Dean's Scene, a popular speakeasy on Northeast Fremont Street, closed Feb. 1 after a visit from Oregon Liquor Control Commission officials. Dean Pottle's home brewery had been scrutinized by the OLCC since December, when the agency sent a letter warning Pottle about making more beer than allowed by law and accepting "financial consideration" for beer without a liquor license. "We're closed," Pottle

Feb. 2.

“The OLCC raided me twice this week.”

The OLCC first warned Pottle on Dec. 9, 2013.

“If he wants to brew beer and give it to people out of the goodness of his heart, he is free to do so,”

says OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott. "We asked him not to charge people money." Pottle applied to the OLCC for a homebrewing and private club license Jan. 16.


Roots-rock venue

is moving to 2350 NE 82nd Ave., the former location of the Red Room, a venue best known for hosting punk and metal shows. "It's what we needed," says co-owner Jennifer Wallace, who says Duff's had been looking for a new location for two years.

“It’s not perfect, but it’s a little bit bigger.
We can get 20 more seats in there, I think.

It's near a freeway exit." The lease on Duff's Garage's current location (1635 SE 7th Ave.) expires in April, and Wallace anticipates the 82nd Avenue location will open the same month, provided OLCC paperwork goes through in time. Wallace expects improvements to the food menu. "That's always been our biggest complaint," she says.


Well, we got


. The reunited hip-hop duo will

headline the first half of the annual Sasquatch Music Festival

at Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre, which this year is spread across two weekends in May and July, and considering that the legendary Atlanta rappers proclaimed they'd perform at 40 festivals in 2014, it'd be a major disappointment otherwise. The rest of the lineup isn't too shabby, either:

Queens of the Stone Age, the National, M.I.A., Soundgarden, Kraftwerk and Frank Ocean

. A smattering of Portland-based acts, such as Typhoon, Radiation City, Portugal the Man and Modern Kin, are also spread across the bill. The festival takes place on the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends, with tickets going on sale Saturday, Feb. 8.


On Super Bowl Sunday, local scribe Robert Ham stumbled into a Twitter war with Kurt Sutter, creator of the AMC biker drama

Sons of Anarchy

. It began when Greg Yaitanes, a showrunner for the Cinemax series


, protested a negative review of the show Ham had written for online magazine Paste. In an apparent sign of solidarity,

Sutter tweeted a photo of Ham

, with the comment, "just knew the dude had to grow looking like this being called 'fat bobby ham sandwich.'"

Ham responded by calling Sutter “petty and small,”

leading to a volley of insults from a few

Sons of Anarchy

fans. "I'm not asking for an apology from anyone involved, nor do I anticipate one," wrote Ham, a former



“I just want to use this small platform to remind folks that words matter and we should be using them with far more care than we often do.”