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Album Review: Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1

Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1 (Good Cheer)

Album Reviews
[PORTLAND POP PRIDE] With a year in its rearview mirror, Portland’s Good Cheer Records formally introduces itself with Sounds Like…Good Cheer Vol. 1, which gives 16 bands a few minutes each to be    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Poison Idea

Confuse & Conquer (Southern Lord)

Album Reviews
[HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Guantanamo Baywatch

Darling…It’s Too Late (Suicide Squeeze)

Album Reviews
[GOLDEN OLDIES] On 2012’s Chest Crawl, Guantanamo Baywatch pushed its surf-punk deep into the murk and stayed there, reveling in the pleasures of getting filthy with bygone sounds. It might    More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Live Review: Waxahatchee and Girlpool at Doug Fir Lounge, 5/1


Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield is incredibly confident. Or slightly mad. Or just a remarkably generous music fan who wants to bless people with glittering pop pleasure even when she’s not on stage. Whatever her motivation, Crutchfield’s tour in support of last month’s Ivy Tripp betrays real bravery, for she has chosen to take the extraordinary Girlpool on the road with her,...   More
Monday, May 4, 2015 by CHRIS STAMM

Live Review: Lightning Bolt and Liturgy at Dante's, 4/29


The case for music as a religious experience collapses the second life grants you a glimpse of true beauty and terror via psilocybin or panic disorder or, like, running too fast for too long, but there are bands who can bring you to the brink of understanding. Lightning Bolt and Liturgy, who share a label (Thrill Jockey) and a purpose (sonic overload), both excel at the kind of incredibly loud w...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by CHRIS STAMM

Last Week Live: Mac DeMarco at Crystal Ballroom, 4/22


The Portland contingent of Mac “And Cheese” DeMarco’s teen legion filled the Crystal Ballroom on a school night, which is not remarkable, because who needs a good night’s sleep when your only morning obligation is being a surly asshole? That so many kids arrived wearing the same brand of cheap, flat-brimmed cap that Mac “The Knife” DeMarco    More
Thursday, April 23, 2015 by CHRIS STAMM

Salad Days

A nostalgia trip through D.C. punk.

Movie Reviews & Stories
The Washington, D.C., punk scene documented in Scott Crawford’s Salad Days was a hydra of privileged brattiness, tough-guy posturing, earnest disaffection and lofty purpose. It was, as youth m   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Selma: Movie Review

With Selma, Ava DuVernay brings the civil rights movement to vivid life.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Movies about humanity’s failures tend to flatter their audiences. Look at yesterday’s folly, they say, and be proud of our relatively democratic present. Too rare are movies that shine a r   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Shadowhouse

Hand in Hand (Mass Media)

Album Reviews
[GOTH PUNK] Like so many of its peers in the increasingly crowded post-punk revival tent, Shadowhouse is an unabashed tomb raider. But the Portland quartet knows that you know retrospection is t   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 CHRIS STAMM

Adult Anarchy

White Lung stays punk, even as it outgrows the punk scene.

Music Stories
As a remedy for frustration, punk rock works well enough. But at this point, the rote formula of short-plus-fast-plus-loud is most effective as a distraction for adolescents or an analgesic for    More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 CHRIS STAMM

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