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Walking in the complicated shadows of Elvis Costello's storied past.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  04-13-2012  |  Music

Progress Without Pepper Spraynew

How a burger baron, four indie rockers, a bleeding-heart Muslim and a group of trash tour guides are fighting for the 99%.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  12-06-2011  |  #OCCUPY

Curling? Bedbugs? Daniel Johnston? There's an App for Thatnew

Some weeks are just not great for new movies, and it makes us crazy. What the hell are we going to do tonight if we don't have a screen to stare at? That's where the ol' iPhone comes in. But which iPhone games should you buy?
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  10-21-2009  |  Tech

Why is Modest Mouse Frontman Isaac Brock Starting from Scratch With Obscure Portland Bands?new

Brock, 34, acknowledges that his new role as an indie label kingpin is a departure, though he's quick to add that he's always been interested in the business side of music.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  09-16-2009  |  Music

Zach Galifianakis Is the Best Bro at a Memorable Bachelor Partynew

The Hangover's plot sounds disturbingly like quintessential bro cinema. Only something funny happens on the way to a routine Hollywood man-comedy: Phillips gives a comedic genius his first big break and rediscovers the lost art of screwball.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  06-03-2009  |  Reviews

Biopic 'Notorious' Has Biggie-Sized Moral Lessonsnew

It's not acting that makes Notorious a miss. It's that the plot lines are convoluted, the genre's cliches are in full effect (from audio flashbacks to magazine-cover montages), and the whole thing screams both "Too soon!" and "Too innocent!"
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  01-14-2009  |  Reviews

Longtime Portland MC Mic Censhaw Finally Makes a Solo Standnew

Sure, his name is in the liner notes for experimental hip-hop projects Hungry Mob and Suckapunch, and more traditional beats-and-ryhmes duo the Cleveland Steamers, but Thinking Out Loud is the first full-length album the MC has ever released under his own name.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  11-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Talkdemonic's Latest is Also Its Bestnew

It has taken three Talkdemonic albums to lay the right balance of the elegant and the explosive on tape.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  09-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Valiant Arms Sound Like Old-school Portlandnew

One can find traces of legendary Portland outfits like Hazel and the Crabs in the Arms' (whose first release was, unsurprisingly, a Crabs tribute) new disc, Blue Skies and a Clean Getaway--from the punk-paced snare hits to the rumbling, pumped-up low end and cleanly enunciated vocals.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  08-20-2008  |  Reviews

Notes from Pendleton Rock Campnew

Recently completing its third year, local promoter/musician Peter Walters' Pendleton Rock Camp spent a week crafting bands out of around 50 emo-loving Eastern Oregon kids.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  08-06-2008  |  Music

A Handful of PDX Pop Now!'s Founders Reminisce, Persevere and Conquer Genrenew

The annual PDX Pop Now! festival, which celebrates its fifth birthday this Friday through Sunday at Rotture, shows no signs of aging--even if it has caused a few gray hairs among the heads of four of its founders.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  07-23-2008  |  Concerts

Blind Pilot Knows Your Story, Without Even Lookingnew

"The only way you get universal is by getting really, really specific, and avoiding universal cliches."
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  06-18-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Air Guitar Tips from Bjorn Turoquenew

Team U.S.A. is touring 24 cities, looking for rockers who can compete in the national finals in San Francisco and the world championships on Finland's Kuusisaari Island. Here's how to be one of them.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  06-18-2008  |  Music

The Real Dealnew

Laura Gibson gives new meaning to SXSW's dirtiest word: "networking."
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  03-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews


Just in time for Portland Jazz Fest, here's a crash course in the notoriously daunting genre.
Willamette Week  |  Casey Jarman  |  02-13-2008  |  Concerts

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