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Diamond Cutters

Portland’s small comics publishers face down a distributor’s belt-tightening.


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On Friday, Jan. 16, the recession hit our comics industry. In comics, Marvel and D.C. may be the “Big Two,” but Diamond Comic Distributors Inc. is the Big One, the exclusive comic store di ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 Brandon Seifert

Beep, Bleep, Beep, Bleep, Wedding Bells Are Ringing


You know the intersection of Northwest 5th Avenue and Couch Street? The corner with Floating World Comics, Ground Kontrol, Backspace and Compound? I always call that spot Geektopia. Then again, given Portland's outsi...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2009 by Brandon Seifert

Live Review: The Portland Cello Project at the Aladdin Theater, Friday, Dec. 5


There's this thing Portland does, this trick it plays on you at times, where you go to what you think is a rock show only to find yourself in the midst of something else entirely. Something older, more refined, cultured, and respectable, lurking under a thin veneer of the contemporary pop zeitgeist....   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Brandon Seifert

Andy Combs And The Moth, Wed., Nov. 26


Andy Combs: Animated bastard child of Ennio Morricone and J.R.R. Tolkien.

[WHIMSICAL POP STORYTELLING] Describing an artist's songs as “all over the musical landscape” is one of the small clichés of music journalism—but for Andy Combs and the Moth, it's not just apt, it's literal. Combs' songs are a landscape.

“It's like the Enchanted Fo...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 by Brandon Seifert

Andy Combs And The Moth, Wed., Nov. 26

Andy Combs: Animated bastard child of Ennio Morricone and J.R.R. Tolkien.


Music Stories
[WHIMSICAL POP STORYTELLING] Describing an artist’s songs as “all over the musical landscape” is one of the small clichés of music journalism—but for Andy Combs and the ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Brandon Seifert

An Anne For All Seasons

Grey Anne’s debut sparkles, whether or not she’s around to defend it.


Music Stories
BY BRANDON SEIFERT 243-2122[CHANGELING POP] Anne Adams is sort of the Cinderella of the Portland music scene. She’s a fascinating and mercurial personality, as direct and sharp in person as she ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 Brandon Seifert

Live Review: Gogol Bordello at the Roseland, Wednesday, Oct. 8


A kid lay sprawled on the sidewalk outside the Roseland.

His hoodie was pulled up over his head, but it was unzipped so you could see the bright colors of his Gogol Bordello shirt. I didn't think twice about him until a phalanx of emergency vehicles showed up. They talked to him a bit ...   More
 
Thursday, October 9, 2008 by Brandon Seifert

Mike Mignola

Hellboy ain’t afraid of no rubber puppets.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Look around Portland right now and you’ll probably see some trace of Mike Mignola’s artistic tentacles. The second film based on his Hellboy comics series, directed by Mexican wunderkind f ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Brandon Seifert

Strike Up the Band

Jared Mees’ songs have humble beginnings, but their finale is grand.


Music Stories
Jared Mees holds up his cell phone. Out of its tiny speaker comes his voice, singing super-falsetto. He’s sitting outside Caffe D’Italia on the corner of Northwest 17th Avenue, and he&rsqu ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 Brandon Seifert

BELATED LIVE REVIEW: Alonzo King + Shaolin Monks


[Ed. note: Brandon Seifert doesn't know from ballet, but he does know his Shaolin Monks. So we sent him to White Bird's presentation of Alonzo King's collaboration with the ass-kicking clerics.]

Martial arts fans and ballet aficionados tend to regard each other...   More
 
Friday, September 26, 2008 by Brandon Seifert
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