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Album Review: Your Rival

Seven Sparkling Children (Self-Released)

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[POP SONGS] I don’t think I ask too much of pop songs. I want them to physically move me and say something interesting or clever. In fact, if a song can do one of those two things well, I’ll tak   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

I Am Legend

A larger-than-life Blazer legend stops by to say goodbye.

Arvydas Sabonis, who entered the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., on Aug. 11, might be the best-loved Portland Trail Blazer of all time. Sure, Bill Walton won the te   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Top Five Portland Bands with Summer Releases

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic (out 8/23) Yeah, the Jicks still count as a Portland band even with Malkmus moving to Germany. And this disc has been a long time coming   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Mattress, "Only Lonely Souls"

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Growing up, my favorite television show was Pee-Wee's Playhouse. I was especially fond of his video calling booth, inside of which he had a number of different pull-down backdrops and accessories, so that it could appear Pee-Wee was speaking to you from some exotic island, the North Pole or a dude ranch when he answered the phone. I am more than a little reminded of that Pee-Wee tradition a...   More
Friday, August 12, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Beijing There

Punk’s not dead—in China, anyway.

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The most compelling band on this year’s Warped Tour isn’t a tried-and-tested old-school punk act, a guyliner-sporting American emo band or even the token hip-hop dude (sorry, Yelawolf). The most   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Sapient

Eaters Vol. One: Tusks! (Self-Released)

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[BEATS AND BLASTS] Sapient might be too good at his day job of selling beats. While the Sandpeople Producer/MC’s new collection, Eaters Volume One: Tusks!—the first in a planned series of Mad L   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Adderall Canyonly

The Ascension of St. Diamond and the Battles of Oxtest (Field Hymns)

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[ABSTRACT ELECTRONIC] The term “mind-blowing” has lost a little of its potency. It always seemed like an incomplete thought to begin with (blowing up? blowing out? blowing smoke?), but at the he   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Video: Blind Pilot Previews Pretty Bits of We Are the Tide

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The first time Blind Pilot recorded a full-length, it wasn't really a full band. It was Israel Nebeker and his friend Ryan Dobrowski playing around in the studio with Portland producer Skyler Norwood. The resulting record, 3 Rounds and a Sound, had a lo-key charm but it also had moments of swelling orchestration that could fill the room. So following-up that disc, and keeping alive the special atm...   More
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Q&A: Helio Sequence (On its Next Album and, OMG, Laser Helio Sequence)

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I always appreciate it when a publicist goes out of his or her way to mention the Portland angle on a national story. So when ol' Frank Nieto pointed out Portland-based artists playing Seattle's City Arts Fest 2011 (October 20-22 at various Emerald City venues), I paid special attention. That's when I saw this:- Helio Sequence @ The Seattle Laser Dome - an evening with performance, set to a...   More
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN

Rise Against: Rise of the Planet of the Apes Reviewed


Though not screened for critics by WW press deadlines, the latest iteration of the Planet of the Apes franchise has received mostly glowing reviews. We beg to differ.Rise of the Planet of the ApesWW Critic's Score: 17Rise of the Planet of the Apes opens with a family of CGI chimpanzees, in single file, nobly navigatin...   More
Saturday, August 6, 2011 by CASEY JARMAN
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