Rastaman Reverberations

For Canadian songwriter Doug Paisley, all country roads lead to Kingston.

Music Stories
For a native Canadian who’s established himself as a country-blues force, it’s odd to think that Doug Paisley’s roots are actually planted in the sandy foundations of reggae.  Growing   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Oh Darling: Saturday, May 10

Not even L.A. could bum out Portland’s shiniest, happiest band.

Music Stories
Almost any write-up you can find on Oh Darling describes the Portland band with a few choice synonyms: “Cute.” “Adorable.” “Cheerios in chocolate milk.” It’s like reading reviews for   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Introducing…: A Happy Death

Music Stories
Who: Ryan Joseph Lella (vocals, guitar), Mathieu Lewis Rolland (drums), Jaclyn Hardin (organ) and Michael McInerney (bass). Sounds like: A beach party hosted by surfers with a studded-leather jewelry   More
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 ANDREW STEINBEISER

Going Back to Austin? Nah, I Don't Think So. (But Maybe.)

After arguably the most maligned SXSW ever, we ask Portland bands: Was it worth it?


South By Southwest, once the golden ticket to musical stardom, has become as important as a LinkedIn connection for Portland’s local bands and musicians.With its skyrocketing popularity over the past few years, the Austin-based festival has shed its skin as a platform for scrappy bands to prove their worth. In its place is a beer- drenched free-for-all...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by ANDREW STEINBEISER

Battle of the Buffys

How does a Buffy parody play stack up against the 1992 movie?


There’s a special circle in the Hells of Hollywood where even films like Live Free or Die Hard or My Super Ex-Girlfriend dare not enter. It’s a place occupied by films so despicable, so offensive to our collective intelligence, that their very existence has to be a joke. You know the ones: Batman and Robin. Battle Field Earth. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians   More
Monday, March 10, 2014 by ANDREW STEINBEISER
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