Festival Review: The Sasquatch Superlatives

The best things we saw and heard at the annual Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza.

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Music
While Sasquatch remains the most mellow of the upper-tier North American gatherings, each passing year finds the festival at odds with the region’s formerly rockist tendencies, casting the widest net possible in hopes of getting anyone and everyone in the Pacific Northwest and beyond on the grass with a Bud Light Lime-a-Rita in their hands. Plenty of bands who make a ruckus with guitar, bass ...   More
 
Friday, May 29, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Live Review: Sleater-Kinney at Crystal Ballroom, 5/5

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Music
Sleater-Kinney are finally home.  After starting its reunion tour in Spokane, of all places, the band returned to the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday night to play the same venue where it ended its original run in 2006. It was a cause for celebration, sure, but Sleater-Kinney didn’t spend much time leaning on past glories. Opening with the fierce punch of “Price Tag” and “Fangless,” the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Exhume Yr Idols

The return of Sleater-Kinney.


Music Stories
“Did you see what I put on Instagram?” Carrie Brownstein asks the table at the Observatory, a homey bistro in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood, where she and her once-again bandmates, dr   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Local Sleater-Kinney Landmarks


Top 5
1. Southwest Broadway  The photo on the cover of 1999’s The Hot Rock depicts the band hailing a cab downtown, the Schnitz’s iconic “Portland” sign visible in the background a few blocks    More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Carrie Brownstein's Memoir Has a Release Date

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl publishes Oct. 27.

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Arts & Books
It's Carrie Brownstein's year. The rest of us are only living in it. You already can't escape her on television (Portlandia just wrapped its fifth season, and got renewed for two more), nor in the music press (Sleater-Kinney's first album in a decade, No Cities to Love, came out in January, to widespread acclaim) or the grocery store checkout aisle. And, coming this fall, the bookstore will offer ...   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Cuts of the Week

The five must-hear new songs from Portland artists this week.

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Music
Each week, LocalCut collects the best new Portland music and puts it all in one place for you, the faithful reader, to enjoy. It's like The Week In Rock, with less Tabitha Soren.1. Chromatics, “Just Like You” Ethereal and dreamlike, Chromatics' new single “Just Like You” solidifies the band’s place as an electro post-punk heavyweight. The lead single from the upcoming ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Live Review: Sleater-Kinney at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, Feb. 8

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Music
Who the hell kicks off a tour in Spokane?I’m pretty sure bands actually from Spokane don’t start their tours here, much less a band fans have been clamoring to see again for close to a decade. Yet, this is where Sleater-Kinney decided to play its first show in nine years—at a chain concert venue, in the middle of a drab downtown that seemed to have gone to sleep an hour before Carrie Brownstein, ...   More
 
Monday, February 9, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch a Coyote Ride the MAX in Modest Mouse's New Video

Based on a true story that also inspired a Sleater-Kinney song.

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Music
In what I can only assume is an attempt to offset all the attention the Decemberists and Sleater-Kinney have been receiving the past week, Modest Mouse has revealed another new song from its upcoming album, and given it a Portland-centric video. In this clip for "Coyotes," a slow-building track from the soon to be released Strangers To Ourselves, a lonely Canis latrans takes a ride on the MAX. That's ...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch Sleater-Kinney's First Live Performance In Nine Years

"That's exactly right!" says David Letterman.

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Music
"That's right! That's exactly right!" Exclamations such as that are pretty much the greatest compliment any band playing The Late Show with David Letterman can get from its host, and that's what Sleater-Kinney received last night after ripping through a new song in its first live performance in nine years. The reunited trio's pre-release promo tour for eighth album No Cities to Love took it to the ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Watch a Bunch of Famous People Sing a New Sleater-Kinney Song

Ellen Page, Natasha Lyonne, Andy Samberg, Daryl from The Walking Dead and others lend their celebrity (and voices) to "No Cities to Love."

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Music
Sleater-Kinney were a fairly well-known band when it went on hiatus in 2006. Thanks in no small part to Carrie Brownstein transforming into a bonafide mainstream celebrity, though, the reunited group's profile is arguably higher now than it ever was during its initial 11-year run.  Case in point: This promo video for new album No Cities To Love, featuring a gaggle of famous folks—including Ellen ...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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