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Cut of the Day: Tu Fawning, "Bones," A Monument (City Slang)

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Tu Fawning started out weird, and if "Bones," the new track leaked today over at RCRD LBL (whatever that is) is any indication, the Tu Fawning disc dropping on May 15 is gonna be a real weird one. The ambitious track—anything that runs over seven minutes long is usually dubbed ambitious, but for this occasion I mean musically, not just length-wise—takes three of those minutes before Tu Fawning...   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Cursive: Sunday, Feb. 19, Bunk Bar

One of indie rock’s stalwart acts finds a rather Grimm calling.


Music Stories
[CONCEPTUAL ROCK] Broken homes are one of Tim Kasher’s favorite subjects. From the arguments and broken dishes strewn across Cursive’s masterful 2000 relationship epic, Domestica, to the claus   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Let it Rain

Portland artists cover classic Portland songs for PDX Pop Now!


Album Reviews
[PORTLAND MUSIC] Why shouldn’t the navel-gazingest city in the country have a compilation of its current bands covering important bands from its past? We’ve got our own TV show, after all.&nbs   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pheasant

Self-Titled (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[INDIE ROCK] Somewhere between And And And’s carefree, swaggering basement pop and Typhoon’s controlled and confessional rock operettas, Pheasant is holding its ground. The local quintet’s s   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Balls Out!

U.S. pinball’s top two players face off in Portland.


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One might assume when the United States’ first- and second-ranked pinball pros hit the same tournament, it’s all strobe lights and smoke machines and Zoolander-esque ego. Not so, says Seattle   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Brew Views: Fletch

Dr. Rosenpenis


Brew Views
I think of Fletch as a sunny film noir. Though Chevy Chase prefers Lakers jerseys to crumpled suits and plays a slacker newspaperman rather than a two-bit detective, the film is surprisingly sim   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Free Portland Jazz Festival Events


Top 5
Jazz Conversation: Roy Nathanson & Curtis Fowlkes with Marty Hughley, Sunday, Feb. 19, at The Art BarThese Jazz Passengers know an awful lot about the New York scene, and hopefully they’ve got   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Portland Hip-Hop is Having a Big Month

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A handful of items of note from the local hip-hop world, in case you, like me, are bad at Twitter. Seriously, I can't remember a time when this much good stuff was pending or seeing release all at the same time, so I had to give it one big rundown. Lots of free music here, so get your ears and your clicking-finger ready.
But first, two items:
1. I have very specifically avoided chiming in...   More
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

A Lovers' Guide to Tonight's Blazers/Wizards Game: An Almost Live Special Report

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I will not be live-blogging tonight's Blazers/Wizards Valentine's Day matchup (too busy being romantic, I'm afraid), but I didn't want to leave you empty-handed. So tonight I give you A Lover's Guide to Portland's Valentine's Day Match-up. It is aimed at the fellas, but please feel free to switch all the gender-specific terminology to suit your needs.

POPPING THE QUESTIONIf your Vale...   More
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Lackthereof (Menomena's Danny Seim) Releases Free EP

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I don't have one of those little Daily Quotation calendars on my desk, but sometimes when I'm feeling hard up for writing ideas, I'll go to one of those awful ad-swamped quotation websites and try to find some strength (or just crib an idea) from the words of wiser men. Danny Seim, whom you know as Menomena's singer-percussionist, did the same thing when looking for inspiration for    More
 
Friday, February 10, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN
 

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