[PORTLAND POP PRIDE] With a year in its rearview mirror, Portland’s Good Cheer Records formally introduces itself with Sounds Like…Good Cheer Vol. 1, which gives 16 bands a few minutes each to be
[HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in
discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the
fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’
[GOLDEN OLDIES] On 2012’s Chest Crawl, Guantanamo
Baywatch pushed its surf-punk deep into the murk and stayed there,
reveling in the pleasures of getting filthy with bygone sounds. It might
Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield is incredibly confident. Or slightly mad. Or just a remarkably generous music fan who wants to bless people with glittering pop pleasure even when she’s not on stage. Whatever her motivation, Crutchfield’s tour in support of last month’s Ivy Tripp betrays real bravery, for she has chosen to take the extraordinary Girlpool on the road with her,...
The case for music as a religious experience collapses the second life grants you a glimpse of true beauty and terror via psilocybin or panic disorder or, like, running too fast for too long, but there are bands who can bring you to the brink of understanding. Lightning Bolt and Liturgy, who share a label (Thrill Jockey) and a purpose (sonic overload), both excel at the kind of incredibly loud w...
The Portland contingent of Mac “And Cheese” DeMarco’s teen legion filled the Crystal Ballroom on a school night, which is not remarkable, because who needs a good night’s sleep when your only morning obligation is being a surly asshole? That so many kids arrived wearing the same brand of cheap, flat-brimmed cap that Mac “The Knife” DeMarco More
Movie Reviews & Stories
The Washington, D.C., punk scene documented in Scott Crawford’s Salad Days
was a hydra of privileged brattiness, tough-guy posturing, earnest
disaffection and lofty purpose. It was, as youth m
With Selma, Ava DuVernay brings the civil rights movement to vivid life.
Movie Reviews & Stories
Movies about humanity’s failures tend to
flatter their audiences. Look at yesterday’s folly, they say, and be
proud of our relatively democratic present. Too rare are movies that
shine a r
[GOTH PUNK] Like so many of its peers in the increasingly
crowded post-punk revival tent, Shadowhouse is an unabashed tomb raider.
But the Portland quartet knows that you know retrospection is t
White Lung stays punk, even as it outgrows the punk scene.
As a remedy for frustration, punk rock works well enough.
But at this point, the rote formula of short-plus-fast-plus-loud is most
effective as a distraction for adolescents or an analgesic for