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Live Review: Esperanza Spalding at Crystal Ballroom, Wednesday, April 25 (with Photos)


“Are we in for a treat? I think we are!” said an eagerly awaiting man behind me just before Portland native Esperanza Spalding took the stage at the Crystal Ballroom last night. The excitement shuffled into the room with the spectators as they found their places in the tightly packed, sold-out house. When the lights dimmed, a full band adorned in classy black garb opened the set with a loa...   More
Thursday, April 26, 2012 by EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Horse Feathers

Cynic’s New Year (Kill Rock Stars)

Album Reviews
[SUBDUED CRAFTSMANSHIP] Horse Feathers is a band of subtleties. Creating a rich sonic space using soft arrangements and minimalist instrumentation is quite a feat. Yet, the Portland band’s fou   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Cut of the Day: Y La Bamba, "Bendito," Court the Storm (Tender Loving Empire)


My Spanish isn’t as great as it once was, but when Y La Bamba’s Luz Elena Mendoza pulls out an unfurling falsetto to sing “Escu-u-uchame” at the beginning of the song “Bendito,” I’m definitely going to listen to her. Hell, she could sing in a made-up nonsensical language and still manage to command attention. I’ve followed the evolution of the local frontwoman’s voice for years,...   More
Friday, April 6, 2012 by EMILEE BOOHER

Primer: Megafaun

Music Stories
Formed: 2006 in North Carolina. Sounds like: Improvisational folk musicians prone to frequent jazz, experimental and rock seizures.  For fans of: The Grateful Dead, Blitzen Trapper, Akron/Famil   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Honey Badger Don’t Care

Ew, this book is nasty. Randall don’t give a shit.

The Honey Badger is a tenacious beast indeed. The meme, originated in a YouTube video that channeled the Crocodile Hunter through South Park’s Big Gay Al, has spread like germs in a grade-scho   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Book Review: Glaciers

Memories, like corner thrift-store finds.

Book-loving, twentysomething thrift-store shoppers will find local author Alexis Smith’s Glaciers at home in their hands. Smith’s debut novel’s main character, Isabel, is the epitome of the    More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

How Georgia Became O’Keeffe

Not to mention how Karen became Karbo.

Bookstores already dedicate whole shelves to Georgia O’Keeffe. That didn’t stop Portland author Karen Karbo from adding one more book, How Georgia Became O’Keeffe: Lessons on the Art of Livi   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

Headout: Waltz No. 02

The Next Waltz finds Portlanders re-creating The Band's last gig.

The Last Waltz—The Band’s farewell concert that Martin Scorsese turned into an acclaimed rockumentary—turns 35 this week. To mark the anniversary, 50 Portland musicians pay tribute by re-enactin   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER


Creepy billboards aside, the show’s a wild ride.

You are living under a rock if you haven’t heard about Cavalia, the show often described, at least around our office, as “Cirque du Soleil with horses.”    More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 EMILEE BOOHER

UPDATED: Five Places to Eat a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

A roundup of turkey-free restaurants open for Thanksgiving

There’s already an abundance of restaurant roundups for Thanksgiving from other media outlets (or, as our office’s only Australian likes to call it, “Thanks-for-nothing.”) However, most of these places are completely booked. So, for those of you non-traditionalists, non-cookers and non-thanksgivers looking to find delicious and comforting alternatives for your Thursday meal, here are...   More
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by EMILEE BOOHER
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