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Thrice – Major/Minor Album Review

Orange County band Thrice have certainly come a long way from playing emotive post-hardcore (or screamo) and touring with bands like American Nightmare, Converge, and Bane, to creating interesting and dense straight-ahead rock albums. It’s not like this is big news, though; Thrice have been moving further along from their second major label album Vheissu...Read...
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Starfucker – Bury Us Alive Music Video

Starfucker works with Joshua Cox on this beauty, taking kaleidoscopic imagery generally manifested through digital means and turning it on an analog head. In what must have been a high-budget, laboriously-planned effort, this video for “Bury Us Alive” sees the appearance of clever special effects and earthy costumes. The team that put this together was...Read...
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Mastodon – “Spectrelight” Music Video

Godammit! Yet another kick-ass video from the ever-so-artistically-minded Mastodon. The original cover, which features the 3-dimensional wood-sculptured artwork of Portland-based artist AJ Fosik, is chopped up, mirrored many times over, and shot into outerspace. Expect our interview with AJ Fosik soon! As for the track itself, Scott Kelly of Neurosis offers vocals once again. Says...Read...
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Nerves Junior – “Kale” Music Video

I’m into this mopey video full of nonchalant creepers. In this video for “Kale” (which populates the YouTube “Suggestions” sidebar with many a tutorial on the many ways to properly prepare kale), Nerves Junior are the perfect combination of somewhat present and really lethargic. As attractive women climb all over the band members, coyly distracting...Read...
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TBA Festival 2011: Sarah Dougher – Fin de Siècle Performance Review

I had no idea what to expect from Fin de Siècle by Portland composer Sarah Dougher. The show turned out to be unlike anything else I’ve experienced in all of my five years attending the TBA Festival. Dougher’s performance was described in the TBA booklet as combining Leslie Scalapino’s abstract narrative of war, labor, and...Read...
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TBA Festival 2011 : Michael Reinsch – Gallery Walk Art Review

As of Day 9 of TBA, I’m tentatively awarding Michael Reinsch’s Gallery Walk “Best in Show.” Reinsch’s performance involves him lumbering about the city in a big white box, embodying the construct of the modern white cube gallery. His monstrance, supported by an elaborate harness system and including pockets for crackers, grapes, cheddar and Perrier,...Read...
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Mattress – Eldorado EP Album Review

Not for the faint of heart, Rex Marshall’s newest release as Mattress is audibly visceral and uniquely his own, a mix of ghastly vocals and screeching synthesizers. And while it’s certainly not the most polished album, Eldorado EP offers plenty in the way of unabashed realism and guitar free rock and roll. With each track...Read...
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MusicfestNW 2011 : Explosions In The Sky, The Antlers, Typhoon, Eluvium Live Show Review

September 16th, 2011 – Pioneer Square Courthouse, Portland, OR MusicfestNW is a festival unlike most festivals, because most of it takes place indoors. Within the past few years, the good curators have added a stage in downtown Portland, or as it would be referred to by many people over and over, the backyard of Portland...Read...
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TBA Festival 2011 : Andrew Dinwiddie – Get Mad at Sin! Performance Review

Andrew Dinwiddie has meticulously recreated a live sermon by the evangelist preacher Jimmy Swaggart, recorded in Van Buren, Arkansas, circa 1971. In a remarkably fluent echo of the original (peppered with emphatic interjections, “Huh!”) Dinwiddie inhabits the persona of the Pentecostal firebrand as he spits and fulminates up and down a tented catwalk, his mic...Read...
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