Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.
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
[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,
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
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
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...
Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city.
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
A review of Portland Center Stage's production of the contemporary musical.
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...
Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t.
[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
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...
[INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do,
doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so
much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls