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Palo Alto

California love.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Given James Franco’s obnoxious ubiquity, it’s tough not to see Palo Alto—a big-screen adaptation of the multihyphenate’s short-story collection—as art imitating life. But this is also th   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 AMANDA SCHURR

The Selfish Giant

It’s only teenage wasteland.


Movie Reviews & Stories
On the heels of Clio Barnard’s hailed debut, The Arbor, comes the equally devastating The Selfish Giant, in which the British writer-director again depicts a generation failed by an unsympatheti   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Good Ol’ Freda

She’s leaving home.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At 17, Freda Kelly was plucked from a typing pool to serve as secretary for what would become the biggest band in the world. Director Ryan White’s documentary Good Ol’ Freda is a charming    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Live Review: The Postal Service at Rose Garden Arena, 7/17

And don't forget Big Freedia!

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How do you translate a generation-defining, deeply personal if not outright bedroom record to an arena-ready show? Up the bleeps, bloops, beats, and overall volume, for starters. Such was the case Wednesday night, when Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis—aka the Postal Service—made their intimate 2003 Sub Pop classic ...   More
 
Friday, July 19, 2013 by AMANDA SCHURR

La Luz: Friday, June 28

Seattle surfer grrrls ride a dreamy wave of retro.


Music Stories
[NORTHWEST BEACH MUSIC] La Luz is a study in contrast. The Seattle quartet melds ’60s girl-group harmonies with boys-club surf guitar, and the band’s buzz-garnering debut 2012 EP, Damp Face,   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Album Review: Béisbol

Lo-Fi Cocaine (Bad Cop Bad Cop)


Album Reviews
[SUNNYSIDE SYNTHS] On their full-length debut, SoCal ex-pats Jeff and Ryan Burian channel their sunny home into a disc’s worth of summer-ready jams. From crystalline instrumental opener “Big Folk�   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Cut of the Day: "That Feeling," Beisbol

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The Béisbol brothers, Jeff and Ryan Burian, have a knack for wringing the dampness out of Portland’s lingering late spring days. It's not surprising, then, that they hail from Southern California’s sunny climes.  “That Feeling,” the first track off their forthcoming debut full-length Lo-Fi Cocaine, is a sonic shot of ...   More
 
Friday, May 24, 2013 by AMANDA SCHURR

Soriah: Sunday, May 5

Inside the golden throat of Portland.


Music Stories
[TUVAN THROAT SINGING] One of the world’s best Tuvan throat singers lives in Portland. His name is Enrique Ugalde—though before explaining who he is, maybe it’s best to explain exactly what    More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Q&A: Melissa Meszaros, Slabtown Grrrl Front


Music Stories
Pennsylvania native Melissa Meszaros moved to the Pacific Northwest eight years ago and began booking shows for Slabtown last December. Among her first brainstorms: a four-day, grrrl-empowering    More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR
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