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Progress Without Pepper Spray

How a burger baron, four indie rockers, a bleeding-heart Muslim and a group of trash tour guides are fighting for the 99%.

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The air is hot and humid in the Portland Building’s dimly lit second-floor auditorium. A mix of flannel-clad twentysomethings, long-haired retirees and fussy neighborhood-watch types have filled   More
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Oh...You Bad 12-inch (Self-released)

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[WAIT, DISCO? REALLY?] I am fascinated by disco. And I don’t mean the contemporary electronic dance music that passes itself off as such: I’m talking half-naked, coke-snorting, mirror-ball, blowjo   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Cool Nutz, "The Cook Up"

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It's nice to see Cool Nutz taking a moment to celebrate his victories in this video: Having a few friends over, cooking up some pasta, passing around the champagne and reminiscing over old albums. It's also nice—in real life, I mean—to see the Godfather of Portland hip-hop embracing his classic material in recent live shows. I first saw this mini-renaissance happening at this summer's Bas...   More
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN



I guess I'm a romantic. 
Of all the tough-talking tracks on Illmaculate's new free download, The Skrill Walton EP (the second free disc he's dropped this year), I pick the love song to post on LocalCut. But, you know, I think Illmac is a romantic at heart, as well: His love songs are often his strongest cuts. Maybe it's all those years of battling that make Illmac's relationship jam...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Deep Cuts: Murs, "The Science"

The MC talks welfare reform, crack, Spike Lee and Occupy Wall Street


Hello and welcome back to my infrequent column, Deep Cuts. If you've forgotten the format, it goes like this: I ask an artist about one song, and we talk at excruciating length about both that song and all its corollaries. This week I'm humbled to have one of my favorite MCs in the world, Murs, here talking about his fantastic song "The Science." Murs, it should be said, plays Refuge TONIG...   More
Monday, November 14, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Video Round-up: Parenthetical Girls, Key Losers, Oxykitten


Hey kids, we know you're all on the edge of your seats keeping an eye on the Occupy drama, but it's music video time! This week's video round-up features an extended Volvo drive, some funky haircuts and lots of explosions. Let's get started right away, shall we?
Key Losers, "Limited Time"
First up, it's the directorial debut from States Rights Records' godhead and party king Steve Sch...   More
Thursday, November 10, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

24-Hours of Modern Warfare 3

Six million Modern Warfare 3 fans can’t be wrong…can they?

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About 24 hours ago, I started playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online in the middle of the Willamette Week office. I have stopped for food, bathroom breaks and occasional unescapable professio   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Slabtown (the bar) is for Sale


Slabtown, one of the few music venues (beyond downtown) in Northwest Portland and the city's second most stacked pinball bar, is going up for sale this week after a five-year run. Brinda Coleman, who bought Slabtown with two other co-owners in 2006 and opened on Groundhog's Day of 2007, has been running the business alone since co-owner Sam Soule left last February, and she says it's time to ...   More
Friday, November 4, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

A Scratch In Time

After 20 years in the underground, DJ Wicked loosens up and lands on TV.

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Kirk Kirkpatrick represents the old guard of Portland hip-hop. The turntablist known as DJ Wicked is old-school not just by tenure, having held down his Wicked Wednesdays night at various venues ov   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Sun Angle

Self-Titled Cassette EP (Self-Released)

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[THREE-WAY] When Charlie Salas-Humara quit his one-man-band-turned-duo, Panther, in 2009, I knew it would only be a matter of time until he returned to the fore of the Portland music scene. And whi   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

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