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Polvo

Midnight Saturday, Berbati’s


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[HEROES OF ROCK] “Guitar-based soundtracks to kung-fu movies.” That’s how Polvo describes its sound. But that and any other attempted description just flows through the fingers like ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 Erik Bader

Skull Splitter

A really conversational look at Eat Skull’s fractured noise rock.


Music Stories
Dude No. 1: Duuuude.Dude No. 2: ’Sup, man?Dude No. 1: Not much, just writing this article about Eat Skull. It’s kinda difficult.Dude No. 2: How is that possible? The basic facts are easy: ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2008 Erik Bader

Skull Splitter: A really conversational look at Eat Skull’s fractured noise rock.


Dude No. 1: Duuuude.Dude No. 2: ’Sup, man?Dude No. 1: Not much, just writing this article about Eat Skull. It’s kinda difficult.Dude No. 2: How is that possible? The basic facts are easy: Eat Skull is a totally fucked-up-sounding band from Portland. Four mutant weirdos with wa...   More
 
Tuesday, June 3, 2008 by Erik Bader

Q&A: Aaron Montaigne (of Antioch Arrow, Magick Daggers, etc.)


Before there was emo, there was screamo. And before there was screamo there was Gravity Records, the genre-defying San Diego label that put out bands that sounded like Antioch Arrow—that is to say, that sounded like nothing before or since. Faster than hardcore, more artsy than pu...   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by Erik Bader

GRAILS, Take Refuge In Clean Living (Important)


[DARK INSTRUMENTAL] Some things in Portland arrive with a roar: the exploding foliage of spring, the drunken sailor pub-crawl otherwise referred to as the Rose Parade, the noisy erection of another condo in yet-unnamed waterfront mystery neighborhood. Other things sneak up, like sleepy coffeeshops or new records by ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 by Erik Bader

GRAILS, Take Refuge In Clean Living (Important)

Album Review


Music Stories
[DARK INSTRUMENTAL] Some things in Portland arrive with a roar: the exploding foliage of spring, the drunken sailor pub-crawl otherwise referred to as the Rose Parade, the noisy erection of another co ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Erik Bader

3. Valet

52 points


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WHO: Honey Owens with a revolving cast of contributors.WHAT: Acid-soaked psych-gaze.SOUNDS LIKE: Early Slowdive with longer hair and way heavier drugs, or Brightblack Morning Light and the Doors holdi ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Erik Bader

Swan Songs: Two experimental giants—Inca Ore & Yellow Swans—bid Portland adieu.


One can imagine that the uninitiated, stumbling upon an Inca Ore performance for the first time—witnessing a pixielike young woman hunched over a keyboard, crooning unintelligible, sing-songy poetry into a pedal-treated microphone—might have the old “My kid could do this” reaction usually rese...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 by Erik Bader

Swan Songs

Two experimental giants—Inca Ore & Yellow Swans—bid Portland adieu.


Music Stories
One can imagine that the uninitiated, stumbling upon an Inca Ore performance for the first time—witnessing a pixielike young woman hunched over a keyboard, crooning unintelligible, sing-songy po ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2008 Erik Bader

Brian Michael Bendis

Getting geeky with one of the comic world’s finest.


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If you’re an avid reader of contemporary superhero comics, Brian Michael Bendis needs no introduction. The Portland-based writer/artist hit the comics scene in the mid-’90s, penning noir c ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2008 Erik Bader
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