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Album Review: The Sentiments

Self-Titled EP (Simmerdown Productions)

Album Reviews
[SKA] People hate what they don’t understand. That would explain why ska—a genre Frankensteined into all sorts of obnoxious incarnations in the mid- to late-’90s “third wave” boom years�   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Suns at Blazers


So, I might be the only person in the NBA world who finds a joke about Grant Hill drinking Sprite funny. I apologize. I'm a bit of a ham. But here's the good news: THEY GAVE ME THE GOOD SEATS TONIGHT, AND I'VE GOT A SPLITTING HEADACHE! 
Well, part of that's good news anyway. Now let's get ready for some weekend blogging action. Are you with me, Portland!?
Friday, January 27, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Big (and Small) Changes at the Hawthorne Theater (with Photos)


When the Hawthorne Theater hosts its grand re-opening next weekend (see details at the bottom of this post), it will not be as a country bar.
This is good news. The Hawthorne is at the center of Portland's all-ages ecosystem, where it's desperately needed. There are bigger 20-and-under venues (Crystal Ballroom, Roseland, Wonder Ballroom) and house shows may do more to facilitate grassroots...   More
Thursday, January 26, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Red Fang, "Hank is Dead"


Red Fang is making the best music videos in Portland. On this, their third vid in an epic trilogy for Relapse Records, the band shows off a few familiar themes—beer, driving around, watches drawn in sharpie—but also gives a lot of love to its hometown and the legions of air guitarists that live here. This new video is a bit lower-key than the band's first epic two, which found them    More
Thursday, January 26, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Grizzlies at Blazers


PRE-GAME!Last night's caption contest was won by JDSUNTAN. I owe him a high five and a thumbs-up. Apologies to Ben, whom I will still give a thumbs-up as a consolation prize when I see him at work tomorrow. 
So, here at the Rose Garden, they're playing "Walking in Memphis" as the Grizzlies take the court. It's almost as awesome and deflating as "Rocky Mountain High" for the Nuggets,...   More
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Kings vs. Blazers


Participate in our "Why is DeMarcus Cousins Crying" caption contest now! Winners will receive high-fives and thumbs-ups! Post your caption in the comments section below!
The Blazers always come out to music that one of the players picked for the evening. Generally the players pick some dirty south rap or club cut.Tonight it was Nolan Smith's turn. He chose "Party in th...   More
Monday, January 23, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

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)


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

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