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The Tooth Of Crime (Second Dance) (Contagious Theatre)

Sam Shepard’s rock-’n’-roll homicides.

Rock ’n’ roll and stage drama haven’t always made the best of pairings, but, despite a snarling blues-bar-of-the-damned T Bone Burnett score ably wrangled by live band Outland Prey, The Tooth    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 JAY HORTON

Trek in the Park (Atomic Arts)

Summer Spock theater.

Seating space: the final frontier. Rapidly growing and ever more eclectic (though, shall we say, far from diverse) crowds have overwhelmed the smallish amphitheater within Northeast Portland’s Wo   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 JAY HORTON

Live Review: Britney Spears at Rose Garden, Tuesday, June 28


It’s Britneys, bitch! Scores of them. A small army flooded the Rose Garden of conscious-or-no impersonators representing every age, race, gender and, well, shape; for an icon who retains such an unparalleled grip upon tweener tastes, the audience appeared unexpectedly long in the tooth and tight in the leggings. Blame, perhaps, the $40 ticket price or four-hour length—the show finally endin...   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by JAY HORTON

The Beautiful and the Damned

American Idol is coming to Portland. Here are some things you should know.

Music Stories
Whether because so few of our residents profess to own a television set or so many of our well-pitched homegrown larynxes manage to attract fans    More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 JAY HORTON

Primer: Britney Spears

Music Stories
Formed: Out of the clay of Louisiana, Jive Records blessed her with the gift of fame, and so Britney Spears was loosed upon the earth.  Sounds like: Twenty-second-century Nashville. For fans of:    More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 JAY HORTON

Primer: Old 97’s

Music Stories
Formed: In 1993, when a fight broke during a Dallas bar band rehearsal: “You put alt in my country!” “You put country in my alt!” Sounds like: Suburban cowboys tending their bar-brawl wounds a   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 JAY HORTON

One Night With Janis Joplin (PCS)

Miles and miles and miles of heart.

Portland Center Stage, inexplicably determined that its final show of the season pay tribute to a long-deceased blues belter of dimming celebrity, decided mid-season to shelve the originally schedul   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 JAY HORTON

I Think I Was There

An oral history of Satyricon.

Cover Story
In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...   More

Hot Gun (Wonderdiamond Productions)

The Iceman cometh.

Hot Gun, the latest effort of producer Jedediah Aaker and director Jeffrey Wonderful—the men responsible for the amped-up, oversexed rock opera Chariots of Rubber—re-imagines the unironic ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 JAY HORTON

Casey Neill Saturday, May 1

He’s got friends in lo-fi places.

[SINGER-SONGWRITER] A songwriter’s songwriter, Casey Neill has an unpretentious intelligence and depth of focus bleeding through his subtly lyrical tunecraft, which has long attracted the attentions of an array of admirers. Even while Neill was gigging coffeehouses and hawking demos as post-collegiate Olympia troubadour, his version of a...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 by JAY HORTON

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