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No Guts, No Glory Holes

The Portland Underground Film Festival cleans itself up.

Movie Reviews & Stories
In the early 2000s, former Clinton Street Theater owner Seth Sonstein founded the Portland Underground Film Festival. His mission...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER, CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #36: The Lost Los Angeles Issue


[This issue of Upper Extremities was meant about a month ago. Instead, it runs now! -Ed.] Portland, I miss you. No I don't. I'm in Los Angeles this week. It's impossible to miss anything here, because everything is here. But I envy you a little bit, because there are some killer shows happening inside of you this weekend, and I wish I could be there to get down with you. No I don't. But I s...   More
Friday, June 8, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #41: Five Summer Songs


Screw the solstice. Summer has begun. My teacher friends are putting the finishing touches on another batch of nincompoops. Tender, pale flesh, unsheathed and glowing in the May light, is likely being strutted up and down various sidewalks as you read this, or will be tomorrow or the day after. A hint of hope and maybe even happiness grows in my chest. I am writing this shirtless. Yup: Life is onc...   More
Thursday, May 31, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #40: Memorial Week at the Know


Today marks the beginning of the Know’s stacked Memorial Week series, which will find Portland’s punk hub hosting seven essential shows in as many days. Drafting a comprehensive rundown would have been a fool’s errand, but trust that you could throw a dart at the Know’s concert calendar this week and hit something you need to see. For the more discriminating among you, I’ve attempted a s...   More
Thursday, May 24, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Tragedy

Darker Days Ahead (Self-Released)

Album Reviews
[CRUST PUNK] Tragedy is justly revered the world over for its dense and crepuscular take on crust punk, but an album-length masterpiece has eluded this staunchly DIY Portland quartet since its 2   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #39: Justin Pearson Primer


I interviewed San Diego-based musician-writer-entrepreneur-provocateur Justin Pearson last year, when I profiled Retox, the band with whom he is currently raising a glorious racket. Since then I’ve been wanting to put together a little Pearson primer, because getting a grasp on Pearson’s contributions to punk ...   More
Friday, May 18, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #38: The Mean Jeans Dictionary


I have this problem where I can’t stop listening to the new Mean Jeans album, and it has lately become this problem where I can’t stop writing about the new Mean Jeans album. Mean Jeans on Mars is just that good. It might be the best pop-punk album since Dookie. If a better album comes out this year I will be shocked and then I will probably die from shock. I can't imagine I'll stop cr...   More
Thursday, May 10, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremitities #37: Freedom Club Hits the Road


There is a frustrated musician inside of me. He gets smaller and quieter every day, as age has a way of polishing ambitions until they are round, smooth things that nestle into forgotten corners of the mind, but once in a while I finger that little nub of rock 'n' roll fantasy and get really sad about the fact that I never got to go on tour with any of the shitty bands I've been in.

And so ...   More
Friday, May 4, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Upper Extremities #35: More with Mean Jeans

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Lemme break with journalistic decorum for a minute and get all fanboyish and fawning here. I had the pleasure of interviewing Mean Jeans last Monday, and the two hours I spent picking at those dudes’ lives and songs made me love my life and my job, because I believe Mean Jeans is the best band on the planet right now, and shooting the shit with the mad geniuses responsible for contemporary class...   More
Thursday, April 19, 2012 by CHRIS STAMM

Mean Jeans: Friday, April 20

Mean Jeans grow up a bit, but keep an ’80s teenager’s sense of humor.

Music Stories
[DUMB PUNK] When I arrive at Zach’s Shack to interview Portland’s pop-punk savants Mean Jeans, guitarist-singer Christian (aka Billy Jeans) is hunched over a sketch pad, his attention split be   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CHRIS STAMM
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