Halsey “Halseycaust” Swain

The wild life and wildlife of Portland’s most extreme visual artist.


Music Stories
Illustrator Halsey Swain speaks in a matter-of-fact, almost backwoods drawl. Though she has called Portland home for five years, she was born in Marblehead, Mass., not far from the other Salem.&nb   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 NATHAN CARSON

Joe Biel, Beyond the Music

Like a long car ride with your Uncle Hank.


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Punk zinester Joe Biel’s Powell’s chat will be a riot. Expect stories about cops breaking up fights outside house shows, roadies on endless tours and squatting mobs reclaiming abandoned homes   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Aged and Warped

What listening to 17 Warped Tour compilations in a row tells us about punk rock.


Music Stories
The Warped Tour—that musical ball pit of scrubbed and shiny punk sounds for teenagers—finally turns 18 this year. It is old enough to go to college. To vote. To move out of the house. To royal   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Extended Q&A: John K Samson

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I often say, without thinking about it too much, that John K Samson is the greatest living songwriter. I really should say he's "my favorite" instead of getting all high and mighty about it, but I suppose that in pushing the issue, I hope to get people to pay attention to his words and the truth that seems inherent in his storytelling. His songs—with the Weakerthans or on his own—always offer something ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Upper Extremities #30: Batmen Q&A

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I’ve listened to the four songs on Batmen’s 2010 demo hundreds of times since getting hipped to this mysterious (to me) Portland band early last year. During the months it took to log those hundreds of listens, I checked in on Batmen’s Facebook page once in a while to scope the scene, hoping for an update about new material, upcoming shows, t-shirts, head colds, whatever. But nope—nothing. ...   More
 
Friday, March 9, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Cut of the Day: Yo Adrian! "All Downhill from Here"

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Ladies and gents, please say hello to new WW intern Collin Gerber. -Ed.We’ve all heard it: “The Dream of the '90s is alive in Portland!” Whether that claim alludes to real aspects of Portland life (I’ve been hoping to run into a pair of Jnco Jeans since my arrival here) or is delivered with tongue planted in cheek, Portland steady rockers/pop-punks Yo Adrian! keep the vibe of quality '90s punk ...   More
 
Monday, February 13, 2012 COLLIN GERBER

The Thermals Tour Diary: They Have Gravity in China, Too (Part One of Three)


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Thermals frontman Hutch Harris was rad enough to take us up on our offer to keep a diary while touring China last month. It will appear in three parts this week. Disclaimer: This journal is my personal account of The Thermals' recent trip to China. It is in no way intended to be a historical or political lesson about China. Certain information has been censored for your protection. — Hutch ...   More
 
Monday, April 5, 2010 The Thermals

Cherie Currie: The Interview


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After reviewing the punk rock biopic The Runaways this past week, I caught up with the lady at the center of it all: Runaways lead singer Cherie Currie, whose book Neon Angel inspired the film. Though I didn't think actress Dakota Fanning did Currie justice, I had Cherie herself weigh in with her thoughts on the film, the production, and her post-rock-star life. Willamette Week: Would you say ...   More
 
Friday, April 9, 2010 Ali Rothschild

TBA 2010: Japanther vs. Night Shade at the Works


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10 pm Thursday, Sept. 9 at the Works at Washington High School "I can't see your faces but I can feel your energy!" Love was in the air last night for the eighth annual TBA Festival's kickoff battle jam: frenzied Brooklyn fun-punks Japanther faced off against local shadow-puppeteers Night Shade for an adventure worthy, in all of its sweetness and sweat, of the hallowed halls of Washington ...   More
 
Friday, September 10, 2010 Caitlin Mccarthy

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