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Laura Gibson Totally Sells Out to the Man

The Man being that huge and evil mega-company, the Oregon Humane Society. Bet the Portland singer/songwriter raked in a cool million in corporate cash for this heartwarming spot. But seriously, how can we stay mad when this is the most adorable commercial we've seen since the...well there was the...and maybe tha...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 by LocalCut

Portrait of the Artist: Adrian Orange's First Time

Seeing Portland phenom Adrian Orange perform live for the first time is more than memorable; it's unshakable. His performances are so raw, so risky, that they stay with you, no matter how times in 10 years of Portland shows you've seen Orange play solo ...   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2007 by LocalCut

Band Name of the Week: Sprinkles (er, Thprinkles)

Wowzers! Last Band Name of the Week asked two bands—Death Sentence: PANDA! and Fuckwolf—to explain themselves, and they actually both got back to us. Amazing! (BNotW doesn't have the best track record when it comes to responses.) So, without further a...   More
Thursday, September 13, 2007 by LocalCut

A Tale of Two Tragedys

It finally happened. In the current issue of Willamette Week, we accidentally said that Portland D.I.Y. hardcore band Tragedy was playing Rock N Roll Pizza (a crazy venue on the road to Portland) Saturday night. The reality is that another band called Tragedy (this one influenced heavily by Insane Clown Posse an...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 by LocalCut

Portland: The Indie City With Lots of Bushes

Today's Taylor Clark essay on Portland as "America's indie rock theme park" [The Indie City] is full of loving detail from a longtime Portlander and ex-WW news writer. His essay made me do some thinking (always dangerous) about both...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 by LocalCut

Musicfest Diaries, Day Four and More

Part One: Most of us bloggers called it quits after Saturday night, but one, Nilina Mason-Campbell, soldiered on.

8:50 pm: We're on our way to the Crystal Ballroom to see Swim Swam Swum when I find out Britney Spears' VMA performance went down a disaster. This gives the night a downtrodden accent.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007 by LocalCut

The Musicfest Diaries, Day Three

7:45 pm, Slabtown: I'm sitting in the backroom, playing some pool, and hoping my stomach will stop blaming me for the night before when I start to hear music coming from the stage. Sure, it's Musicfest, but I'm not prepared to rock until nine. Nevertheless, I make my way to the main room to check it out and I'm treat...   More
Sunday, September 9, 2007 by LocalCut

The Musicfest Diaries, Day Two

Here 'tis, part two of our long-weekend Musicfest Diaries series.

7:30 pm, Audiocinema: Daniel Rossen introduces Grizzly Bear's next song to the plaid shirt convention (cowboy shirts on sale now at urban outfitters) that make up the crowd by saying in an English-sounding accent: "This is an old fo...   More
Saturday, September 8, 2007 by LocalCut

The Musicfest Diaries, Day One

Oh the passion and the pain of MusicfestNW. One simply can't be everywhere at once, and, as we learned last night, neither can a half-dozen writers. Here, though, are their experiences at the fest thus far. We'll be adding photos, video and commentary on this post throughout the day, with more to come all weeken...   More
Friday, September 7, 2007 by LocalCut

These are the Days with Arya Imig: MusicfestNW Edition (Thursday, Sept. 6)

This, the eighth episode of These are the Days, previews this year's MusicfestNW, a four-day music festival taking place in Portland the weekend of September 6-9. Co-sponsored by Willamette Week and benefiting the Oregon Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame and the Rock N' Roll Camp for Girls, this year's festival features ...   More
Thursday, September 6, 2007 by LocalCut
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