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The Obituaries

1 am, Ash Street Saloon.

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[BLUES PUNK] Once you’ve heard Monica Nelson’s voice, you’ll recognize it anywhere. Which is remarkable because there’s no gimmick—no affected accent, no Biafra-esque vib ...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Jason Simms

Oakhelm, Aug. 10 at Kelly’s Olympian

To Oakhelm: Thanks for making black metal fun, sweethearts.

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[FOREST METAL] The first words out of Oakhelm vocalist Pete Jay’s mouth were, “This song is about witches…hot witches.” The remark—referring to “Of Wood and Blood& ...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Jason Simms

The Shiny Things Sunday, Aug. 12

Local four-piece kicks listeners into motion with a brand new pair of feet.

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[HOPPED-UP TEEN GARBAGE] The Shiny Things recently got people dancing—old-fashioned feet-moving, hip-swaying dancing—on a hot July afternoon. Even more impressive, it did it without a bass ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Jason Simms

A Place Where Nothing Changes

The Obituaries are back—with a decreased risk of suicide.

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Monica Nelson is convinced that she's ugly and can't sing. At any show by her most recent (and recently defunct) punk-'n'-roll vehicle, Generation, she could be found with her bleached hair tucked und ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Jason Simms

Goregon Massacre Festival, Friday & Saturday, June 22 & 23

PDX's second annual blood summit marks it capital of the undead nation.

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[GORE METAL] What would you say if Swedes kept telling you that Portland is the punk and metal capital of the world? You'd be doubtful, right? I mean, if you believe the hype, Portland might be the in ...   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 Jason Simms

LKN, Postulate II (Greyday)

LKN's fifth release comes closest yet to capturing its creator.

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[PROG-GRUNGE] Everything that's right about Postulate II, LKN's fifth full-length, is embodied in one, singular track: "On the Ride." It begins in an explosion and ends in daisies. In a compositional ...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Jason Simms

Dried Out

Drunken Boat sobers up in the name of fans and goodwill.

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"People still talk about our blacked-out [drunk] shows," says Drunken Boat drummer David Wuttke of the band's early days. At the foursome's Northeast Portland home, he explains that fans will say, "Th ...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Jason Simms

Clit Ripper, In Front Of The Kids (Torn to Pieces)

Clit Ripper's latest is right on—except for those poorly chosen names.

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[THRASH] The opening lead-guitar riff to "Rip Your Clit and Watch You Die"—the first song on Clit Ripper's In Front of the Kids—sounds like the sped-up, orchestral soundtrack to a war movi ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Jason Simms

Pierced Arrows, May 18 at Ash Street

Old Coles do new tricks at their first show post-Dead Moon.

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[GARAGE] For the first time in a long time, Fred and Toody Cole were nervous. Six months after the breakup of their legendary garage-rock outfit, Dead Moon, the Coles were about to debut a new group&m ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Jason Simms

Menomena, The Thermals, The Bustling Townships, May 11 at Cleveland High School

Benefit proves that schools can still rock 'n' roll.

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[SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK] If you saw 62-year-old Bob Wise Friday at the Cleveland High School benefit for district music programs—glasses, just a little gray hair left, Black Flag T-shirt—you pro ...   More
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 Jason Simms
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