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Fall, Glimmer, Fade: Sparkle Reviewed


Whitney Houston's cinematic swan song did not screen by WW's press deadlines. It turns out to be a mere footnote to a life mired in tragedy.
Critics Grade: C
Sparkle could have been the beginning of Whitney Houston's climb back into relevancy and a potential second act t...   More
Friday, August 17, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Searching for Sugar Man

Rodriguez rises from the dead, goes on tour.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Gaining an appreciable level of success outside of one’s home country is not an unusual feat. Just ask Alela Diane, a local singer-songwriter who can fill huge theaters in France while still f   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Crystal Ballroom Installs New Sound System


If we're being perfectly honest with ourselves, you have to admit that you've seen some pretty rough sounding shows at the Crystal Ballroom. Mine was the New Pornographers after the release of Twin Cinema, a show that left the otherwise pristine pop group sounding muddy and fetid. But, just as often, they've dialed things in correctly, making big bands sound even bigger. Well, brace yo...   More
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Wild Goose Festival Comes To Corvalllis


 Festivals centered around faith-based or spiritual concerns tend to be rather dry affairs, with the an ever-revolving lineup of the same CCM acts taking to the stage to preach the good word atop overheated power rock anthems (or, God forbid, hip-hop beats). The Wild Goose Festival was started last year as a reaction to big to-dos...   More
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Video Roundup: Wax Fingers, Michael The Blind, Sir Richard Bishop, March Fourth Marching Band, Illa, Portland Cello Project


 It's the middle of the week, which means that your full on workaday malaise has to be kicking in hard at this point. So, let's see what we can do to snap you right out of that, hmmm? Consider this: you don't have it as bad as the folks in this weird and wonderful little video from Wax Fingers (directed by local photog Inger Klekacz). Just see it through to the end and you'll see ...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

PREMIERE: Watch a New Golden Retriever Video


By now, I hope you've had a chance to read our short profile on the incredible experimental duo Golden Retriever in this week's edition of the paper. And I hope you've already made plans to go see the band's performance tonight at Holocene. Should you still need convincing about the beauty and...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

Golden Retriever: Wednesday, Aug. 1

The Portland experimental duo goes big with help from a great label and some magic beans.

Music Stories
[EXPERIMENTAL DUO] The announcement of a new album by Golden Retriever was big news within the experimental music community, where the modular synth and bass clarinet duo is one of Portland’s mo   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: Ben Mason - "Skin Warming Skin"


 Ben Mason, a fine singer-songwriter from Australia, spent a while here last month hanging out with some friends and falling in love with the local music scene. So much so, that when he got back to his home in Melbourne, he decided to pay tribute to some of his favorite acts from Stumptown by recording a six-song EP Acapulco Volume 2&nb...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by ROBERT HAM

A Saint, a Clown and a Bad Seed

Punk pioneer Ed Kuepper on where he’s been and where he’s going.

Music Stories
Ed Kuepper has had one of the most admirable careers to come out of the ’70s punk scene, keeping one foot in the...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Squarepusher: Tuesday, July 31

Tom Jenkinson rediscovers his roots while reinventing the light show.

Music Stories
[A/V CLUB] Having some sort of visual accompaniment—usually films playing behind the musicians or an elaborate light show—is the norm for electronic musicians. Deadmau5 has the colorful mous   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 ROBERT HAM
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