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The Quitter

Why Portland's most prolific punk would rather play the suburbs than become a star.


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When the going gets good, Colin Grigson gets going. The Oregon-raised musician, regarded by many punks as the heart of the scene, quit playing bass for two popular local bands in the past two years. H ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2007 Jason Simms

Writing (almost) on the wall for mural/billboard case


Working straight through the lunch hour to try to hasten the conclusion of what Judge Michael H. Marcus told his court Thursday is one of the longest-running cases in the building (nine years), Clear Channel, the City of Portland and local muralist Joe Cotter gave closing arguments today in Clear Channel's challenge to the city's sign code limiting the size of signs an...   More
 
Friday, March 23, 2007 by Jason Simms

the bugs the bugs (Hovercraft)

Daniel Johnston-ish vocals + British punk = "flying fucking shit."


Music Stories
[GARAGE POP] I almost forgot that I've seen the Bugs (I was drunk and didn't find out the duo's name). But as soon as "Fuckin' A. Right," the second song on the band's self-tilted LP, came through my ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 Jason Simms

Ferocious Eagle

the sea anemone inside of me is mighty


Music Stories
[POST-HARDCORE] Like lovers, good rock bands are often coy. Groups like the Blood Brothers and the Hunches make music that is, at times, grating, annoying and inaccessible. While such qualities may ta ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Jason Simms

Broken Record

Riot Cop finds itself in bad company on a new punk comp


Riff City
When Riot Cop's Dominic Drumgo saw the booklet for Choke On It—a vinyl compilation of Portland punk that features his band—he treated the record just as he used to treat those by the famou ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Jason Simms

Music Art Resource Collective Body Art Benefit

A music benefit celebrates bare vampire breasts—and painted human ones.


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  Up until the age of about seven, Robert Cody Reuwsaat spent every October terrified because he was convinced that his parents turned into vampires at that time of year due to extensive ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 Jason Simms

Courting the Wombstretched

Investigating the dating allure of the most vulgar rap duo in Portland, Wombstretcha the Magnificent.


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"Wombstretcha is every bit the gentleman."There's something odd about this sentence. It's hard to believe a "stretcha" of wombs—who is not an Ob-Gyn—could be a gentleman, especially when w ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 Jason Simms

Shanghaied

A visit to Portland's shady places with Kiss Bank and company.


Riff City
By the time you read this, the members of gypsy-folk band Kiss Bank will be en route to the Mississippi River, where they'll rejoin the Miss Rockaway Armada, a 20-foot-long vessel they helped build fr ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 Jason Simms

TRIPLE AXL

Portland's GNR tribute sees the "real" thing and out reals it.


Riff City
This can be a touchy subject, so let's get it out of the way: Cover bands play songs made famous by other bands. Tribute bands are Method actors—they "become" another band. Last week, Portland s ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 Jason Simms

Dead Moon's Demise Official


Following a cancelled show last Thursday and a weekend of rumors, there is finally official word from Dead Moon—a Portland underground rock institution with an extremely loyal world-wide fanbase. The trio claims it is “retiring.” Read the full story    More
 
Thursday, December 14, 2006 by Jason Simms
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