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Blaze A New Trail

Tips for surviving without the NBA.

In a world without labor negotiations, the Portland Trail Blazers’ regular season would start on Thursday, Nov. 3. Meetings have been spun as “cautiously optimistic” when they haven’t been    More
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Portland Music All-Stars Ask You to Drop Your Big Bank

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Looks like Pink Martini, Storm Large and the MarchFourth Marching Band aren't the only Portland musicians rallying in support of some of the Occupy movement's biggest platforms. Today I received an email from Portland percussionist/visual artist extraordinaire Rachel Blumberg that she had formed a brand new supergroup—one that will probably never play a show (though we should probably encourage the Move Your Money group to get an actual band together).
Taking cues from Farm Aid and We Are The World—only on a slightly smaller scale—Blumberg has joined with Quasi's Sam Coomes, STLS/Kickball drummer Lisa Schonberg and drummer/songwriter Neal Morgan in a coalition of voices encouraging people in the local music community to stop using big banks. 
Why target musicians? The group explains in its press release: "Traditionally, many touring bands have held their noses and banked with bigger banks because of the accessibility of ATMs and branches across the country, but some credit unions take part in a co-op network that allows greater banking options while on the road, and some local banks cover ATM fee charges."
The group has built a website, moveyourmoneyportand.com, where members of the local music community can pledge to remove their money from the big boys and put it into a local bank or credit union (not that working musicians generally have a lot of money in savings—but every dollar counts, right?). Venues like Doug Fir and Valentine's; bands like The Thermals and Deelay Ceelay; And labels like Kill Rock Stars and Marriage have pledged to make the switch (or were already on board with a local bank or credit union).
The Move Your Money Project is, of course, operating on a national scale, and November 5 is being touted nationwide as "Move Your Money Day." But these four want you to go ahead and get a head start.
The collective's full press release, along with some stats that would be shocking if we didn't see so many shocking stats these days, are below the picture of their slightly nervous faces:

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Three Weekend Shows we Shoulda Told You About (with Videos)

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It usually happens about an hour after I send WW's music section off to the printers: I notice some super-awesome show that we totally missed, and I spend the whole week feeling awful knowing that we could have written up something cool instead of trashing on A Skylit Drive. It hurts. And it hurts extra-bad when the folks promoting the show actually email me well before print deadlines and I just ...   More
Thursday, October 27, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Storm Large and Pink Martini to host a Free Occupy Portland Sing-A-Long Tomorrow

Congressmen and religious leaders will also attend

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Earlier this month, Salon ran a brief but interesting piece noting the minor role music has played at the Occupy protests—in contrast to the protest song-heavy civil rights struggle—and asking if any great folk singers would emerge from the Occupy protests.    More
Thursday, October 27, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

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


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


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.

There's a real baffling passage in the middle of    More
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

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