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Love & Mercy

God only knows what happened to Brian Wilson.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Brian Wilson’s mental breakdown in the mid-1960s is as essential to the Beach Boys mythos as the band’s Pendleton shirts and woodies. Two TV movies and a Barenaked Ladies song told the sto   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Jeremy Robert Johnson, Skullcrack City

Hex and violence.


Books
Jeremy Robert Johnson is a madman. As poster boy for the locally driven Bizarro fiction movement, he’s spent years combating adherence to a single genre, with several collections of violent, d   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.


Theater
Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Br’er Rose (Speculative Drama)

Southern charms with a Grimm twist.


Theater
Local director Megan Skye Hale’s Br’er Rose is a formidable re-creation of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty. The story, a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, remains intact. Hale   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate, Southgate


Music Stories
[KILLING TECHNOLOGY] In the ’80s, French-Canadian sci-fi thrash quartet Voivod was a contemporary of Metallica and Slayer, infusing progressive themes borrowed from King Crimson and Van der Graa   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Sleep at Crystal Ballroom, Feb. 6

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Sleep finally delivered the reunion show that Portland deserved to see. Back in 2010, when the stoner metal legends headlined the Roseland for MusicfestNW, only the most head-in-the-grass worshippers failed to notice that something was awry onstage. Guitarist Matt Pike was in the depths of his alcoh...   More
 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by NATHAN CARSON

Move That Dope

The saga of Sleep’s stoner metal opus, as told by its Portland-based producer.


Music Stories
Sleep is a case study in the classic underground success story. High-school pals in San Jose, Calif., who went on to create a blueprint for modern  Sabbath-worshipping stoner metal, the ban   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Zola Jesus at Mississippi Studios, Jan. 9

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The great unveiling came just before Zola Jesus’ headlining set at Mississippi Studios on Jan. 9, when a particularly resourceful stage manager ascended to the balcony and lifted a tarp to reveal a crystalline cardboard pyramid lit from within. The thing looked like it had been damaged in shipping, with the top bent at an odd angle. It looke...   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by NATHAN CARSON

Introducing: Burials


Music Stories
Who: Benjamin Caragol (guitars, vocals), Adam Wheeler (bass, vocals), Isaac Davis (drums), Fester (guitars). Sounds like: A battle between marauding Viking ships and deadly sea serpents that just w   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Usnea

Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse)


Album Reviews
[DOOM METAL] On its self-released debut, Usnea offered a psychedelic nightmare of twisted riffage and effects abuse that set the band a comfortable parsec apart from the Portland metal pack. Sop   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 NATHAN CARSON
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