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A Peapod grows in Portland

A young label sports sonic wisdom
Harrity’s albums sound like the work of an invisible hand, and it’s apparent that he likes it that way.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 07, 2008

Kernel-industrial complex

Examining a landscape where crops only feed food
Aaron Woolf’s documentary King Corn, which opens the weekend of conversations about local farming and sustainable consumption, is a sound prototype for the new wave of populist eco-docs.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008

Darien Brahms + American Music Club

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, April 21, 2008
Not to diminish where she is right now, but Darien Brahms would make one hell of a novelty dive-bar act in 20 years.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 23, 2008

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Get with the brogram

The Constantines at T.T. the Bear's Place, April 18, 2008
Just shy of midnight, one of the few dozen of us hardcore Constantines disciples at T.T. the Bear’s warns his girlfriend: “You might not like them. They’re really manly.”
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 22, 2008

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Symphony of buds

Nat Baldwin and friends make a familiar but beguiling album
Apart from being an ephemeral player in the local music scene — he played at Strange Maine last fall, while living in Bar Harbor — New Hampshire-based upright bassist Nat Baldwin has some very influential friends.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2008

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Record lows, indies peak

Musical notes
Last week’s number 10 album, Van Morrison’s Keep it Simple, sold just 37,000 copies.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 16, 2008



Cult Maze

Music seen at Geno’s + SPACE Gallery, April 4 + April 6, 2008
Early on in Cult Maze’s all-too-brief tenure as Portland’s best indie-rock band — probably when they were still called The Funeral — I offered to buy Joshua Loring a beer before his set.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 09, 2008

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Always a bridesmaid

But Kathleen Edwards steps forward on her third album
Asking for Flowers is the slickest album yet from Kathleen Edwards — the Canadian alt-country songwriter frequently heralded as the next Lucinda Williams — and her most raw.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 19, 2008

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The power of love

A respected music critic contemplates Celine Dion and has a crisis of conscience
Carl Wilson’s recent entry into Continuum’s esteemed 33 1/3 series — a series of books by critics and musicians devoted to canonical pop albums — is framed by an irresistible concept.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 19, 2008

Samuel James

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, March 8, 2008
It seems trite to refer to Samuel James’s CD-release show as a coronation, but the evidence supports it.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 12, 2008

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Buzzkill

The fickle state of the hype machine
In a self-affirming cover story on “the new speed of hype,” Spin magazine’s March issue profiles Vampire Weekend.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 05, 2008



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Reverence without pity

Black Mountain spin the past into vital modern rock
Unless you actually think Ozzy Osbourne still has some fire in his belly, you can’t help but argue that Black Mountain will be the most exciting rock show to come to Portland in some time.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 20, 2008

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Senses come alive

Did art prove science before science did?
Are Jay-Z’s synapses wired to express supreme confidence?
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 13, 2008

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The odd couple

Revisit one of the great films about the artistic process
British director Mike Leigh is known as a master of kitchen-sink realism, making films about family and relationship conflict weighed down by the demands of contemporary working-class existence.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 13, 2008

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Dinner and a movie

All-in-one
The new Cinemagic Grand at Clarks Pond is the latest and, so far, most amusing development in the regional theater chain’s evolution.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 06, 2008

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Mash-up your prejudices

DJ Spooky remixes The Birth of a Nation
The work of DJ Spooky demonstrates through art the kind of philosophical progress Obama calls for.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 04, 2008



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Scene on Fire

Portland neo-folkies go international
The sun is really shining on Portland’s experimental-folk community these days.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008

Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces

Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 23, 2008

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Antic Digression Disorder

The dizzying wormholes of the Fiery Furnaces
The Fiery Furnaces don’t make things easy on themselves.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 16, 2008

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Grimace and nod

SPACE Gallery highlights 2007’s overlooked documentaries
A four-film series at SPACE Gallery highlights just the sort of cinematic and stylistically ambitious documentaries the Oscars annually ignore.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 09, 2008

An Arts District renaissance

The big idea
If nothing else, 2007 was the year the Arts District found its footing in Portland nightlife.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 02, 2008


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