[FUTURE POP] I don’t think the members of Radiation City
are perfectionists, but together they make some perfect pop music. The
Portland quintet’s live shows sound like elaborately produced st
I often say, without thinking about it too much, that John K Samson is the greatest living songwriter. I really should say he's "my favorite" instead of getting all high and mighty about it, but I suppose that in pushing the issue, I hope to get people to pay attention to his words and the truth that seems inherent in his storytelling. His songs—with the Weakerthans or on his own—always offer ...
John K. Samson is a genius songwriter. He might quit.
In his 15-year career as frontman for the Weakerthans and
as a solo artist, John K. Samson has written dozens of increasingly
masterful story songs from the perspectives of bed-ridden hospital
Hello, Portland. It's me, Casey. I'll be here all week, keeping track of the newly shuffled Blazers, who are 3-and-3 in the post-Nate era. Neither tanking nor embarking on an inspired comeback run, the Blazers are, as they have been for most of the season, stuck in the middle like Jimmy Eat World. The lower middle. Tonight they hope for a small miracle against the Oklahoma City Thunder, whom they...
So, the Golden State Warriors generally cream the Blazers. This time, I'd say all bets are off. Both teams' lineups look a lot different than they did a couple of weeks ago, due to both injury and trades. There are at least two Warriors on the floor tonight who I'm just gonna have to look up. And I have watched like a dozen Warriors games this year.FIRST QUARTER!10:20
Golden State ...
Festival season being nearly upon us, we thought we'd talk to one of the folks who makes them happen. The Soul'd Out fest, now in its third year, seems the least likely of all Portland's music festivals. It is focused primarily on black music in a city often lampooned for its whiteness, and—despite highbrow offerings from folks like Portland-raised Esperanza Spalding and jazz legend Dr. Lonnie S...
Advice for wayward travelers from a four-year festival veteran.
Every year I learn a few more what-not-to-dos at Austin’s
SXSW music festival: Don’t sleep in too late or you’ll miss the free
tacos; RSVP for everything, just in case; don’t make elaborat
[HIP-HOP] First things first: Beautiful Music Part 2
is the best album Luck-One has recorded to date. It’s a fine mix of the
personal, the political and the spiritual. Dekk’s beats stagger
For the past 28 years, the CandleLight Room has been one
of Portland’s most diverse and laid-back clubs. Though it sits on the
edge of the Portland State University campus, the club has long bee
What Austin food trucks have that Portland food carts don’t.
Food Cart Reviews
The Austin food-cart scene is not all steak, tacos and
steak tacos. In fact, on my visit to what’s often considered the
nation’s No. 2 food-cart town (Portland is tops, natch), I even found a