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Album Review: Fruition

It Won’t Be Long Ep (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[ROOTS MUSIC] Pretty tends to eclipse everything around it. And in pop music, that’s generally a good thing. Some of the prettiest music being made today—cough, Bon Iver—doesn’t always hav   More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant: Lush Life


Bar Reviews
 Mark Simon’s head is shaped like a fishbowl. But then, I’m looking at the Portland pianist, between bites of my creamy Pacific Coast Seafood Pasta ($16.50), through the distorting lens of an oversized and underfunded tip jar...    More
 
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The Blazers/Magic Drinking Game (an Almost Live Special Report)

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Sadly, there wil be no live blog for tonight’s epic Blazers/Magic game. But seeing as how this may be the biggest challenge the Blazers have faced all season, we didn’t want to leave you hanging. So we’ve built this 10-point Blazer/Magic drinking game for your enjoyment. Face it, with Dwight Howard taking charge of the competition, this could be the kind of game you want to be drunk for.-...   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys

Early Sessions (ELKO)


Music Stories
[WESTERN SWING AT DUSK] It’s good to hear Pete Krebs’ voice showcased again. The former Hazel singer-guitarist...   More
 
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Clippers at Blazers

Lob City Comes to Rip City

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The camera flashes to the hall just outside the locker room, as it always does before games, and most of the players glance sideways at the camera for a minute or ignore it all together. Nolan Smith, though, flashes a smile and a big peace sign, like he's a giddy fan who has falsely assumed he's on national television. I like that. Looseness. I know Nolan probably won't see the court much—if at ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Luck-One, "Farewell"

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There are some unavoidable differences between Luck-One's latest video—for "Farewell," his kinda-sorta retirement anthem—and Macklemore's breakthrough Northwest vid, "The Town." The lingering shots of piles of photos, the rooftop rapping segment, the warm shots of friends and family—all of these were in Zia Mohajerjasbi's 2009 Mack shoot, and no doubt influenced the visuals for the very pret...   More
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Lakers at Blazers (FOR THE ONLY TIME THIS YEAR!)

It's a Live Blog!

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Andrew Bynum is good. He's real good. He's big, he's quick (considering the bigness) and he plays aggressive basketball. He's especially good at flattening out Puerto Rican point guards who play with a little too much gusto. So that's my word of the day: Bynum. I'm not sure how the Blazers intend to defend the young man, but neither of the team's aging centers are going to be able to keep u...   More
 
Thursday, January 5, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Pancake Breakfast, "PortlandtownUSA"

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Portland has its fair share of anthems. I'm thinking of "Portland Water" by Michael Hurley, "Rose Parade" by Elliott Smith, "Rose City" by Viva Voce, the Decemberists' "On the Bus Mall," that little Loretta Lynn and Jack White number. See, plenty of them. Enough to make a navel-gazing compilation, even (hmmm, file that one away for later, Casey). But I can always use another one.

This civi...   More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Crash Course

In his first full season with the Blazers, Gerald Wallace has emerged as the team’s heart.


News Stories
Gerald Wallace is a quiet guy. So it was something to note when, in the closing seconds of the first half of the Trail Blazers’ game against Sacramento on Dec. 27, he dumped his exhausted, sweat   More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The Prince and the Queen

Liv Warfield has sung in front of 80,000 fans. She’s glad to be home.


Music Stories
In 2006, there was no brighter shining light in Portland’s music scene than Liv Warfield. The R&B singer could bait audiences by laying smoky nu-soul vocal melodies over her band’s underst   More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
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