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Album Review: Radiation City

Cool Nightmare (Tender Loving Empire)

Album Reviews
[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   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Extended Q&A: John K Samson


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 ...   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Part-Time Poet

John K. Samson is a genius songwriter. He might quit.

Music Stories
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 p   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Thunder at Blazers


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...   More
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Warriors at Blazers


 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 ...   More
Sunday, March 25, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Nicholas Harris of Soul'd Out Festival


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...   More
Thursday, March 22, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Seven Secrets To Loving SXSW

Advice for wayward travelers from a four-year festival veteran.

Music Stories
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   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Luck-One & Dekk

Beautiful Music Part 2

Music Stories
[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 d   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Mic Check: The Candlelight Room

Music Stories
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   More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Tex Mix

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    More
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
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