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Almost Live: Clippers at Blazers

Lob City Comes to Rip City


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!)

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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

Moscow Bar: Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears

Bar Reviews
The first time I tried to visit Moscow Bar (16015 SE Stark St.), I got as far as the front door   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

NYE Show Diaries


The purpose of New Year's Eve isn't really to see great bands. The purpose of New Year's Eve is to get completely trashed and hang out with your friends and make promises you're never going to keep. But Portland keeps throwing great shows our way, so we went to a few and kept diaries of our (admittedly fuzzy) nights on the town. We didn't get to every club in town (Doug Fir, Mississippi Studios an...   More
Monday, January 2, 2012 by CASEY JARMAN

Almost Live: Nuggets at Blazers (Throwback Edition!)


Maybe I should really call this the "Birdman Edition," seeing as how, no matter how minor a role that Denver big man plays with the Nugs, I tend to follow his exploits closely. When I was eating some meatballs over in the media room, a few little kids were chomping down with their mom—guessing she's an NBA mom, but I that's not really my area of expertise—and when the Nuggets ran through the b...   More
Thursday, December 29, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Five Portland Albums Conspicuously Absent From My Year-End Favorites List

In this week's WW, I listed my top 15 favorite local albums of the year. It was hard. This was a great year for Portland music, and a handful of records that didn't make my list keep haunting me. I have a tendency to root for the underdog, so it might not be a surprise readers that many of the albums on my list were from lesser-known or under-the-radar local bands. And while I wouldn't chan...   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

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