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Live Review: Refused at Doug Fir, 5/29

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Author’s note: I hate writing live reviews, but WW Music Editor Matt Singer got me into this really expensive show for free so I promised I’d write one. It is written as a stream-of-consciousness sort of thing and I don’t really care if you read it or not.There’s really only one barometer for a band’s success in live performance, and that’s “Did the crowd go apeshit?”...   More
 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 by CASEY JARMAN

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

A Swedish, centenarian Forrest Gump.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Cinema is a peerless cultural ambassador. It cracks entire worlds open and connects us intimately with places we’ll never visit and people we’ll never know. Sometimes, as with The 100-Year-O   More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)


Album Reviews
[HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard from Vursatyl, in the form of his group Lifesavas’ sprawling blaxploitation hip-hopera, Gutterfly. If Vurs were to put out a    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Copy

Chalice Agenda (Audio Dregs)


Album Reviews
[SYNTHETIC POP] Copy entered the Portland music landscape in an era when indie-rock bands and laptop artists seemed to be facing off like two lame gangs from West Side Story. Then here was this    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

9./10. Rasheed Jamal

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 33FORMED: Started performing in 2011.SOUNDS LIKE: A series of Southern-fried subreddits set to stark, minimalist beats.Rasheed Jamal is a rising figure in Portland hip-hop, but he says he’ll   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith’s story told by his Portland compatriots.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The title is wrong. It sounds like a soft-focus TV movie about an angel who dreams of being a runway model. But Heaven Adores You is the most complete, least icky attempt to date at telling the stor   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: 1939 Ensemble

Black Diamond Pearl (Jealous Butcher)


Album Reviews
[SOUNDTRACK SANS FILM] Like Talkdemonic before it, 1939 Ensemble is a minimal instrumental outfit that is slowly loosening its internal set of rules. The former drums-and-vibes duo of Jose Medel   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis

Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis (Fluff & Gravy)


Album Reviews
[FOLK SOUL] Early in her career, Catherine Feeny had what seemed like a pretty straight shot at a life of recording safe, folky pop tunes tailor-made for licensing success. But she chose growt   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: No. 2

No Memory (Jackpot)


Album Reviews
[LOST PORTLAND ROCK] At some point, Elliott Smith fans burn through his all-too-finite discography and wind up at Heatmiser’s last album, Mic City Sons. What that record makes clear is that, d   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Hutch and Kathy

Hutch and Kathy (Jealous Butcher)


Album Reviews
[PRE-PUNK] In an attic somewhere, there’s a cache of photos of me in high school, all zitty and blue-haired, playing Hacky Sack in saggy JNCO jeans. Hutch Harris and Kathy Foster were a few ye   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN
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