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Life At These Speeds, “Blindfold King,” Life At These Speeds (Owlsa/Perpetual Motion Machine)


I'm taking this opportunity to feature one of my favorite songs ever, from one of my favorite bands ever, whose presence in Portland was one of the few things I knew previously about the city, and thus was one of the main reasons I felt confident moving here.

Excessiv...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 by David Robinson

Nightlife, Baby


Bar Reviews
If pressed, I would insist that a youth spent floundering in southwest England (where clubbing really is the sole option for evening entertainment) makes me a credible candidate for gauging the qualit ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 David Robinson

Autistic Youth, “Same Problem,” Cola Freaks Split (Black Water)


Last we week we reported that Dirtnap Records is set to bolster its impeccable back catalog with the forthcoming release of local youth-punx Autistic Youth's sophomore full-length album. This week marks the kickoff of the band's West Coast tour alongside relative grandparents Defect Defe...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 by David Robinson

“Green Dragon Preservation Society” Declares War on Rogue



Photo by Leah Nash

Over the last week, the proposed Rogue Ales buy-out of the Green Dragon Pub and Bistro was widely reported as a done deal, with majority-owner Ed Schwartz    More
 
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 by David Robinson

Dirtnap Records (Belated) Update: Autistic Youth Album and New Distribution Deal


Apparently this was revealed at the tail end of last month but, for those of us playing catch-up, local punk institution Dirtnap Records has announced a couple of exciting developments. First, PDX's favorite pre-teen (OK, they might actually be closing in on drinking age now—either w...   More
 
Thursday, November 13, 2008 by David Robinson

Coldbringer, "Metaphysical Ways," Lust and Ambition (Dead Ideas)


In a recent Drunken Boat Cut of the Day, I blabbered on about the recent renaissance of pop-punk that takes it cues from the downbeat melancholia of bands like Brit legends Leatherface rather than the chirpy, hyper-syrupy sounds more closely associated with the genre for much of the ‘90...   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by David Robinson

Mic Crenshaw, "Take Em Out," Thinking Out Loud (Focused Noise)


During a single verse of “Take Em Out,” Suckapunch, Line of Fire, and Hungry Mob member Mic Crenshaw manages to touch upon themes of prison overpopulation, economic recession, erosion of civil liberties, institutional racial abuse, and corporate exploitation—in the process ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 by David Robinson

Tragedy 503, “Alone,” Acid Rain (S/F Records)


Before confusion with the the seminal local punk band Tragedy prompted a name change to the current Tragedy 503, PDX's Insane Clown Posse-inspired horror-core MC released debut album Acid Rain under the [sic] moniker Tradgedy. Apparently recorded on a Playstation—and surely deserving of...   More
 
Friday, October 31, 2008 by David Robinson

The Estranged. Friday, Oct. 31




A post-punk life fits these ex-crust rockers just fine.

[POST-CRUNK] It’s rare that the same group of musicians begins in one genre only to make a U-turn into another, but that’s exactly what happened to Portland trio the Estranged. In morphing from violin-embellished &ldqu...   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by David Robinson

The Estranged. Friday, Oct. 31

A post-punk life fits these ex-crust rockers just fine.


Music Stories
[POST-CRUNK] It’s rare that the same group of musicians begins in one genre only to make a U-turn into another, but that’s exactly what happened to Portland trio the Estranged. In morphing ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 David Robinson
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