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Wayne's World Director to Introduce her Rock Trilogy at Hollywood Theatre

Q&A with Decline of Western Civilization Director Penelope Spheeris


Director Penelope Spheeris won herself a choice spot in the punk-rock pantheon with 1981’s The Decline of Western Civilization, which documented the rowdy Los Angeles scene that spat Black Flag and the Germs into the world. After journeying into the center of the hair-metal void and finding comedy gold for the 19...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by CHRIS STAMM

The Decline of Western Civilization

Filmmaker Penelope Spheeris says her L.A. rock trilogy is her life’s work.

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Wayne’s World director Penelope Spheeris earned a choice spot in the punk-rock pantheon by documenting the rowdy Los Angeles scene that spat Black Flag and the Germs into the world in her The    More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Still Caves

Gnarly For Days (Broken Press)

Album Reviews
[GARAGE PSYCH] It’s been almost three years since Still Caves released its promising debut EP, Static Lips, and while the group’s first full-length is just as raw and raucous as its predecessor, t   More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

The TriMet Trilogy

Portland filmmaker El Gato Negro wants hipsters to have a heart.

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Howard Mitchell is old school. The Portland filmmaker behind the TriMet Trilogy showing at Mission Theater this Sunday cites such deadly earnest (and just plain dead) heavyweights as John Cassavetes,    More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Introducing: Blowout

Music Stories
Who: Laken Wright (bass, vocals), Travis King (guitar), Brennan Facchino (guitar), Nick Everett (drums).  Sounds like: A buzzed and sunny downhill bike ride on the last day of school. For fan   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

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

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

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[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)

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[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)

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[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
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