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Know-It-All John Hodgman Knows a Lot in Portland

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On Thursday evening, March 7, the contestants battling for prize money at the bar trivia night hosted by Portland mainstay trivia-host Shanrock at her Triviology challenge at La Merde, the bar in the back of long-running Le Bistro    More
Saturday, March 9, 2013 by JAY HORTON


Better Homes and Grey Gardens.

For all the tears shed over the withering magazine industry, certain niche periodicals have actually thrived. Design-oriented mags require the printed page for best effect, foodies aren’t yet    More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 JAY HORTON

Between the Rock and a Hard Place: Snitch Reviewed


Snitch screened after WW press deadlines, but it was really whiplash from Dwayne Johnson's alien anatomy that delayed the delivery of this review.
Critic's Grade: C+
“Inspired by true events” reads the opening title card of the oddly engrossing new thriller Snitch. The earliest scenes, while never what you’d call realistic, establi...   More
Sunday, February 24, 2013 by JAY HORTON

The Satin Chaps: Saturday, Feb. 23

Welcome to Swinging Portland.

Music Stories
[INDIE A GO-GO] Much as one shouldn’t judge an album by its cover—least of all debut collections from mostly instrumental troupes born to flood dance floors— the chicly retro figures frugg   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 JAY HORTON

Poor Credit: Identity Thief Reviewed


Identity Thief screened after WW press deadlines. Critic Jay Horton may have retained his identity, but he'll never have those 111 minutes back.

Critic's Grade: C-

If an awareness of dimming economic realities were to occupy any Hollywood genre, you'd figure the gross-out comedy a natural fit. Shouldn't lowest-common-denominator humor cater to the 99 ...   More
Friday, February 8, 2013 by JAY HORTON

Primer: Keane

Music Stories
Formed: In 1997 in Battle, East Sussex, England. Sounds like: A respectful embrace of modestly attractive thirtysomethings outside a well-scrubbed cafe in drizzling twilight as patrons mirthlessl   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 JAY HORTON

Primer: Kreayshawn

Music Stories
Born: In San Francisco in 1989 as Natassia Gail Zolot.  Sounds like: An undergrad exercise in hip-hop compiled by a fitfully charming lass of compelling backstory and rather more friends tha   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 JAY HORTON

Meat Is Murder, Moz Is Wrestling

Last Friday, two men entered the Vern. One left with Morrissey tickets. Our report from, er, "ringside."


The titles write themselves, really. Stranglehold, here we come. Grappler in a coma. The Queen is down! Our participants, while welcoming coverage of what threatened to be face-shattering bloodsport, didn't quite understand why members of the press seemed more intrigued by prize (Morrissey ticket) than process (mortal combat), and, fair enough, there's story to be found in any...   More
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JAY HORTON

Album Review: The Slants

The Yellow Album (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[DANCE ROCK] However constant and far-flung their touring—last year’s breakneck schedule capped by a New Year’s Eve jaunt through Kosovo entertaining the troops—the Slants remain Portland�   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JAY HORTON

Primer: Calobo

Music Stories
Formed: 1988 on Washington’s Orcas Island.  Sounds like: Indigo Girls meet Blues Traveler, then go on to form Fleetwood Mac. For fans of: The ’90s; the Beavers; a wildly talented troupe o   More
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 JAY HORTON

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