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i heart Polysics!

Six reasons to go crazy over Japan's No. 1 giddy synth-o-punk psychobots.


Music Stories
Polysics: It's not a band, it's an infection!From Japan it comes, a mad macrovirus born of science run amok! Deadly destructive and more contagious than a cybernetic superflubut cute, too! Yeah, sort ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 John Graham

Who's Laughing Now?

The world's premier industrial horror show has risen from the dead. But is Skinny Puppy ready for the 21st century?


Music Stories
Considering Skinny Puppy's history of gory stage exorcisms, endless internecine conflict, rampant drug abuse and, finally, death and disbandment, the last thing anyone expected from the band was a reu ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2004 John Graham

Keepin' It Steel

An Amon Tobin cheatsheet for fakers, hacks and new jacks.


Music Stories
Just as his birthplace (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is the meteorological opposite of his adopted home (Brighton, England), so has the music of Amon Tobin moved from light and loose ambient jazz to dark a ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 24, 2004 John Graham

THE SEMINAL TEST

Rocket from the Tombs meets the strict requirements. Do you?


Music Stories
"Seminal."The word gets thrown around like fists between inmates. And you're bound to hear it this week, when Cleveland protopunks Rocket from the Tombs--among the first originators of classic Mid ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2003 John Graham

Passion Play

Two elemental artists--vocal daemon Jarboe and Italian art-rockers Larsen--fuse to start A Screaming Fire.


Music Stories
CASTJarboe: Wicked singer, rider of savage emotional storms, corrupted Southern belle. Spent 14 years exploring thunderous, unmatched levels of melancholy and melodrama with Swans, her seminal NYC ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2003 John Graham

WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE


Movie Reviews & Stories
Films shot in Portland have a special, regionally romantic appeal independent of their actual cinematic worth. Hell, I've sat through celluloid suckathons like the Teri Hatcher-Andrew "Dice" Clay ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 John Graham

CALL KUPL TO REQUEST DIXIE CHICKS SONGS: (503) 733-5000.


Music Stories
SCHOLARLY OVERVIEW Author! Author! Bands + books = a match made in heaven.With both Gogol Bordello and Shai Halud hitting Portland stages this week, it's time to survey bands named with literature ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 John Graham

Excessive Force

The real Star Wars myth is that the films were ever respectable cinema.


Movie Reviews & Stories
So there's this Star Wars review, y'see. The key actors, it complains, "are practically the only practicing humans in a sea of robots and alien life forms, but even the humans seem to be made of P ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2002 John Graham

AND WE'RE ROLLING

home recording: five easy ways for you to achieve fame, stardom and rave reviews in your friend's zine


Special Section Stories
INDEX INTERNATIONAL DJ SUPERSTARDOM: A Buyer's Guide PORTLAND GEAR SHOPS: A Directory START ANNOYING BOOKING AGENTS TODAY: How to Get Shows THE CLUBS: Where They Are, Who They Are RECORDI ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 John Graham

Manic Panic

Look out below: The Icarus Line's fiery racket is about to crash down all around you.


Music Stories
It was all over but the bleeding in less than 20 minutes. Dead microphones lay scattered across the stage, snapped strings curled like razor wire off dented and discarded guitars, and a small crow ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2001 John Graham
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