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March Into Darkness Festival, Friday-Sunday, March 21-23




[DOOM METAL] Growing up, my biggest beef with superhero comics was that they had to reintroduce things we comic fans already knew. Like when Wolverine pops his claws, it'd read: “Wolverine pops his adamantiam claws, adamantiam being the strongest alloy in the u...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 by Erik Bader

March Into Darkness Festival, Friday-Sunday, March 21-23

A dose of exposition for the potential, unindoctrinated doom-metal fan.


Music Stories
[DOOM METAL] Growing up, my biggest beef with superhero comics was that they had to reintroduce things we comic fans already knew. Like when Wolverine pops his claws, it’d read: “Wolverine ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Erik Bader

VALET, Naked Acid (Kranky)


[AMBIENT PSYCH] Certain albums just seem to have a knack for dropping during the right season. Take the Sea and Cake’s records, for example: They’re always sure to come out just in time for mellow backyard barbecues. (I mean, where else does one hear the Sea and Cake?) This previous...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 by Erik Bader

Valet, Naked Acid (Kranky)


Music Stories
[AMBIENT PSYCH] Certain albums just seem to have a knack for dropping during the right season. Take the Sea and Cake’s records, for example: They’re always sure to come out just in time fo ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 Erik Bader

DANAVA, UnonoU (Kemado Records)


[QUASI-METAL] Despite the blatant headbanging and hesher styles, the long hair, cigarettes and cheap beer, metalheads are in fact extremely intelligent people—albeit weird intelligent people—who are capable of many things you are not. They can draw extremely intricate photorealist...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 by Erik Bader

Danava UnonoU (Kemado Records)


Music Stories
[QUASI-METAL] Despite the blatant headbanging and hesher styles, the long hair, cigarettes and cheap beer, metalheads are in fact extremely intelligent people—albeit weird intelligent people&mda ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 Erik Bader

Earth, Jackie-O Motherfucker and Dragging an Ox Through Water at Dante's, Dec. 27, 2007


[PSYCH FOLK] “Jackie-O Motherfucker?” an old-school Portland friend of mine recently remarked over the telephone. “Jesus Christ, I mean who’s even in that band anymore?” It’s a valid question, considering that even Wikipedia lists the local...   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 by Erik Bader

Earth, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Dragging an Ox Through Water Dec. 27 at Dante’s

How many musicians does it take to make a Motherfucker?


Music Stories
[PSYCH FOLK] “Jackie-O Motherfucker?” an old-school Portland friend of mine recently remarked over the telephone. “Jesus Christ, I mean who’s even in that band anymore?” ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 2, 2008 Erik Bader

Farel Dalrymple

A local artist brings a comic book back from the dead—with help from some guy named Jonathan Lethem.


Q & A
In 1975, one of Marvel Comics’ strangest authors, Steve Gerber, scribe of such out-there books as Man-Thing and Howard the Duck , created Omega the Unknown . Weird was an understatement. Ostens ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 Erik Bader

Space Rock: Backspace goes from storefront to forefront—of Portland's all-ages music scene, that is.


Bacon on their doughnuts, basketball on their volcanoes, Smiths in their (Modest) Mice—make no mistake, Portlanders love weird combinations. Take Backspace, a 4-year-old all-purpose cafe where, on any given night, one can sip a latte, swig down Jolt, print out a zine, eat vegan, shoot pool, hear a DJ, or pl...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 by Erik Bader
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