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Album Review: The Zags

Small Bags (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[GARAGE POP] Power-pop quartet the Zags might sing about the ’80s on their debut EP, but they are a band clearly indebted to the ’60s. Heavy on three-part harmonies, cute keyboard hooks, rol   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.


Music Stories
When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)


Album Reviews
[THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length,    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.


Comedy and Variety
Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KAITIE TODD

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

The Bard gone batty.


Theater
If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Love Hurts: The Fault in Our Stars Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+ “I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster at the beginning of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. For author John Green—who wrote the book of the same title—he approaches sad stories with wisdom, wit and a heartbreaking blow that, foreseen or not, leaves an emotional impact. This fil...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

The Gospel According to Liz

Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city.


Music Stories
Hope is a common theme when speaking with Liz Vice about her debut album, There’s a Light. Rich with throwback R&B influences, the album features 10 tracks of Vice’s dynamic, soulful vocal   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: The Last Five Years

A review of Portland Center Stage's production of the contemporary musical.

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The Last Five Years begins at the end of a love story—but also at the beginning. That might sound like a sappy rom-com tagline, but don’t be mistaken: This two-character musical, presented by Portland Center Stage and directed by Nancy Keystone, features separate timelines, one going forward and the other backwards, as our co...   More
 
Monday, May 5, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, April 19

Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t.


Music Stories
[FOLK] Alynda Lee Segarra admits she’s gotten soft. Once a teenage vagabond, who left home before she was old enough to vote and spent time hopping freight trains and hitchhiking around the co   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Emio Greco, Rocco

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Upon entering the Newmark Theatre for Rocco, a work choreographed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Schoten that White Bird is presenting in its U.S. premiere, audiences will find a full-blown boxing ring on the stage. Part of the audience gets to sit ringside, facing two boxers, both dressed in shiny athletic shorts and dragging on cigarettes, wh...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 by KAITIE TODD
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