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Live Review: Closer Fest, Day 1

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Kicking off an electronic music festival at a gay bar is fitting. Electronic music would still be twitching around on the floor to Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” if we lived in a fully hetero society. Thursday’s event at Crush Bar, a “straight-friendly” gay bar, was supposedly ...   More
 
Friday, June 21, 2013 by MITCH LILLIE

Top Five Must-Sees at Closer Electronic Music Festival


Top 5
John Tejada (Friday, Refuge) The meticulous, melodic house master (pictured) is bringing his all-hardware (read: MacBook-free) set to Portland for its stateside debut. Eat your heart out, San Fra   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Futro Records: Sunday, June 9

Electro hip-hop party jams thicker than blood.


Music Stories
[FAMILY PARTY] For some of the residents of Southeast’s Washington Towers, the drab apartment complex down the street from Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery has another name: Futro Towers. That’s beca   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Trekking Nowhere Fast

Where’s JJ when you need him?


Movie Reviews & Stories
JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness has gotten great reviews. Already released in Australia, Mexico and other countries, the movie’s U.S. release was delayed because of a competing opening of T   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Lovecraft on the Tabletop

How to scare the father of Doom.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Game designer Sandy Petersen isn’t afraid of anything. Well, almost anything. “The revelation that things are not as they seem—that’s scary to me,” says Petersen, the guest of honor   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Brew Views: Star Trek TV at Holocene

Wyatt Warp and the Yellow-Bellied Spandex.


Brew Views
In the JJ-fied Star Trek of today, it’s easy to look upon the pitifully low-budgeted original series and giggle. The episode “Spectre of the Gun,” Gene Roddenberry’s 1968 nod to the cowboy W   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

The Company You Keep

Redford’s thriller can’t keep up with its actors.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Never mind that in real life, Weather Underground activists did not murder anyone in their anti-war radicalism of the early 1970s. In Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep, they did.  As    More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Magic Fades: Saturday, April 13

Already Internet famous, a Portland duo makes moves offline.


Music Stories
[SIMWAVE] “I bump fades when I fuck. So what?” says the muscular, shirtless man, digitally rendered as part of the virtual-world game Second Life, as he cocks his head to the side and spreads    More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Headout: RUDN Behavior

Funny improvisational comedy game you probably not like.


Headout
“Do not go to this performance,” Vladimir, an East Portland greengrocer, advises me. “You will not like the jokes.” I’ve lived in Russia and heard jokes like the ones RUDN, a winning team    More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Emancipator: Friday, March 8

An electronic music festival mainstay escapes the stigma of jam.


Music Stories
[DOWNTEMPO] Doug Appling, known in electronic music circles as Emancipator, has just been on what he calls a “little adventure.” He’s currently in Costa Rica, where he performed at the mus   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 MITCH LILLIE
 

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