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The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


Music Stories
Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: MusicfestNW Presents: Icona Pop, K. Flay, Sirah


Music Stories
[POP TRIUMPHALISM] Banging into the global consciousness in 2012 with summer jam nonpareil “I Love It,” 20-something Swedes Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo have finally released a debut album pro   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 JAY HORTON

Show Preview: Lorde


Music Stories
[PROTO-GOTH] The latest enfant terrible climbing the charts and roiling the blogs, Lorde recorded her debut album, Pure Heroine, at the tender age of 16 and became the youngest artist to top the B   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

All You Pretty Vandals (Incident Recordings)


Album Reviews
[DAMAGED ROOTS] For nearly two decades, Casey Neill has been filtering post-hardcore energies through an Americana muse for tales of wry lamentation, and the barroom mythologizing wed to painstaking craft has never sounded so perfectly realized.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JAY HORTON

The Grimmoire: Season 3, Episode 1: “The Waltzing Dead”

A Portland bestiary of Grimm

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Following each new episode of Grimm's third season, contributing fantasy journalist Jay Horton will annotate the notable flora, fauna, places of interest, and objets d'occult.
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Oh, Vienna: Imperial tyrant, eternal nemesis of Portland and all of the liberty and equality and rumpled-casual wardrobes promised to manimals who yearn to breathe free. As the third...   More
 
Friday, November 1, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Shock and Aw: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Reviewed

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For reasons not worth detailing here, this review of Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa arrives a wee bit overdue.
Critic's Grade: B+
Entering theaters 11 years to the day after the first Jackass release deliriously exceeded all expectations and made apocalyptic headlines across the country, Bad Grandpa became the franchise's fourth consecutive release to debut wi...   More
 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 by JAY HORTON

The Grimmoire: That Voodoo We Do So Well

The return Of Grimm and decline of Portland TV's Golden Age

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For all the grumblings about traffic upheavals and street closures caused by the sudden explosion of television projects filming 'round town, the local presumption of Portland as favored toy of the media elite has been rather oversold. We have   More
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and The Twilight Of The Action Figure: Escape Plan Reviewed

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Escape Plan screened after WW press deadlines, but critic Jay Horton was there for the Stallone and the Schwarzenegger.
Critic's Grade: C+
A quarter century ago, when dinosaurs strode the earth, American cinema was dominated by an unlamented breed of leaden, clunky, ginormous vehicles constructed to flatter the specific charms and mask the woeful limitations of...   More
 
Sunday, October 20, 2013 by JAY HORTON

An (Alternate) Oral History of Satyricon

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When legendary Portland punk club Satyricon closed its doors in 2010, Willamette Week published a massive oral history on the venue titled "I Think I Was There." But there was another oral history, compiled by longtime WW contributor Jay Horton, <...   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Headout: The Case of the Purloined Necklace

A reward awaits the first person who solves this mystery before the Sherlock Holmes exhibit opens at OMSI.


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Hours too late, amid houses of disturbingly accurate repute, I searched for the Great Critic. Or, at least, I searched for where the Great Critic always was, at a bar near the bridge,  prec   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 JAY HORTON
 

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