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Almost Live: Thunder at Blazers


I'd say the atmosphere here qualifies as "hyped." Especially for a Monday night.
At every Thunder game, you get a handful of fans in Sonics jerseys—this time many of them are right behind the Thunder bench. Seattle has a rich history of protest (I was tear-gassed at the WTO protests, so I know, see), and it's pretty admirable for these folks to keep showing up despite the fact that the Thunde...   More
Monday, February 6, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

The Lion and the Lamb

Laura Gibson learns a few lessons from rock ‘n’ roll...and basketball.

Music Stories
Laura Gibson seemed an unlikely candidate to show a beastly side when she competed in And And And’s basketball tournament last year. The slender, soft-spoken singer-songwriter is known for swa   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Neal Morgan: Sunday, Feb. 5

All Neal Morgan wants to do is play drums and sing. Good thing he sounds amazing doing just that.

Music Stories
[DRUM-’N’-VOICE] When Neal Morgan walks into Stepping Stone Cafe for our interview, his body freezes and his face tightens with puzzlement. Then he points a finger into the air and his face    More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

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

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