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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

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

Q&A: Castanets' Ray Raposa Talks about Portland, Sufjan and new movie Beyond This Place


Maybe Ray Raposa likes surprises. Maybe that's why no two albums from his band, Castanets, sound the same—they go from near-ambient sound experiments to outlaw country-styled rock records—and why Castanets shows in Portland are often such last-minute affairs. We like surprises, too, and we were surprised to hear that Raposa had been working with beloved singer-songwriter-composer Sufjan Steven...   More
Friday, October 14, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Rebecca Gates on Music and Money

The former Spinanes frontwoman tells us what she's been up to as of late

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Portland singer-songwriter Rebecca Gates will soon release her first solo album in over 10 years (she occasionally talks about that here), but the ex-Spinanes frontwoman would rather talk about surveys than new tunes. One survey, in particular: The Future of Music Coalition, an organization she works for, is attempting an ambitious project...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

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