MUSIC: “HOME for Duane Jarvis: Frank Black, Willy Vlautin, Billy Rancher’s Unreal Gods, NvrSayNvr, Jon Koonce and One More Mile, The Odds Reunion”

[ROCK FOR A CAUSE] HOME stands for “Help Offset Medical Expenses,” and right now Duane Jarvis needs some major help to sort out medical expenses from his recent shitty cancer diagnosis and treatment. Though he eventually left Portland for Nashville (where he recorded with fellas like Frank Black, Dwight Yoakam and John Prine), locals should remember how Jarvis and his bro Kevin rocked Portland back in the day with their group the Odds. Continue reading

BARS: “The Cave”

From Willamette Week, 6/11/08:

SUBTERRANEAN BLISS: With the hominess of a house show, the covert charm of a speakeasy, a menu filled with delicious-sounding cheap Persian vegetarian specialties and bric-a-brac décor recalling a ’50s beatnik cafe, The Cave (636 SW Jackson St., 274-4294) is an unpretentious blessing to Portland jazz. Continue reading

FILM REVIEW: “The Promotion”

From Willamette Week, 6/11/08:

Director Steve Conrad has essentially remade the 2005 filmThe Weather Man (which he wrote for Gore Verbinski) but swapped a TV station for the supermarket and replaced the existentially whacked-out Nicholas Cage with two aspiring grocers, Seann William Scott and John C. Reilly. Continue reading