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William Todd Schultz, Torment Saint: The Life of Elliott Smith

In search of the man behind the misery.


Books
In the 10 years since Elliott Smith died of a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest, the one thing we’ve collectively come to understand about the singer-songwriter is that he may never be    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Your Rival: Friday, Oct. 18

Power pop wise beyond its years.


Music Stories
Thirty-year-old former emo kids still haven’t found it in their hearts to forgive Weezer for its last decade of music. Many fans threw 2001’s Green Album under the bus for being a bombastic    More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Pac From the Grave

128 bytes and 35 years later, people are still making new games for the Atari 2600.


Culture Features
One summer day in 1989, my family found an Atari 2600 at a yard sale. Even then, it was a wood-paneled relic of a simpler time, before slap bracelets or mutated turtles. My parents were happy to   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Joan of Arc: Friday, Sept. 27

A conversation with guitarist, vandweller and temporary Earth person Sam Zurick.


Music Stories
Imagine being in an emo band in the Midwest circa 1998. This was a time before iTunes, before MySpace, before Napster, even. If you had any aspirations to graduate from the local basement scene to   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Vanifest Destiny: Vanzanita

I get booted from a beach town by the cops and give deep thought to the van plan.


Culture Features
Is this what a tsunami feels like? That’s what I thought as I awoke to find my home violently rocking back and forth. I cursed myself for not paying attention to the tsunami evacuation route s   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Stalking a Stalker

A crummy 12 hours spent in front of some phony’s house.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Around my fourth hour of staring at a nondescript ranch house in the foothills of Mount Tabor, my mind begins to wander. My laptop picks up an errant Wi-Fi signal from one of the neighborhood’s    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Danny Bland, In Case We Die

Chokin’ on the ashes of her enemy…


Books
If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early ’90s Seattle was all about, you’d probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

The Chronic of Gnarnia

How Portland’s hardest-working stoners created one of the country’s best tape labels.


Music Stories
Gnarnia isn’t hard to find. Just head south on Southeast 11th Avenue, until the smell of grease radiating from the Burgerville on Hawthorne Boulevard gives way to bong smoke. It’s home to a un   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 PETE COTTELL

Live Albums


Music Stories
The trend of bands performing seminal albums live in their entirety is a double-edged phenomenon. On one hand, it kills the thrilling unpredictability of the set list, and forces audiences to sit    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER, PETE COTTELL

MusicfestNW 2013: Baroness

Crawling out from the wreckage of a devastating bus crash, a metal behemoth returns, better than ever.


MFNW 2013
Last year was poised to be a banner one for Baroness. With its double-album, Yellow & Green, the band imported prog-metal touchstones—lengthy instrumental breaks, ambient squalls of harmonic   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 PETE COTTELL
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