In 1969, Dr. J. Allen Hynek delivered an address titled Twenty-one Years of UFO Reports to the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In it, he developed the language that is still in use today to describe sightings of the unexplained. “I divide the close encounter cases,” Hynek wrote, “into three subdivisions: the close encounter, with little detail; the close encounter with physical effects; and the close encounter in which ‘humanoids’ or occupants are reported.” The latter case is what we now know of as a close encounter of “the third kind.” Continue reading »
Sheltering two illegal immigrants from postwar Italy comes with unexpected consequences for Eddie and Beatrice Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, opening this week at The Pear Theatre. Also this week: John 5, guitarist for Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie brings big, scary guitars to The Ritz Dash Berlin drop the bass at City National Civic and L.A.’s Sinicle shred at The Caravan. Continue reading »
Cinequest wraps up this weekend with personal appearances by director Walter Hill, actress Jane Lynch, Garbo on the big screen at the 90 year old California Theater, and a just-announced appearance by Fred Armisen.
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Speaking with Derek See and Maxwell Borkenhagen, guitarists for local psych rock quartet The Gentle Cycle, it seems that place may be the chief bonding agent in their music’s winding lysergic chain. Continue reading »
There are a whole lot of movies showing at this year’s Cinequest. And that’s not to mention all the cutting edge virtual reality programming. Here are two of Metro film critic Richard von Busack’s picks for films that are showing this weekend. For more Cinequest highlights, check out our Cinequest package. Continue reading »
The imposing dude who mans the stool at the door of the neighborhood watering hole might be known by any number of names. He could be a “bouncer,” a “doorman” or even a “cooler.” He is a familiar face to regulars and a mean mug staring down the rowdy and intoxicated. Continue reading »
Everybody needs a hero, according to Bardo Martinez. Not all wear red capes, sport spit curls and swoop in to save damsels in distress. Some have brown skin, wear frilly Austin Powers shirts and serve Mexicans, Mexican-Americans or Spanish-speakers all over America—or, as Martinez says, “La Raza.” Continue reading »
For those who weren’t moved by the mascara and brooding synth experimentation of bands like Depeche Mode and The Cure, or the caustic affront of hardcore punk bands like Black Flag and Bad Brains, the 1980s marked a dark time for popular, guitar-driven music. By ’81—the year The Rolling Stones released their last great song, “Start Me Up”—drum machines were everywhere, and gauzy soft-rock was fogging up the FM dial. Continue reading »
For Sanae Yamada—keyboardists and one half of psychedelic rockers Moon Duo— the most surreal aspect of relocating from the Bay Area to Portland a few years back was the difference in seasons. Portland’s were pronounced, but she had barely noticed the cyclical shifts in San Francisco. Over time, her memories of Northern California became more difficult to place in time, because there weren’t weather clues attached to them. Continue reading »
There’s just something about the horn line that comes in at about the 32-second mark of “All That Glitters”— the lead-off track from North By North’s excellent sophomore album, Last Days Of Magic—that screams The Blues Brothers. But maybe that’s just a symptom of some sort of rock-writer confirmation bias, owing to the fact that this self-described “ghost punk” trio hail from Chicago.
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