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Shifting Gears

Jammin' 95.5 radio host PK gets outta the PlayHouse and into the bike lane.

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When the first car zoomed by only about a foot to our left as we pedaled uphill from Rose City Radio on Southwest Bancroft Street to the Willamette Greenway bike path, Jammin' 95.5 on-air personality ...   More
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Jason Simms

Grey Metal

Agalloch, Portland's greatest metal band, lurks in the shadows of the Pacific Northwest.

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For the past decade or so of their friendship, John Haughm and Don Anderson have indulged in the same activities many of us do: Taking in art films at independent theaters, or coffee and beers on Sout ...   More
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Jason Simms


Local bands make hard-earned new fans at Warped Tour.

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In the cutthroat-fight-for-shade, four-dollar-Gatorade world of Warped Tour, I have long had two dreams: The musician in me has wanted to play a small Warped stage, gaining hundreds of new fans, while ...   More
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 Jason Simms

Black Metal In Pink Tights

For 10 years JonnyX and the Groadies have managed to stay underground with one of the most spectacular shows around.

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"The Portland scene is so huge and there's so much different stuff that's well-supported, that you can totally miss out on really awesome stuff and never know it," says bassist DJ Invisible Touch abou ...   More
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Jason Simms

Night Of The Beast

A metalhead's guide to the most unholy night of the century.

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The calendar date 6/6/6 has occurred once a century for the past 2,000 years, and on none of those days did Satan emerge from the underworld. In fact, there was a whole beastly year, 666 AD, in which ...   More
Wednesday, May 31, 2006 Jason Simms

Wrecking Crew

A songwriting ride-along with the madwoman behind LKN.

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At a recent house show, Lauren K. Newman—who by the end of her performance was wearing nothing but flesh-colored panties—momentarily ceased swirly-banging to throw her guitar at a fan who ...   More
Wednesday, May 3, 2006 Jason Simms

Do The Plan R

The Portland punks are going away, but their moves are here to stay.

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For most punk bands, a show that inspires the pogo, slam dancing, and maybe even a chicken fight or two will do. But not for Plan R. Over the past couple of years, the Portland punk band and its fans ...   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2006 Jason Simms

Food Reviews & Stories
With Iron City in either bottle or tall can ($1 at happy hour), this is a blue-collar bar with style. Rub elbows with local punk musicians and 12-foot-bike-riding clowns from across the street at tiled tables, or take in a show in the adjacent room with removable theater seating for rocking out or a   More
Tuesday, November 30, 1999 Jason Simms
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