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Show Preview: Babes in Toyland, FEA

Music Stories
[PUNK LEGENDS] As underground grunge, alternative and metal acts graduated to major labels in the early ’90s, only one band fought hard enough to keep its teeth from being filed down. Minneapolis tr   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Rush at Moda Center, 7/21


Rush did an admirable job of teasing fans for well over a year about the prospect of a 40th anniversary tour. The Canadian trio has spent the last decade playing setlists either heavy on new material or focused on self-indulgent specialty eras. R40’s stop at Moda Center on July 21 was payback to anyone who ever liked Rush, as the evening began with material from 2012’s Clockwork Angels<...   More
Thursday, July 23, 2015 by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

While Sleeping Stay Awake (Riding Easy)

Album Reviews
[GATEWAY METAL] Sons of Huns’ sophomore album has significantly upped the ante from their 2013 debut, Banishment Ritual. In nine songs, the trio kicks down the garage door and blasts out onto a high   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Love & Mercy

God only knows what happened to Brian Wilson.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Brian Wilson’s mental breakdown in the mid-1960s is as essential to the Beach Boys mythos as the band’s Pendleton shirts and woodies. Two TV movies and a Barenaked Ladies song told the sto   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Jeremy Robert Johnson, Skullcrack City

Hex and violence.

Jeremy Robert Johnson is a madman. As poster boy for the locally driven Bizarro fiction movement, he’s spent years combating adherence to a single genre, with several collections of violent, d   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.

Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Br’er Rose (Speculative Drama)

Southern charms with a Grimm twist.

Local director Megan Skye Hale’s Br’er Rose is a formidable re-creation of the earliest versions of Sleeping Beauty. The story, a princess cursed to sleep for 100 years, remains intact. Hale   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate, Southgate

Music Stories
[KILLING TECHNOLOGY] In the ’80s, French-Canadian sci-fi thrash quartet Voivod was a contemporary of Metallica and Slayer, infusing progressive themes borrowed from King Crimson and Van der Graa   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Live Review: Sleep at Crystal Ballroom, Feb. 6


Sleep finally delivered the reunion show that Portland deserved to see. Back in 2010, when the stoner metal legends headlined the Roseland for MusicfestNW, only the most head-in-the-grass worshippers failed to notice that something was awry onstage. Guitarist Matt Pike was in the depths of his alcoh...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by NATHAN CARSON

Move That Dope

The saga of Sleep’s stoner metal opus, as told by its Portland-based producer.

Music Stories
Sleep is a case study in the classic underground success story. High-school pals in San Jose, Calif., who went on to create a blueprint for modern  Sabbath-worshipping stoner metal, the ban   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NATHAN CARSON
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