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Loch Berlin, "The Cricket Chorus," (Self-Released Demo)

Underexposed while active, Loch Berlin is now officially on “indefinite hiatus,” a status that history indicates means we shouldn't expect to hear from it ever again. (Are you there, Fugazi?!) What little documentation of the music exists, though, shows an impressive blend of pre...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by David Robinson

LKN, "7111819,” Phratry EP, (Phratry Records)

Lauren K. Newman—the allegedly human organism constituting one-woman band LKN—opens up her Phratry EP with a spoof classroom address reminiscent of the narration from shredmeister-general Steve Vai's wah-wah opus extroadinaire “The Audience is Listening.” Appropriate, then, th...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 by David Robinson

Cat Scratch Fever

Bar Reviews
“You can be LL Cool J,” says Josh, the genial bartender at Hungry Tiger Too (207 SE 12th Ave., 238-4321) as he passes me an LL-illustrated ace of hearts after I give him my food order. Leg ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 David Robinson

Drunken Boat, “Golden Boys,” Drunken Boat (Salinas/1-2-3-4 Go! Records)

The historically much-maligned genre of pop punk has been in fine form over the last few years, with a host of incredible albums being dropped on consistently outstanding labels Salinas, Don Giovanni, 1-2-3-4-Go!, and the über-reliable No Idea— at one point single-handedly respons...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 by David Robinson

Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Bar Reviews
“So, you’ll be trying to draw in some of the Marathon crowd from across the street?” I ask Andrew Mechow, owner of newly opened Tequilas Muertos (1650 W Burnside St., 222-1507). &ldq ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 David Robinson

Tragedy, "Conflicting Idea," Vengeance (Tragedy Records)

"Stadium-crust" is a silly term that may hold connotations distasteful to many punks, but it's hard to deny it's a tag which, musically at least, describes Portland hardcore stalwarts Tragedy down to a tee. On record the distinctive "D-beat," drum-led, minor-key sound is beefed up by a massive pr...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2008 by David Robinson

Desert City Soundtrack, "Murderhearts," Contents of Distraction (Deep Elm Records)

One of few disappointments I experienced upon moving to Portland a couple of years ago was discovering that the little gem of an indie band Desert City Soundtrack— whom I'd been extremely excited to learn happened to call Stumptown home—was apparently disbanded. One sol...   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 by David Robinson

Josh Martinez ft Moka Only, "Underground Pop," The World Famous Sex Buffet (Camobear Records)

"Underground Pop," from the brand new album The World Famous Sex Buffet, finds recent LocalCut tour diarist Moustache Martinez reflecting on the life in the rap underground and the "weird trip" since his early days of moving to Vancouver and "fronting my own label when nobody put me...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2008 by David Robinson

Bladen County Update: MFNW Showcase and Other News

Local buzz-label Bladen County Records holds its MFNW showcase tonight at RonToms, featuring 12 of the label's bands and spanning three separate stages. Kicking off at 5 pm, the evening will also feature various vendor booths from a bevy of Portland's finest record labels, designers, photog...   More
Friday, September 5, 2008 by David Robinson

Drink 2009

Food Reviews & Stories
Weekdays a friendly Armenian family-owned neighborhood bar attached to an enticing bakery and deli, this way-out Southeast joint earns its reputation as the craziest Eastern Bloc-accented night out in town strictly for its Friday and Saturday nights. Twice a week closing time is extended a mere eigh   More
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