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Introducing: Burials


Music Stories
Who: Benjamin Caragol (guitars, vocals), Adam Wheeler (bass, vocals), Isaac Davis (drums), Fester (guitars). Sounds like: A battle between marauding Viking ships and deadly sea serpents that just w   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Usnea

Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse)


Album Reviews
[DOOM METAL] On its self-released debut, Usnea offered a psychedelic nightmare of twisted riffage and effects abuse that set the band a comfortable parsec apart from the Portland metal pack. Sop   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Stockholm Syndrome

Why metal fans should love First Aid Kit.


Music Stories
I hate to break it to you, but country music failed us. Once the genre of choice for outlaws and simple folks with big dreams, it’s become a streamlined industry of tepid tunes and Nashville   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Hotseat: Anthony Jeselnik

Talking with the "Satanic prince of standup," who hits Portland for back-to-back shows tonight.

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Comedian Anthony Jeselnik has been called the "Satanic prince of standup.” His deadpan sense of charm underscores his morbidity, and he has a knack for twisting normal situations into sickening epiphanies in a nonchalant manner. Jeselnik got his break writing for Jimmy Fallon, but he’s perhaps best known for his roasts of Roseanne Ba...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Martin Bisi: Thursday, Oct. 23

A producer from New York’s cutting edge leaves the studio.


Music Stories
In the early ’80s, New York was a magical place. The disco scene spilled out across the city from Studio 54, and musical styles as disparate as No Wave and hip-hop mingled and matured in tande   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7/5

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Approaching the Schnitz on Saturday evening made it clear that Nick Cave’s return to Portland was nothing short of a goth holiday. It was date night in black, and anyone who was turned away from his sold out Crystal Ballroom show in 2008 had made damn sure not to make the same mistake.Mark Lanegan ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Nick Cave’s Top Five Acts Of Violence


Top 5
“Deep in the Woods”  Even back in ’83, Cave was already obsessed with drenching his Southern gothic tales in blood. The finale of the Birthday Party’s Bad Seed EP is a first-person a   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Bryan Ferry, Dawn Landes


Music Stories
[LUXURY ROCK] At age 68, Bryan Ferry remains a study in contrasts. He made his name as the coke-addled, space-alien frontman of English glam titans Roxy Music, but outside of that towering, monu   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Deep Cuts: Carcass, "Mount of Execution"

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Liverpool’s Carcass was one of the first purveyors of a particularly brutal subgenre of metal called grindcore. In fact, founding guitarist Bill Steer replaced Justin Broadrick (Godflesh) in Napalm Death, and recorded one side of the seminal Scum album in 1987. Soon after, Steer teamed up with bassist Jeff Walker and drum...   More
 
Friday, March 28, 2014 by NATHAN CARSON

Lucia di Lammermoor

Out for blood.


Theater
Not many 19th-century Italian operas feature a chorus of men pointing rifles at the audience in the first five minutes. But Donizetti’s enduring masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor pulls few punch   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 NATHAN CARSON
 

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