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Cut of the Day: Your Rival, "I Don't Even Know," Under the Covers with Cougar Montana (Self-released)

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It's the internet age, so maybe the idea of a band seeming "too young" to have absorbed certain influences is a little old-school. Still, I'm shocked to hear a group that's below drinking age and still sounds like Big Star, the Posies, Weezer and Superchunk all wrapped into a semi-sloppy, warm mess of awesome.



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Techonomics

Love it or hate it, Tech N9ne is on top.


Music Stories
Wipe away his trademark face paint, and Tech N9ne is still one of the most fascinating figures in rap. He’s skilled enough to outshine Outkast’s Andre 3000 on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV, busin   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Star Theater: A Star Is Reborn


Bar Reviews
The 100-year-old Star Theater (13 NW 6th Ave., startheaterportland.com) has been a strip joint, a burlesque bar and a speakeasy. Its latest incarnation isn’t the first time the room—with its imp   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Would You Like Indie Rock with That?

Burgerville is now cooler than most of your friends.

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I recently heard a Shaky Hands song playing at Burgerville. I shouldn't have been shocked, considering the Shakies played Burgerville before the beloved Portland rock outfit went on its current hiatus—but it still took me a minute to reconcile what I wa...   More
 
Thursday, October 20, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Is Paul Allen the Reason the NBA's Labor Talks Broke Down?

The New York Times drops a curious reference to the Blazers' owner.

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UPDATE: Adrian Wojna—, Adrian Worja—, Adrian Woorjan— ... Ahem. Adrian W. at Yahoo Sports thinks maybe Paul Allen wants more money because Allen wants to sell the Blazers.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Missing Misery

Ready or not, Portland gets an Elliott Smith documentary from Los Angeles.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Gil Reyes isn’t sure what to expect when he finally screens his 2009 film, Searching for Elliott Smith, in Portland on Friday, eight years after the singer’s death.   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Blackalicious: Friday, Oct. 21

Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel met as students. Students they remain.


Music Stories
[NEW CLASSIC HIP-HOP] In 2002, Sacramento’s Blackalicious had it all: The duo was at the helm...   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Cloudy October

The Metal Jerk (Fieldwerk)


Album Reviews
[DEAR DIARY HIP-HOP] When people tell me they’re not really feeling the Portland hip-hop scene, I point them to Cloudy October. The Portland MC resides at the corner of massive ego and crushing a   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Happy Cloudy October Day, Everybody!

Now thats a free album download we can get behind

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Because my album review won't see daylight until tomorrow's WW hits newsstands, why not take the next 24 hours to decide for yourself what you think of Cloudy October's The Metal Jerk? The most elaborate free download we've heard in a long-ass time is available over at Fieldwerk's website. If you're only going to download one free hip...   More
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: Vocab,

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Man, break-ups can be tough. From the sound of it, Portland MC Vocab is taking his real, real hard.
"You won't get no tears from me," he raps. "No, not even a drop/ If I saw your dead body on the side of the road/ I'd drive off and just leave you to rot."Yikes. I'm going over my mental Rolodex to think of people I might not even call the cops about, were I to find their carcass on the side of t...   More
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN
 

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