Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-930-1-.html Thu, 23 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Live Not-So-Nude Girls - In the Land of a Thousand strippers, burlesque revivalists have been second-class citizens. Until now. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-10162-live_not_so_nude_girls_in_the_land_of_a_thousand_strippers_burlesque_revivalists_have_been_second_cl.html The Last of the Sad Bastards - 10 years after his death, Elliott Smith is still estranged from Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21396-the_last_of_the_sad_bastards_10_years_after_his_death_elliott_smith_is_still_estranged_from_portland.html 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]]> One Small Dubstep - What is the dance music subgenre dubstep, exactly? Depends on who’s dancing. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17365-one_small_dubstep_what_is_the_dance_music_subgenre_dubstep_exactly_depends_on_whos_dancing.html I don’t belong here. It’s Friday night, and the sold-out Roseland Theater is crammed full of teenagers. Some of the girls are wearing little more than a bra and a tutu; most of the boys are sh]]> Make Love, Not Sense - It’s the David Byrne Dating Game! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19767-make_love_not_sense_its_the_david_byrne_dating_game_.html Will David Byrne ever find a nice girl to settle down with? Ever since Talking Heads broke up in 1991, the restless 60-year-old musician-author-etc. has been playing the field—musically speaki]]> Just A Hobby - Fernando Viciconte tried to quit music. His friends wouldn’t let him. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16873-just_a_hobby_fernando_viciconte_tried_to_quit_music_his_friends_wouldnt_let_him.html When Fernando Viciconte’s friends found out what he’d been doing during his yearlong sabbatical from music, he could hear the shock and disgust in their voices. “Every time they’d run into m]]> Permanent Vacation - Peter Buck talks life after R.E.M., his solo records, sabotaging the Verve, hitchhiking in Portland and not talking to the media. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22438-permanent_vacation_peter_buck_talks_life_after_rem_his_solo_records_sabotaging_the_verve_hitchhiking.html Peter Buck doesn’t need me. Thirty years amassing one of the most sanctified discographies in American music—and a bank account festooned with zeroes—has ensured him of that. R.E.M., the immeasurably ]]> Dirty Songbirds - On the eve of Peaches’ visit, we revisit filthy sex songs for the ages. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17900-dirty_songbirds_on_the_eve_of_peaches_visit_we_revisit_filthy_sex_songs_for_the_ages.html There’s a reason sex comes first in the trio of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Doin’ it has always been the primary thematic interest of pop music, from Jerry Lee Lewis’ shakin’ to Tre]]> Caught Up in the Net - Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden stands up to an anti-piracy bill he says threatens internet freedom. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17788-caught_up_in_the_net_oregon_sen_ron_wyden_stands_up_to_an_anti_piracy_bill_he_says_threatens_interne.html The Pirate Bay is a popular Sweden-based file-sharing hub that allows users to share music, movies...]]> Where are they (PDX Pop) now? - Revisiting the first edition of Portland’s all-ages music tradition a decade later. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20891-where_are_they_%28pdx_pop%29_now_revisiting_the_first_edition_of_portlands_all_ages_music_tradition_.html In 2004, a group of 50 musicians and aficionados, spurred by a conversation on a Web forum, met at the Lucky Lab to discuss how to better connect the community of Portland to the music being made ]]> Buried Alive - Portland film pioneer Don Gronquist was banned, panned and forgotten. He deserved better. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19550-buried_alive_portland_film_pioneer_don_gronquist_was_banned_panned_and_forgotten_he_deserved_better.html Don Gronquist chose a lovely day to revisit the scene of his crime. Sunlight pours into the Pittock Mansion as he lumbers...]]> Hotseat: Robin Lopez - The Blazers’ center talks comic books, <i>The Goonies</i> and his love of almost everything Disney. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21736-hotseat_robin_lopez_the_blazers_center_talks_comic_books_the_goonies_and_his_love_of_almost_everythi.html Robin Lopez is, literally and figuratively, a giant nerd. That’s normally an ill-advised thing to say about someone built like a Greek colossus, but the Blazers’ 7-foot, 255-pound center wou]]> Marc Maron - A veteran comic turns to podcasting for shock therapy and biting laughs. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16762-marc_maron_a_veteran_comic_turns_to_podcasting_for_shock_therapy_and_biting_laughs.html

 Marc Maron is twice-divorced, a recovering addict, a three-time failure as a liberal radio pundit and a veteran comic who over the past

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Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19623-portland_rock_trivia_twelve_absolutely_random_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_portland_music_scene.html 1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...]]> <i>Midnight In Paris</i> - Woody and Owen’s excellent adventure. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17568-midnight_in_paris_woody_and_owens_excellent_adventure.html Sorry to break it to you, New York, but 32 years after he declared you the only city for him in Manhattan, Woody Allen is cheating on you. He’s had trysts in the past, but in Midnight in Paris his ]]> Yes, We Have No Tomatoes - Portland’s indoor gardening shops sell all you need for homegrown medical weed—except advice. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18723-yes_we_have_no_tomatoes_portlands_indoor_gardening_shops_sell_all_you_need_for_homegrown_medical_wee.html Michael Johnson entered the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program two years ago, decades after he quit smoking pot recreationally, to help cope with a debilitating back injury. The 55-year-old reside]]> Kenton Station: Naked and Famous - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17639-kenton_station_naked_and_famous_.html Kenton Station (8303 N Denver, kentonstationportland.com) is an unassuming neighborhood bar built inside a piece of Portland history. In 1909, a meat-packing company built the Kenton Hotel at what's]]> Jared Mees & the Grown Children Saturday, May 14 - If life imitates art, Jared Mees’ life must be pretty hectic about now. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17453-jared_mees_the_grown_children_saturday_may_14_if_life_imitates_art_jared_mees_life_must_be_pretty_he.html [EXHAUSTING POP] At this point, Jared Mees is just trying to keep his shit together.  For the past three years, his life has been a balancing act of responsibilities. On the one hand, there’]]> Happy Birthday, Bruce! - The top five things Bruce Campbell has fought. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17640-happy_birthday_bruce__the_top_five_things_bruce_campbell_has_fought.html Bruce Campbell is God. Well, a kind of god, anyway. To the average person, he is probably most recognizable from his Old Spice ads (or maybe his current role on USA’s Burn Notice, but to quote Azi]]> In The Cooky Jar Friday, March 4 - There’s more to Scott Magee than indie-folk bands. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17003-in_the_cooky_jar_friday_march_4_theres_more_to_scott_magee_than_indie_folk_bands.html [SOUL NIGHT] When Scott Magee decided he wanted to host a night spinning classic soul records at the Woods last spring, there were a few things he needed to accomplish. First, learn how to deejay. T]]> Oil Baron - How Ganja Jon went from nontoker to Portland pot legend. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20281-oil_baron_how_ganja_jon_went_from_nontoker_to_portland_pot_legend.html Marijuana saved Jon Hamm’s life. Sure, the kidney transplant helped. But if it weren’t for pot, the 27-year-old from Roseburg wouldn’t have had the will to make it to the hospital. Affli]]> Endo Days - Hit the black lights, weed is almost legal. Forget everything you know about pot culture. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20290-endo_days_hit_the_black_lights_weed_is_almost_legal_forget_everything_you_know_about_pot_culture.html The highs, they are a-changin’. On Nov. 6, 2012, America’s relationship with marijuana entered a hazy new era. Two states, including Oregon’s northern neighbor, voted to legalize pot, si]]> Keegan Smith: Monday, Oct. 3 - After seven years, Keegan Smith walks away from his band the Fam’s weekly showcase. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18002-keegan_smith_monday_oct_3_after_seven_years_keegan_smith_walks_away_from_his_band_the_fams_weekly_sh.html [SOUL POP] Keegan Smith doesn’t lack confidence, that’s for sure. It’s etched all over his face as he winds through the crowd on the floor of the Bossanova Ballroom, a wireless mic in his ha]]> The Modern Man: Out of Sight - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19383-the_modern_man_out_of_sight_.html “Make me look like George Clooney.” It takes some gall to demand that of a barber, but I figure the stylists at Portland barbershop/bar The Modern Man (5018 NE 22nd Ave., 284-6008, themodernma]]> Hotseat: Joyce Goodman - Becoming Rose Festival royalty ain’t what it used to be. Joyce Goodman knows how to fix that. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19280-hotseat_joyce_goodman_becoming_rose_festival_royalty_aint_what_it_used_to_be_joyce_goodman_knows_how.html In Joyce Goodman’s day, every girl in Portland dreamed of being crowned queen of the Rose Festival. That...
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Sea Changes - New disc <i>We Are the Tide</i> put Blind Pilot to the test. It passed. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17923-sea_changes_new_disc_we_are_the_tide_put_blind_pilot_to_the_test_it_passed.html If you want an idea of what the last few years have been like for Blind Pilot, a good starting point is to watch the promotional video for this year’s MusicfestNW. In the ad, a group of middle-age]]> Summer Guide 2012: Grow Your Own - Marisha Auerbach is growing all of her own produce—in a typical yard. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19326-summer_guide_2012_grow_your_own_marisha_auerbach_is_growing_all_of_her_own_produce%E2%80%94in_a_typi.html Abundance is the spice of Marisha Auerbach’s life. As she guides me through the deliberately plotted pathways of her backyard garden on a cautiously sunny Saturday afternoon, dressed in pink o]]> Holy Sons Saturday, March 26 - Emil Amos isn’t hiding anymore. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17237-holy_sons_saturday_march_26_emil_amos_isnt_hiding_anymore.html [THERAPY FOLK] You can be forgiven for never having heard of Emil Amos. If you haven’t, it’s his own fault, frankly. Although he’s been recording under the alias Holy Sons since the mid-’90s]]> The A/V Club - Eight Portland music video directors you need to know. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20268-the_a_v_club_eight_portland_music_video_directors_you_need_to_know.html Twenty years ago, it used to be that only Axl Rose and Michael Jackson could afford to make music videos that looked like glorified short films. Now, with the advent of the Internet and affordab]]> ’Couve Crawl - A night out in Portland’s northern neighbor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19983-couve_crawl_a_night_out_in_portlands_northern_neighbor.html Vancouver’s nightlife is not bountiful, but it is comprehensive. Along downtown’s Main Street corridor, you’ll find an Irish bar, a sports bar, a martini bar, a wine bar, a discoteca, a br]]> My Dinners With Assholes - In <i>The Trip</i>, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon argue over Michael Caine impressions—and everything else. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17625-my_dinners_with_assholes_in_the_trip_steve_coogan_and_rob_brydon_argue_over_michael_caine_impression.html Toward the end of The Trip, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, entering the final stretch...]]>