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Cut of the Day: "Brahma Bull," Tango Alpha Tango

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We don’t often get excited about an ominous black cloud barreling toward us on the horizon. Luckily, it’s not a rolling, rain-on-your-parade cumulus cloud I’m referring to, but Black Cloud, the first full-length from bluesy Portland quartet Tango Alpha Tango.
The dirty, electrified outfit has been busy prepping i...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Shane Torres

A Texas-born comedian becomes Portland’s funniest person.


Comedy and Variety
Nearly seven years ago, comedian Shane Torres thought the best joke in his arsenal was the first one he’d ever written. Apparently the open-mic patrons at the Hungry Tiger Too didn’t think n   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Summer Guide 2013: The Wind Beneath My Wings

A So-Cal transplant who’s never surfed boards the Gorge.


Featured Stories
There’s a moment of calm before it takes me. I stand stagnant on the deck of the board as it gradually coasts atop the water and my body gently trembles from a sense of eagerness. I’m not quit   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)


Album Reviews
[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Headout: Tree Toppers

Learn how tree-climbing competitions work.


Headout
Tree climbing is an activity most often associated with children and barefoot hippies—two groups that wouldn’t stand a chance at this weekend’s Portland Regional Tree Climbing Competition.    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Video: “Always Awkward,” Onuinu

Always Awkward

It’s been almost a year since Onuinu, aka Portland’s Dorian Duvall, unleashed the summer-stricken Mirror Gazer on Bladen County Records. The excellent debut album was an electro-pop onsl...   More
 
Monday, June 10, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: “Wear Me Out,” Summer Cannibals

No Makeup

I used to have a girlfriend who would swoon over every adorable canine in a vest she would see at the local farmers market. I once mentioned I didn't find it cute, that I actually found it borderline sad. She told me the dogs would freeze to death without it. I told her it was 70 degrees out. We no longer date.Lemon, the smug mutt in the jet-black leather vest gracing the cover of    More
 
Thursday, June 6, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Jon Mooallem, Wild Ones

Even more dead polar bears.


Books
The conservation of American wildlife is not a happy story. Well, not one Jon Mooallem would read his 2-year-old daughter before bedtime. His debut book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdl   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Extended Q&A: Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper

The singer of the Portland psych-folk favorites on old band names, the old music scene and rocking Canadian Country Music Television.

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In this week's Mic Check, we spoke to Blitzen Trapper frontman Eric Earley about his band's 10th anniversary. Here's the extended version of that conversation. Willamette Week: You guys are coming up on your 10-year a...   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Crash Course

A guided tour through Portland’s music-video history.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When filmmaker and Portland State professor Dustin Morrow founded the Portland Music Video Festival last year, he limited the event to videos produced in Portland. This year, he solicited submis   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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