[HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper,
probably won’t ever be slotted into the same category of chanteuse as
Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. What Harris has done in more than
The Conan staff writer talks about dead dad jokes, working in TV and offending her audience.
Laurie Kilmartin leads a double—or triple—life. She’s been onstage for 27 years, spending time in the last decade writing punchlines for late-nite TV, including her current stint on Conan. Kilmartin’s still a nightclub fixture, though, cracking jokes about all the uncomfortable daily problems we encounter—everything f...More
[ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to
convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11
tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city.
The comedian and former Daily Show correspondent on Bill Cosby, puppets and gory cartoons.
Wyatt Cenac spent four years on The Daily Show with John Stewart. It’s easy to hear how some of his longer standup bits bear that influence: A politically charged, cynical overtone courses through his stories. Still, he was doing standup long before landing the Comedy Central gig, and he also worked on King of the Hill...
[FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British
rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music,
arriving at something that over time has been both internationall
[POP DEPENDENCE] Considering the album title is almost an
Alice Cooper reference and the band’s name is cribbed from a postwar,
neo-realist film, it’d be reasonable to expect a rich tapestry
The CrabFeast co-host goes from Baltimore to Beverly Hills.
Comedy and Variety
Many standup comedians aspire to that
vaunted everyman shtick. Few truly attain it. And even fewer pull it off
while still offering shrewd insight into our daily struggles to get by.
The Kids in the Hall member talks boobs, red wine and Mr. Heavyfoot.
To describe Dave Foley as a utilitarian humorist would be reductive—but not disingenuous. As part of Kids in the Hall, Foley has been a significant figure in sketch comedy since the ’80s. In the ‘90s, he led a cast on NewsRadio that included Phil Hartman and Stephen Root. And now, while keeping a foot in both the sketch-comedy and sitcom worlds, the L.A. resident has also re...
Portland sample-splicers weave philosophy with comic books and porn.
With so many varied projects, Emil Amos finds himself
guzzling coffee just to keep up. Every group he’s involved with, he
says, pulls from sources of Eastern inspiration, both melodically and