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Dead Moon Breakup Confirmed by Agent

Though there is still no statement from the band, WW confirmed this morning with the legendary and beloved local garage punk trio's booking agent that the band is calling it quits. Read the full story here on localCut.com....   More
Monday, December 11, 2006 by Jason Simms

IS DEAD MOON BREAKING UP? [Updated: All Shows Cancelled!]

You might want to sit down for this.

There is a rumor that after nearly 20 years as a band, Dead Moon—arguably the greatest underground rock band in Portland history—is breaking up. Of course, at this point, it is utter hearsay: I've been unable to reach the band for comment, ...   More
Thursday, December 7, 2006 by Jason Simms

Closing Arguments Postponed in Muralist/City/Clear Channel Battle Royale

Standing outside the Multnomah County Courthouse this morning was Joe Cotter—a local muralist who is sticking up for public art in the on-going sign-code dispute Clear Channel has lodged against the City. Apparently, one of the attorneys for Clear Ch...   More
Thursday, November 30, 2006 by Jason Simms

Sprockettes Invitational

Spandex joins two nations at Portland's first international bike danceoff.

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In the two and a half years since the Portland Sprockettes donned their pink spandex and began hoisting mini-bikes over their heads, doing semi-acrobatic two-wheeled tricks and performing booty dance ...   More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Jason Simms

Tragic Inspiration

The inimitable sound and admirable ideals of the local hardcore legends you've never heard of.

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It's earlier this year and I'm wading across a muddy, boot-pummeled North Portland backyard, eager to get out of the cold rain. But as I descend into the basement where local hardcore band Tragedy has ...   More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 Jason Simms

A Fresh Sign

A local artist hopes his role in the latest fight over Portland's sign code can finally mean more murals.

News Stories
Portland's sign code, which restricts both signs and murals to 200 square feet, is catching hell—again.But what's new in this go-round is that professional mural artist Joe Cotter has gotten to ...   More
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Jason Simms

A Real Fake

It took a poser like Borat to bring the real America into focus.

Movie Reviews & Stories
I'm dorky enough to have made "friends" with the title character of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for to Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan on MySpace. I placed Borat (played by the hil ...   More
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Jason Simms

Down On The Corner, Out In The Street

How street performing earned one local man spare change—and an unwanted part in Rent.

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"You got a dollar?" If this ubiquitous question were more often replaced with beautiful music, I'd have a lot fewer dollars. The Portland Police Department estimates that at least four street musician ...   More
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Jason Simms

Pillow Talk

Eight hundred warriors, countless feathers, zero answers—until now. The secrets of the Pioneer Square pillow fights revealed.

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Most objects rain: cats and dogs, blood, men. But pillow-stuffing snows. Like many others in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, March 3, 2006, I was surrounded by feathers—in the air, on the g ...   More
Wednesday, September 13, 2006 Jason Simms

It's Their Prerogative

As Sleater-Kinney moves on, two older, wiser fans weigh in.

Riff City
Last month Sleater-Kinney declared that, after its summmer tour, the band dubbed the best in the world by rock über-critic Greil Marcus in Esquire is not likely to record or perform together agai ...   More
Wednesday, August 9, 2006 Jason Simms
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