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What's F'N Next: Naomi Punk (Olympia, Washington)

In the Pacific Northwest, Naomi Punk started playing in various underground projects as teenagers about 10 years ago, self-releasing online EPs and CD-Rs to the locals, unconcerned with ever being part of the greater "music world."

By LIZ PELLY @LIZPELLY  |  November 09, 2012
Immortals Short Take

Review: Immortals

In Ancient Greece a stonemason is plucked from obscurity to battle evil while a posse of beautiful gods look on from their fabulous Olympian penthouse, before plunging earthwards to kick mortal butt.
Tarsem Singh's "visionary" directing
By SHEILA JOHNSTON  |  November 11, 2011

Bryan Ferry | Olympia

From the Kate Moss cover pic to the A-list of guest stars to the reunion with original Roxy Music members Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay, Olympia screams, "EVENT!"
Astralwerks (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 22, 2010

Quasi | American Gong

I don't know what it is about the top left corner of our country that moves its indie-rockers to cuten up their miseries into adorable little creatures (see: Death Cab, Built To Spill, Elliott Smith, and my favorite specimen, Quasi), but it's a trick tha
Kill Rock Stars (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  February 26, 2010

Be afraid

This Halloween, if you want to scare the crap out of your favorite political activist — liberal or conservative — skip the fright mask, fake blood, and glowing green goop.
The Dunlap horror
By AL DIAMON  |  October 30, 2009

Folie à deux

Once upon a time in Unrealityland, there were two senators named Olympia and Susan. They were good senators, always looking out for the Unrealists' best interests.
A fairy tale about government spending
By AL DIAMON  |  March 18, 2009


Adam and Eve

A day at New York City Ballet that starts with a matinee of Coppélia and ends with a Balanchine evening might seem to offer merely the contrast between classic and modern, old and new.
It's boy-meets-girl at New York City Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 13, 2009

TESTING - Download

By BANNING EYRE  |  November 17, 2008


Probably most music lovers wouldn’t head their greatest-composer list with Carl Orff, despite the popularity of his violent, garish, sumptuously tuneful Carmina burana .
The BSO’s Carmina burana, the Cantata Singers, the Boston Camerata, and BLO’s Tales of Hoffmann
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  November 11, 2008

Love during wartime

J.B. Mpiana, one of the reigning stars of contemporary Congolese music, brings a 25-strong stage show to Memorial Auditorium in Lynn this Friday, November 7, at 9 pm.
J.B. Mpiana brings his Congolese party machine to…Lynn?
By BANNING EYRE  |  November 05, 2008

Portland City Council

As with the other races, we asked each candidate what their first major effort would be, once elected.
A look at who’s running for City Hall
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 29, 2008


The plebiscites

Olympia has promised to spend at least $112 million developing a large casino-resort-hotel, likely somewhere in the town of Oxford, roughly an hour’s drive north of Portland.
There are three referendum questions all Maine voters must consider on Election Day.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 29, 2008

Stars Kill Rock

With the Paper Chase coming to town (June 25, Middle East upstairs) in support of their new Kill Rock Stars disc, Now You Are One of Us , we decided to check out some of the other stuff the Olympia indie imprint and its sister label, 5RC, have put out l
KRS's latest
By WILL SPITZ  |  October 27, 2008

Beatin’ the odds

Imagine this: A developer suddenly shows up in your rundown little town and announces plans for a multi-million-dollar project.  
Politics and other mistakes
By AL DIAMON  |  October 16, 2008

Portland scene report: July 25, 2008

The Portland music scene is getting all kinds of Web-friendly.
Sibilance starts now

Saving a sinking waterfront

The near-identical proposals to fix up and revitalize the Maine State Pier are in as uninspiring shape as the pier itself.
Redeveloping the Maine State Pier has gone wrong from the beginning — let’s get our priorities back in order


‘Home team’ wins round two

In the battle for the Portland Developer Championship the score now is 1 to 1.
Pier preview
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  July 25, 2007

Crossword: ''Peace Sign Hook''

Sounds a little naughty, don't it?
By MATT JONES  |  July 18, 2007

The500s + The RattleSnakes

Portland’s The500s’ contemporary contribution to the indie-pop world is just to the badass side of twee.
Music seen at the Soundpost, July 15, 2007
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 18, 2007

Deadly art

It’s tempting to see two new biographies of Leni Riefenstahl and assume they’ll push the envelope, and expose the dirt about her personal life.
Sorting out the life and career of Leni Riefenstahl
By MICHAEL BRONSKI  |  April 10, 2007

Just the Fax

This article originally appeared in the August 13, 1993 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Kurt Cobain to the Phoenix : ‘F--- off!’
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 29, 2007


Park it

If you believe the Portlanders who worked on the Olympia Companies proposal for redeveloping the Maine State Pier, the competition between their outfit and Ocean Properties is simple.
Both proposals for the Maine State Pier are missing something big
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 08, 2007

Of pols and pop culture

The Tote Board’s preliminaries are almost over, meaning next week we begin to set the odds.
A fifth, and final, cardinal rule for presidential wannabes
By STEVEN STARK  |  February 28, 2007

Blown away

Jean Hay Bright tried once before to run against US Senator Olympia Snowe. Snowe's tracks: How moderate is Maine's senior senator?
Jean Hay Bright’s fight to topple a political icon
By SARA DONNELLY  |  October 18, 2006

Curse of the twentysomethings

What the hell does it mean to be a twentysomething in 2006? Generation Snark. By Nina MacLaughlin
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  September 27, 2006

The Gossip

Like White Stripes, the Gossip have always been masters of making a lot out of little — just drums, voice, and guitar.
Standing In The Way Of Control | Kill Rock Stars
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 22, 2006



Olympia Snowe would protect me, I thought. I continued to believe that right up until January 31, when she voted to support George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Did Maine’s US senators betray women during the recent battles for the Supreme Court bench?
By SARA DONNELLY  |  March 02, 2006

Letters to the Portland Editor, February 24, 2006

Lance Tapley is my hero; he has the guts to reveal the stories of the abuse and oppression of the poor, disabled and elderly once again.
Readers fire back on the issues of oppression of the poor and elderly, Governor Baldacci's re-election plan, and Woody Allen's Match Point