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The Skeleton Twins

Two of a kind.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Some twins can finish each other’s sentences, or guess what number the other is imagining with to-the-decimal-point accuracy. In The Skeleton Twins, Maggie and Milo’s sibling ESP manifests i   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Worldly Cups

Where to get coffee styles from around the globe in Portland.


Coffee Guide
DARK-ROAST ESPRESSO MACCHIATO - ITALY Caffe Umbria, 303 NW 12th Ave., 241-5300, caffeumbria.com. Caffe Umbria clings to tradition, in part because owner Emanuele Bizzarri is familiar with the    More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, MATTHEW SINGER

Who Is Magic Sword?

Mysterious masked men are coming to deliver Portland from evil via heavy sci-fi electro dance jams. We lift the veil...sort of.

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During what turned out to be the United States' final game of the World Cup earlier this year, the receptionist at Willamette Week came upstairs to pull me away from the office television. "You need to see this," she said. A pair of faceless druids sheathed in black cloaks were kneeling before the front desk, offering me a plastic light saber and a business card with the image of a medieval ...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)


Album Reviews
[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

TBA Diaries: Tim Hecker

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When I interviewed sound artist Tim Hecker recently, I asked about his live show. It’s something I don’t normally do, because YouTube can usually answer such queries for me. But because he's an artist who doesn’t perform that often and who straddles the line between the avant-garde and “conventional” pop...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Swans at Roseland Theater, Sept. 6

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Swans are the Game of Thrones of bands: epic in scale, tonally intense, and if you told me any of the members had once crushed a man's skull with their bare hands, I wouldn't question it. At the Roseland Theater on Sept. 6, each song unfurled with a season's worth of stomach-knotting dread, and most at about half the length of a typical GoT episode. (And even better: no s...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by MATTHEW SINGER

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.


Music Stories
Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

A Katy Perry Reality Tour of Santa Barbara

Pop’s ruling California Girl is coming to extend Portland’s summer. To know her means to know her hometown.


Headout
Summer isn’t over until Katy Perry gets off tour. A native of Santa Barbara, the pop megastar is a human solar panel, powering her rainbow-colored aural gumdrops with all the sunlight and ta   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Show Preview: Swans, Carla Bozulich, Grouper


Music Stories
[TORTURE PORN FOR THE SOUL] Rumor has it that, back in its No Wave heyday, Swans would play so loud it’d cause audiences to vomit. That’s probably an urban myth, but it might as well be true   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Movie Review: The Trip to Italy

On the road again.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The phrase “it is what it is” is a plague on the English language. But in the case of The Trip to Italy, a sequel to 2010’s The Trip, the intrinsic nature of the film—established by its pr   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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