night at Portland In...   More
 
Friday, September 12, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.


Music Stories
Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: The Crucible

A review of Bag & Baggage's production of Arthur Miller's classic play.

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It’s Saturday night at Hillsboro’s Venetian Theatre, and it’s hard to say whether it’s the plunging darkness or the sound of crickets—or just the imminent potential for witch burnings—that’s upping the creep factor in the room. As the audience sits in silence, voices slowly start to chatter, at first whispering, then hissing and singing names in a repetitive, foreboding chant. These ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Musée Mécanique

From Shores of Sleep (Tender Loving Empire)


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[ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: The Zags

Small Bags (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[GARAGE POP] Power-pop quartet the Zags might sing about the ’80s on their debut EP, but they are a band clearly indebted to the ’60s. Heavy on three-part harmonies, cute keyboard hooks, rol   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.


Music Stories
When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)


Album Reviews
[THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length,    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD
 

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