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Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
I'm always a fan of the surreal when it comes to drinking establishments. I like the kind of joints that inspire reactions like, "Whoa, where the fuck am I?" or "What year is this?" I hunt such bars the way other men hunt rare scotch. And Sloan's Tavern, with its telltale 18-wheeler cab jutting from   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Michael Byrne

Drink 2008


Food Reviews & Stories
Easily the northernmost of North Portland bars at nearly a half-mile past St. Johns' tavern-cluttered strip—this bar's ’hood itself is among the most isolated in Portland—the Ranger is nothing less than an outpost. The walls are adorned with fine examples of taxidermy, antlers, dus   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Michael Byrne

Traveling Light


Maybe you have and maybe you haven't noticed that my blog "byline" hasn't been on Local Cut in a really, really long time. It's because I've moved. Back in August I split town--only in theory, and then, the Sunday before last, physically. I'm now the Music Editor of Baltimore's City Paper.

I wa...   More
 
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 by Michael Byrne

LLOYD & MICHAEL, Just as God Made Us (States Rights)


[MINIMALIST POP] Dear Nora fans, rejoice! Though this isn't a proper reunion of the amorphous, Portland-born indie project, it's as close as we're likely to come. A decade after the lo-fi pop outfit's sole permanent member, Katy Davidson, and co-founder Marianna Ritchey parted ways—geographically and mu...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Lloyd & Michael, Just As God Made Us (State Rights Records)

Lloyd & Michael dresses tunes in birthday suits to a beautiful end.


Music Stories
[MINIMALIST POP] Dear Nora fans, rejoice! Though this isn’t a proper reunion of the amorphous, Portland-born indie project, it’s as close as we’re likely to come. A decade after the ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 Michael Byrne

The Northern Note


Bar Reviews
Columbia Boulevard—the mottled, industrial thoroughfare Chopsticks III (535 NE Columbia Blvd., 283-3900) calls home—will never have to fear being labeled “the new Mississippi Avenu ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Michael Byrne

Staying Enthused


The inaugural Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts was epic. Massive to the point of absurdity. Indie-pop kids, noise-heads and music geeks of the hardest core were practically locked into the massive, industrial R.J. Templeton building, former home of Disjecta, for two sweaty, 14-hour days of musical maratho...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Staying Enthused

Cutting back and moving forward with Halleluwah, Part II.


Music Stories
The inaugural Halleluwah Festival of Enthused Arts was epic. Massive to the point of absurdity. Indie-pop kids, noise-heads and music geeks of the hardest core were practically locked into the massive ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Michael Byrne

Girl Talk

11 pm, Roseland Theater.


Special Section Stories
[MASHUP MASTER] It took less than a year for Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis to become the face of the mashup subgenre. Essentially an elevated, wicked-clever form of DJ mixing, mashups were suddenly t ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Michael Byrne

Dirty Projectors

11 pm, Satyricon.


Special Section Stories
[EXPERIMENTAL FREAK-POP] The Dirty Projectors, the project of Brooklynite Dave Longstreth and a massive rotating cast of eclectic co-conspirators, is at the height of experimental indie royalty— ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 Michael Byrne
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