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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

Album Review: Arctic Flowers

Weaver (Deranged)

Album Reviews
[DARK PUNK] Punks have never been as immune to pandemics as they’d like to think. So it’s not surprising that the past few years of black-metal shoegazing and other such trends have seen the r   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 CHRIS STAMM


Want a queasy sense of discomfort with that?

Movie Reviews & Stories
When I saw the trailer for Compliance a couple months ago, I let loose with one of those deliberate groans that insecure pseudo-intellectuals use to let strangers in the vicinity know that one h   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #51: Leave Home


By the time you read this, I will be in Los Angeles. I think I’m going to stay there a while. So this marks the end of my 13-month attempt to keep tabs on Portland punk rock. My first impulse was to write a long essay about how fucking punk my navel is, but I’ve done a lot of that since last August, and rest assured my self-involvement comes into play plenty in the appreciations that follow.&n...   More
Thursday, September 13, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #50: PDX Punk Now


For my penultimate column (I’m outta here next week) I wanted to throw a party, a little mutual masturbation session starring various Portland punk-affiliated people I’ve crossed paths with since starting Upper Extremities last summer.
So I wrote to some of my favorite folks in town and asked them to send me a few words about their favorite punk (or punk-ish) band in PDX. I do believe my fe...   More
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #49: Same-Sex Dictator (Q&A)


When I was 15 years old I bought a GG Allin album and got so freaked out by it I threw it away. I waited until my family was asleep and set my feet to taking whispery falls through the living room and out to the trash cans on the back patio, where I tossed that filthy disc for good. Allin was too much for me. My pop-punk brain wasn’t ready for such nastiness. I revisited Allin’s oeuvre a coupl...   More
Thursday, August 16, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Youthbitch

Don’t Fuck This Up! (Jonny Cat)

Music Stories
[POP PUNK ’N’ ROLL] Until a few days ago, I’d felt a big brother’s pity for Youthbitch: A shame, I thought, that a band with so much potential would saddle itself with such an awful name.    More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #48: Pataha Hiss Playlist


I had the pleasure of profiling Portland’s garage-pop-punk sweethearts Pataha Hiss for this week’s paper (read it here), but I wasn’t quite able to convey just how deep this trio’s music geekery runs. My hourlong conversation with Chelsea McIntire and Lizzie Flick revealed a band still totally stoke...   More
Friday, August 10, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

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