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The Other Murphy

In the post-Chappelle era, Charlie Murphy is getting serious about stand-up.

IMAGE: 3000 Eyes EntertainmentCharlie Murphy has been busy in the six years since he told stories on Chappelle’s Show of his ’80s-era rabble-rousing with Rick James. After TV and movie app ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Jim Sandberg

Nine Inch Nails at the Rose Garden, Sunday Dec. 7

Well, Nine Inch Nails is still around, and I have to say that I'm surprised that Trent Reznor has managed to stay relevant. Let me explain: Though it isn't news to those who pay attention to this sort of thing, Nine Inch Nails was huge in the early to mid-nineties, bloated as the millennium turne...   More
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 by Jim Sandberg

TBA DIARY: Lemon Andersen—Another Perspective

Photo by Carolezoom.

It's an odd feeling, entering and being politely ushered into the posh Winningstad Theater with Nas' Illmatic playing low over the speakers. Despite the venue or volume, that seminal record was appropriate chamber music for the perf...   More
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 by Jim Sandberg

Wyclef Jean at the Roseland, July 20th 2008

Wyclef Jean's first Portland appearance last night was nothing short of amazing, despite, actually, being pretty short.

Flags from the Caribbean and the Americas hung all around the balcony, successfully evoking Wyclef's internationalist fervor—coupled with the ...   More
Monday, July 21, 2008 by Jim Sandberg

Drink 2008

Food Reviews & Stories
A clean, smoke-free bar with great signature drinks (all $7), including the North Williams: Rebel Yell bourbon with ginger ale (opt for the spicy ginger beer—$2 extra, but it’s worth it). This bar hasn’t forgotten about the other end of the drinking-patron spectrum, either; the usu   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 Jim Sandberg

World's Greatest Ghosts, Friday, Dec. 14

[SYNTH POP] The rock-star dream has changed. Reality has set in. “Making it” will likely never happen, and—as we’ve been shown by VH1—once you get there, it may not be all that great. Nevertheless, kids are still starting bands, and Portland has become o...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

World’s Greatest Ghosts Friday, Dec. 14

Portland synth-pop specters prove more catchy than spooky.

Music Stories
[SYNTH POP] The rock-star dream has changed. Reality has set in. “Making it” will likely never happen, and—as we’ve been shown by VH1—once you get there, it may not be al ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Jim Sandberg

Norman, "Finding Jefferson" from Norman (self-released)

Though they may be from Corvallis (the land of those damned Beavers), the fellas in Norman seem to have good hearts. The band has a warm, folky pop sound that really works. Here on "Finding Jefferson," the standout track from their self-titled debut, a spunky drum machine keeps time while the band plays sunny guitar...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

No Go Know, "We Are All Things On Fire" from Sleeping is Winning (Union Records)

Man, winter is rough. The cold, the wet, the gloom. If your house is somewhat warm or dry, you can enjoy a winter day. If it isn't—as many houses aren't—you're miserable inside because it's cold and damp, and the only respite from the tyranny of winter is that it's not raining inside. Post-rock seems to ...   More
Friday, November 30, 2007 by Jim Sandberg

Rock Band ? A Rock Band

The latest big thing in video games (other than Super Mario Galaxy) is Rock Band—a crazy mix of Karaoke Revolution and Guitar Hero where you get to play real songs and "Simon Says" your way through them on guitar, bass, drums or on the microphone.

The game was developed by Harmonix, the team that made the three wildly popular Guitar Hero games, so If you've seen Guitar Hero pl...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 by Jim Sandberg
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