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Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)


Album Reviews
[PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vacilando

While They Were Dancing (Fluff & Gravy)


Album Reviews
[STONED ROOTS] It should maybe fall under the full-disclosure category that I’m a huge fan of sleepy, atmospheric, low-tempo, vaguely Midwestern pop tunes that feature the pedal steel guitar. The mo   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Half Past, Present Pending (Fluff And Gravy)


Album Reviews
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Coykendall is known primarily for his role as a producer and engineer who helps build robust soundscapes for some of Portland’s best bands, from M. Ward to Blitzen Tra   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Elvis Costello Wednesday, July 8

Who loves the sun? Not this guy.


Music Stories
In April 1991, Elvis Costello released an unsettling promotional video from his upcoming album, Mighty Like a Rose. The opening shot is of waves lapping in slow motion at night, double exposed with a    More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

High Fidelity

The stoniest Portland albums ever.


Music Stories
Oregon wasn’t the first state to legalize marijuana, but maybe that’s because we were too busy making heavy, trippy, funky or otherwise mind-expanding music to remember to mail in our ballots. Som   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)


Album Reviews
[FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

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
 

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