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Live Review: Taylor Swift at the Rose Garden, Tuesday, Sept. 6


Undeniably talented, remarkably successful and that rare recording artist to match her age with millions of albums sold absent Svengali rumors or meme exploitation, Taylor Swift appears at the tender age of 21 already guaranteed an enduring career never quite of the moment. It's no small testament to the power of the Princess Economy that ticket sales for the ongoing Speak Now tour overwhel...   More
Thursday, September 8, 2011 by JAY HORTON

Primer: Taylor Swift

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Born: 1989 in Wyomissing, Pa. Sounds like: Avril Lavigne’s smarter, soulful, slightly southern gal pal For fans of: Radio Disney Emo Hour Latest release: 2010’s Speak Now, her third album, which    More
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 JAY HORTON

The Tooth Of Crime (Second Dance) (Contagious Theatre)

Sam Shepard’s rock-’n’-roll homicides.

Rock ’n’ roll and stage drama haven’t always made the best of pairings, but, despite a snarling blues-bar-of-the-damned T Bone Burnett score ably wrangled by live band Outland Prey, The Tooth    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 JAY HORTON

Trek in the Park (Atomic Arts)

Summer Spock theater.

Seating space: the final frontier. Rapidly growing and ever more eclectic (though, shall we say, far from diverse) crowds have overwhelmed the smallish amphitheater within Northeast Portland’s Wo   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 JAY HORTON

Live Review: Britney Spears at Rose Garden, Tuesday, June 28


It’s Britneys, bitch! Scores of them. A small army flooded the Rose Garden of conscious-or-no impersonators representing every age, race, gender and, well, shape; for an icon who retains such an unparalleled grip upon tweener tastes, the audience appeared unexpectedly long in the tooth and tight in the leggings. Blame, perhaps, the $40 ticket price or four-hour length—the show finally endin...   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 by JAY HORTON

The Beautiful and the Damned

American Idol is coming to Portland. Here are some things you should know.

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Whether because so few of our residents profess to own a television set or so many of our well-pitched homegrown larynxes manage to attract fans    More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 JAY HORTON

Primer: Britney Spears

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Formed: Out of the clay of Louisiana, Jive Records blessed her with the gift of fame, and so Britney Spears was loosed upon the earth.  Sounds like: Twenty-second-century Nashville. For fans of:    More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 JAY HORTON

Primer: Old 97’s

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Formed: In 1993, when a fight broke during a Dallas bar band rehearsal: “You put alt in my country!” “You put country in my alt!” Sounds like: Suburban cowboys tending their bar-brawl wounds a   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 JAY HORTON

One Night With Janis Joplin (PCS)

Miles and miles and miles of heart.

Portland Center Stage, inexplicably determined that its final show of the season pay tribute to a long-deceased blues belter of dimming celebrity, decided mid-season to shelve the originally schedul   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 JAY HORTON

I Think I Was There

An oral history of Satyricon.

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In 1983, Portland’s Chinatown was, by all accounts, a real shithole. Peppered with empty lots, boarded-up storefronts and dealers pushing cocaine and heroin as casually as a grocery store clerk might ask “paper or plastic?”—it was a part of town best avoided altogether. It was in the heart of this dubious neighborhood that George Touhouliotis, a 36-year-old Greek immigrant and former cab driver with a fondness for poetry and rebellious youth culture, opened an equally dirty bar called Satyricon...   More

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