Live Review: Broken Bells at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 8/11

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Music
A couple of things stood out about Monday evening’s Broken Bells show at the Schnitz. First, it was at the Schnitz, a venue often utilized by orchestras and philharmonics that is so damn pretty it makes you sick. Why, then, were James Mercer, Danger Mouse and co. bringing their vintage pop to these hallowed walls? Sure, the group is catchy and downright impressive during long stretches ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARK STOCK

Newer Slang

James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.


Music Stories
James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARK STOCK

Portlandia Shooting Fake MusicfestNW at MusicfestNW


Movies & Television
If you see TV cameras while staggering between MusicfestNW venues tonight, give 'em your most disaffected sneer: Portlandia, the IFC improvisational comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, will be shooting incidental footage at MFNW over the next several days. At a mini-junket luncheon today at Besaw's, Armisen (the Saturday Night Live Obama impersonator) and Brownstein (the Sleater-Kinney ...   More
 
Thursday, September 9, 2010 AARON MESH

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