Table of contents for week of June 25, 2004
NEWS & FEATURES
Lance Tapley suggests that the recent spate of violence in Portland may not be as random as police are suggesting. Are local gangs involved?
Gang violence of a different stripe is causing a problem down in Boston. As David S. Bernstein reports, a push to federalize street crime could lead to the death penalty for Boston gang members.
Plus, this just in:
ELECTION 2004: Bush getting chewed in dog poll
UPDATE: Zombie goes live
SAMSON SEAGULL: An Arlen Hendrie illustration
Politics and Other Mistakes
Letters to the editor
Game On: Rack on
Sam Pfeifle reviews Now Is Now's fortuitously timed release, Days of Summer, and completely fails to notice the band's lyrical similarity to Andrew W.K.
So much for the nice guy hippies we've always thought Tarpigh were. Now, on their new Skull Crackers, it seems they're a bunch of asshole hippies. By Sam Pfeifle.
Becca Dewan compares local avant-garde musician Sam Lilly to John Zorn, Ravel, Satie, Stravinsky, Ives, Reich, and Frank Zappa. Yikes.
Now that the promising Lollapalooza has been canceled, perhaps you can throw your dollars at the Warped Tour, featuring Newfound Glory and Sugarcult. Or you could save fifty bucks and just beat yourself about the head and neck with a board with a nail in it, which would probably be more fun.
The Beta Band have defied easy characterization since their debut. Just when you think you've got them pigeonholed, they invent a new left field to come out of. By Mac Randall.
It's been a rough month for serious music fans. We've lost another one in Lizzy Mercier Descloux. Franklin Bruno remembers.
A British rapper would seem doomed from the start, but Mike Skinner - a/k/a The Streets - makes it work. By Franklin Soults.
Also, short reviews of:
The Hilliard Ensemble: GUILLAUME DE MACHAUT: MOTETS
Deborah Cox: ULTIMATE
The Mahavishnu Project: PHASE 2
Craig Taborn: JUNK MAGIC
Iron and Wine: OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS
Black Cat Music: OCTOBER NOVEMBER
Quintaine Americana: SHARPSHOOTER BLUES
Peter Keough says Fahrenheit 9/11 is more smoke than fire. We're still planning to see it.
Short reviews of:
DODGEBALL: A TRUE UNDERDOG STORY
Megan Grumbling says Two Lights puts an ambitious Latin spin on Le Cid.
Chris Thompson explores Wenda Gu's United Nations, a work about the cultural gaps that exist all across the globe.
The man who brought us Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally, takes on a more contemporary injustice with The Tyrant's Novel. Richard C. Walls explores Keneally's thinly-veiled take on the Iraq war.
Is Local 188 a restaurant that also sells art? Or an art gallery that happens to serve food? Andy King investigates.
Best Music Poll 2004
The Best of 2003
Portland Band Guide