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

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

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

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 2: 10 Rules for Dating My Mom

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Movies & Television
The Peeves: Couples' therapy, stepparents, masculinity, GoPro culture, elaborate wedding proposals that go viral on YouTube.Put a Cap on It: The second episode of the season begins with an ad for Creative Jungle Digital Playground, a media production company—err, glorified wedding videography service. It then cuts to Nina (Fred) and Lance (Carrie)—perhaps best known from Season 1’s “cacao” ...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 1: Power Lunch with Toni and Candace

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Movies & Television
The Peeves: Origin stories, corporate culture, cocaine, pantsuits, feminism, yachts.Put a Cap on It: Usually, the only characters who get backstories are those who’ll generate millions in revenue—your Wolverines, your Darth Vaders, etc. In this season's Portlandia premiere, it's Toni (Carrie) and Candace (Fred), the bespectacled, confrontational owners of feminist bookstore Women and Women First.A ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Feb. 15, 2003: Fred meets Carrie...


40th Anniversary
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen have gone on some memorable dates. They’ve investigated the life history of a free-range chicken they were about to consume, fled zombie hordes of moonlighting   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AARON MESH

Cut of the Day: "Bury Our Friends," Sleater-Kinney

It's official, Portland: You can start loving Carrie Brownstein again!

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Music
In 2006, when Sleater-Kinney played its final show ever at the Crystal Ballroom, an invisible clock began running, counting down to the legendary Portland-via-Olympia riot grrrls' eventual reunion. It just felt inevitable, considering the group didn't seem to implode with acrimony, and because, let's face it, no one stays broken up anymore these days. Well, that clock has finally hit zero. This morning, ...   More
 
Monday, October 20, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Willamette Week's Office on Portlandia: An Annotated Guide to Our Junk

Hey, our stuff is on the teevee!

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Movies & Television
This week Portlandia aired a sketch set at the Portland Tribune, which was actually filmed inside  Willamette Week's office in Northwest Portland.So what’s all that crap scattered around? Don't worry, we know you're dying to know. We're stoked that our stuff is on national television, even if most of us were deemed unfit for camera. WW explains with this annotated catalog of every ...   More
 
Monday, January 28, 2013 by Martin Cizmar

Put a Statuette On It (sigh): Portlandia Earns Two Emmy Nominations

And hey, Grimm got one, too!

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Movies & Television
Who cares about the Emmys? Am I right, Portland? We don't even own televisions here! We're all much too busy with intellectual pursuits like reading our neighbor's unpublished autobiographical graphic novel and participating in physical activities such as unicycle jousting to devote time to things as frivolous as sitcoms, serial dramas, reality programs and whatever the hell Hemingway and Gellhorn ...   More
 
Thursday, July 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: The Shins and M. Ward Snub Portland

Gossip dropped in the ocean at the end.


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CARRIE ON: The sun came up, so it was another big week for Carrie Brownstein. Undeterred by her Mayoral Madness loss to Victoria Taft...   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 WW Culture Staff

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