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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

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
 

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