Scott McHale

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“Being Close” by Little Star

Little Star’s “Being Close” is one of our 11 favorite albums of 2016. In it, there’s sadness, power and an unmistakable meeting of art and life.

Portland Author Casey Jarman

In November’s literary arts profile, we talk to Casey Jarman, the author of “Death: An Oral History.” In his new book, Jarman explores our cultural anxiety about death, how it clashes with capitalism and what renowned writers and thinkers told him about the ultimate existential subject.

Portland writer Martha Grover

A keen observer of Portland life, writer Martha Grover discusses her new book “The End of My Career” and her deep love for Sandy River in this month’s literary arts profile.

“The Origin of Error” by Eclisse

“…the tracks have a deeply menacing tone that made metal so alluring to fans in the early days.” Read our review of the new album from Portland’s Eclisse.

Mild High Club

Mild High Club’s “Skiptracing” is the album you’ll want to float down a river to this summer. Catch Alex Brettin in person July 21 at Holocene.

A.M. O’Malley

Read our interview with Portland poet A.M. O’Malley, whose new book is “Expecting Something Else” from University of Hell Press.

“Hot Fool” by The Lower 48

  Since shedding their folky roots in Minneapolis years ago and recreating themselves in Portland,…

Portland Writer Monica Drake

“The first short story in ‘The Folly of Loving Life’ begins with a lover’s note from the narrator pleading for forgiveness after throwing her boyfriend’s favorite shirt in a free box on the curb and trying to throw his sneakers up on the powerlines.”

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats at Wonder Ballroom

Not wasting any time easing the sold-out crowd in, Nathaniel Rateliff and his band broke…

Dr. Dog @ Crystal Ballroom 2/4/2016

Dr Dog’s last album B-Room has been playing consistently on my turntable for a couple…