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Outer Worlds #10: Pigface Records Reborn


Even if you've never had the privilege of visiting the Northeast Portland home of Ju Suk Reet Meate and Rock & Roll Jackie, if you've heard some of the deliciously overstuffed music the two have recorded as The Tenses or as members of the long-running collective Smegma, yo...   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Album Review: The Shivas

Whiteout! (K Records)

Album Reviews
[GARAGE POP] True fans of the Shivas have already heard the songs on their second album a dozen times over, either through seeing the quartet’s sensational live show or by purchasing a copy of W   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Electric Ill

Twisted Light (Amore!Phonics)

Album Reviews
[ELECTRO-POP] Kevin Robinson has already made his name as one half of dream-pop duo Viva Voce and the countrified Blue Giant, and he’s got enough cultural currency saved up to indulge in whateve   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

The Girls With the Golden Egg

When the folk gets going, Shook Twins get weird.

Music Stories
The phrase that gets tossed around most often when publicists and writers talk about the music of Portland’s Shook Twins is “quirky folk.” It’s a simple enough descriptor that’s great to   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #9: New Expressions In Solo Guitar


These are boom times for fans and players of solo guitar music. The past few years have seen an impressive glut of new and reissued recordings that feature a performer eking out beautiful, eerie, and sometimes grotesque noise from a six- or 12-string. The first few months of this year alone have seen the release of some amazing documents from the past, including reissues of    More
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

On the Road

Mad to live­, as Kerouac would have wanted.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The journey to create a film version of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 ode to the Beat Generation, On the Road, has been a treacherous one. Over the years, Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Joel Schum   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Kim Baxter: Wednesday, March 20

Blending real life with the pop life.

Music Stories
[POP] Last April, Kim Baxter, former member of Portland power-twee group All Girl Summer Fun Band, released her first solo album, The Tale of Me and You, though you’re probably unaware of it.    More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Thollem Electric: Wednesday, March 13

A journeyman keyboardist wages war against war.

Music Stories
[KEYBOARD EXPRESSIONISM] Thollem McDonas is quite literally a man without a home. The 46-year-old keyboard master has been circumnavigating the world on a journey of musical exploration for near   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Cut of the Day: "Time Snakes," Sun Angle


Has there been a more hotly anticipated first album by a local band than this Danny Seim-produced debut by Sun Angle? Not for a good long while, I would argue. And for damn good reason too. This trio has been tearing it up on the live circuit for 18 months or more, finding its collective sound and building ample strength along the way.&n...   More
Thursday, March 7, 2013 by ROBERT HAM

Outer Worlds #8: March Music Moderne


Early on in our conversation, Bob Priest, the curator behind March Music Moderne, a monthlong celebration of 20th and 21st century sounds, started to quiz me on what spawned my interest in modern classical and experimental music. I cited the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that famously featured the opening ...   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by ROBERT HAM
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