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Live Review: Sleep at Crystal Ballroom, Feb. 6


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.

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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


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

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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)

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[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

Stockholm Syndrome

Why metal fans should love First Aid Kit.

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I hate to break it to you, but country music failed us. Once the genre of choice for outlaws and simple folks with big dreams, it’s become a streamlined industry of tepid tunes and Nashville   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Hotseat: Anthony Jeselnik

Talking with the "Satanic prince of standup," who hits Portland for back-to-back shows tonight.


Comedian Anthony Jeselnik has been called the "Satanic prince of standup.” His deadpan sense of charm underscores his morbidity, and he has a knack for twisting normal situations into sickening epiphanies in a nonchalant manner. Jeselnik got his break writing for Jimmy Fallon, but he’s perhaps best known for his roasts of Roseanne Ba...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Martin Bisi: Thursday, Oct. 23

A producer from New York’s cutting edge leaves the studio.

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In the early ’80s, New York was a magical place. The disco scene spilled out across the city from Studio 54, and musical styles as disparate as No Wave and hip-hop mingled and matured in tande   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7/5


Approaching the Schnitz on Saturday evening made it clear that Nick Cave’s return to Portland was nothing short of a goth holiday. It was date night in black, and anyone who was turned away from his sold out Crystal Ballroom show in 2008 had made damn sure not to make the same mistake.Mark Lanegan ...   More
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Nick Cave’s Top Five Acts Of Violence

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“Deep in the Woods”  Even back in ’83, Cave was already obsessed with drenching his Southern gothic tales in blood. The finale of the Birthday Party’s Bad Seed EP is a first-person a   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NATHAN CARSON
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