10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland.
Elliott Smith sang it himself: Pictures of him are always wrong.
So the photo of him
at Disneyland, taken in 1996, must be Photoshopped, right? The saddest
songwriter in the world—a man who co
48 NE Division St., Gresham, 491-0323, elinkarestaurant.com.
[LOS POLLOS HERMANOS] Shoved away
in a nondescript strip mall alongside a greasy Mexican joint and a
party-supply store, Pollos a la B
2103 N Killingsworth St., 289-3709, mextiza.com.
[PAN-MEXICAN] Mexican restaurants can impress most Portland gringos simply by serving
burritos that manage to stay inside the tortilla. Mextiza owne
10 NE 28th Ave., 232-3555, navarreportland.blogspot.com.
[SIPS AND SMALL PLATES]
Navarre wowed Portland when it opened in 2001, serving Italian-,
French- and Spanish-inspired small plates with fo
[MONSTROUS ROCK] In the clash of stoner-metal titans, Red
Fang isn’t going to out-sexy Queens of the Stone Age or out-melody
Torche or out-conceptualize its labelmate Baroness, but it will bully
[REDISCOVERED PUNK] Ninety seconds into this excavation of
the deceptively named late-’70s proto-riot grrrls the Neo Boys, the
band flubs a part, stops, and starts the song over, as a live crowd
Remembering the night Dave Chappelle took over Portland—and didn’t even perform.
Forget the Arab Spring: For me, the true power of social
media emerged on July 14, 2009, the day Dave Chappelle shut down
Portland. A rumor, spread via Twitter, that the elusive comic was
PLUS! A few tidbits about the ultimate garage rock nugget on the eve of Portland's inaugural Louie Louie Day!
Andy Warhol famously noted that everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. He failed to mention that at least half will get theirs by covering “Louie Louie.” It’s the greatest example of a song taking on a life of its own: If the downtown Portland studio where the Kingsmen laid down their definitive version collapsed immediately after the ses...
A story of bearded Cupids, Christmas lights and Portland’s favorite songwriter.
Hazel didn’t care about being famous. It only wanted to be legendary.
Which helps explain the Christmas
lights. The power-pop foursome, led by singer-songwriter Pete Krebs,
played its first s