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Live Review: Prince at Tacoma Dome, Monday, Dec. 19

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The Tacoma Dome turns out to be a fine place to see a show.

After years of passing the stadium—which kinda resembles a cold war military installation from the afar—en route to Seattle, I was almost as excited to see the place from the inside as I was to see pop legend Prince. And my curiosity paid off: The interior of the Tacoma Dome looks like something Buckminster Fuller might design ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

The Woods' Co-owner Ritchie Young Talks About his Club's Last Stand

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UPDATE (2:30 pm): Co-owner Vivien Lyon says that the venue's landlords didn't get an initial loan, and that talks are back on to get the venue a new lease. She puts the Woods' chances for survival at "30 percent," which is a lot better than Ritchie Young's initial "five percent" estimate. We will keep you updated.

In last week’s WW, we reported that The Woods—the Sellwood neighborhood�...   More
 
Monday, December 19, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Lovers

I Was the East (Badman Recordings)


Album Reviews
[EARLY ELECTRO-POP] I’m not sure how big of a market there really is for I Was the East, a compilation of alternate versions and B-sides from Portland-based Lovers’ masterful 2009 record, I Am the   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video Premiere: AgesandAges, "Souvenir"

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You can combine all the CGI technology and special effects in the world for some pretty rad-looking explosions, but for truly trippy visuals, nothing beats good old-fashioned ingenuity. Director Hayley Young proves this on AgesandAges' new video for "Souvenir," a topsy-turvy visual affair at least partially filmed in reverse. Lots of people-power here, but not a lot of special effects budget.
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Bosko, "Occupy Until" (Free Download)

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Bosko, the Portland-bred Cool Nutz cohort who now lives as a "superproducer" in LA. I quote the title only because it's a little silly—Bosko's credentials are super-solid, including his elaborate work with Big Boi and some collabos with Kanye West (and, it should be noted, talkbox and production on J. Cole's new single, "Workout"). But I did not, until today, consider Bosko a political mind (aft...   More
 
Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Bicycle"


Smoking is not cool.

Driving rad cars, stealing and hitting shit with a baseball bat? That is cool. Smoking, though? Not cool. So we're in full support of all the parts of this new Unknown Mortal Orchestra video, which premiered on SPIN Magazine's site yesterday, wherein the vid's sexy protagonist—Liv Taylor is probably too old to keep playing the trouble-making rock video girl, so we're...   More
 
Thursday, December 8, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Chris Walla

The Death Cabbie talks Bowie, Twitter and mushy music.


Music Stories
It’s kind of amazing what Death Cab for Cutie—a band often dismissed as kids’ stuff or the mushy embodiment of all things “emo”—gets away with. This year’s Codes and Keys is an ambit   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Memo to Last-Minute Santa Clauses

WW’s Fifth Annual Holiday Compilation Will Change History.


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The first incarnation of WW’s annual holiday album, Another Gray Christmas, opened with lots of swearing.   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Gift Guide 2011: St. Johns


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Pattie’s Home Plate Cafe and Fountain8501 N Lombard St., 289-7285.The sock hop/diner/thrift store/yarn shop/DVD store-hybrid business model never really took off, and for good reason, but that d   More
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Lovers, "How Beautiful You Are," I Was the East (Badman)

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Lovers' I Am the West is one of my all-time favorite Portland albums. If you counted up all my spins on local albums, I'd imagine that one tallies in the top 10. I still remembering popping the disc into my computer when it arrived almost unmarked in the mail: I knew nothing about Lovers, but I was hooked on first listen. When I found out Carolyn Berk was a Portlander (and in the process of puttin...   More
 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN
 

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