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
[DARK PUNK] Punks have never been as immune to pandemics
as they’d like to think. So it’s not surprising that the past few years
of black-metal shoegazing and other such trends have seen the r
Movie Reviews & Stories
When I saw the trailer for Compliance a couple
months ago, I let loose with one of those deliberate groans that
insecure pseudo-intellectuals use to let strangers in the vicinity know
that one h
By the time you read this, I will be in Los Angeles. I think I’m going to stay there a while. So this marks the end of my 13-month attempt to keep tabs on Portland punk rock. My first impulse was to write a long essay about how fucking punk my navel is, but I’ve done a lot of that since last August, and rest assured my self-involvement comes into play plenty in the appreciations that follow.&n...
For my penultimate column (I’m outta here next week) I wanted to throw a party, a little mutual masturbation session starring various Portland punk-affiliated people I’ve crossed paths with since starting Upper Extremities last summer.
So I wrote to some of my favorite folks in town and asked them to send me a few words about their favorite punk (or punk-ish) band in PDX. I do believe my fe...
When I was 15 years old I bought a GG Allin album and got so freaked out by it I threw it away. I waited until my family was asleep and set my feet to taking whispery falls through the living room and out to the trash cans on the back patio, where I tossed that filthy disc for good. Allin was too much for me. My pop-punk brain wasn’t ready for such nastiness. I revisited Allin’s oeuvre a coupl...
[POP PUNK ’N’ ROLL] Until a few days ago, I’d felt a big
brother’s pity for Youthbitch: A shame, I thought, that a band with so
much potential would saddle itself with such an awful name.
I had the pleasure of profiling Portland’s garage-pop-punk sweethearts Pataha Hiss for this week’s paper (read it here), but I wasn’t quite able to convey just how deep this trio’s music geekery runs. My hourlong conversation with Chelsea McIntire and Lizzie Flick revealed a band still totally stoke...