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How to Ride a Wake

Or, the Arcade Fire puts the fun in Funeral.


Music Stories
The short history of the Arcade Fire is fast being laid down in meteoric highs and dismal lows. During the year and a half since forming, the Montreal sextet has lived through the deaths of three fami ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Josh Parish

Everyone's An Outlaw Now

Stomping along with other Portland old-timey acts, Power of County digs up the past. But don't call it bluegrass.


Music Stories
Something's different about the audience at the Power of County show on a recent Friday night at Billy Ray's. Indie kids and cowboys tap shoes and boots in time to the scrap-yard rhythms from the wash ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 Josh Parish

Best of Portland READERS POLL 2004


Special Section Stories
While WW has been scouring the town in search of the bits and pieces of Portland that outshine the rest, we also polled you for your favorites. Some 575 voters submitted more than 3,000 entries, thanks to this year's "vote early, vote often" policy. We've sorted and tallied the results, and now present the 2004 Best of Portland Readers' Poll.   More
 
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 Josh Parish

Uncivil Union

While he's breaking the laws of country and hip-hop, Sandman hooks up with actual lawbreakers.


Music Stories
"I'm surrounded by anarchy, but I don't know if I'm an anarchist," laughs folk rapper Chris Sand, a.k.a. Sandman. He's sitting cross-legged and sipping coffee in his Olympia home, a progressive housin ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2004 Josh Parish

The Late Blues Invasion

Fat Possum rescues a handful of bluesmen from obscurity.


Music Stories
Imagine if, after the Beatles first hit it big in the States, the British Invasion hadn't followed them. In this bizarro world, the Rolling Stones are still popular back home--they've been playing scu ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Josh Parish

Falling Out

In light of Richard Clarke's new bombshells, two books also set their sights on Bush & Co.


Books
Call it an idée fixe. Richard Clarke does, in his exposé of President George W. Bush's wartime performance that hit shelves last week. It's an accusation that has been offered twice in t ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 31, 2004 Josh Parish

The Softer Side

Mason Jennings might not always play it serious, but that doesn't mean he plays it safe.


Music Stories
One way or another, every folk singer channels the ghost of Woody Guthrie. Either they play from his tough, serious side (the sorrowful, spiritually acute "Bound for Glory" balladeer), or they play fr ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 10, 2004 Josh Parish

HBO Watch: Iron Jawed Angels


DVD & TV
HBO Watch: Iron Jawed Angels "In oranges and women," says the state psychiatrist who's just examined suffragette leader Alice Paul (Hilary Swank) during her 1920 prison stay following a fiery protest ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Josh Parish
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