Print Edition for the week of
Aug. 29 - Sep. 4, 2012

Vol. 21, No. 52
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On display at Elvistravaganza at Bumbershoot, Sept 1–3. See more of Ron’s work at

Savage Love


I, Anonymous

Hard Ginger Bullshit


Mike Birbiglia Is a Real Person

Storytelling, Night Terrors, and Sleepwalk with Me

Phone-Sex Sisters

For a Good Time, Call... Is Thelma and Louise Without the Suicide Pact

Robot & Frank: A Great New Sci-Fi Flick Set in the Present

Bootlegging for Fun and Profit

Blood and Booze in John Hillcoat’s Lawless

Art House

Side by Side: The Never-Ending End of Cinema


Up & Coming

Lose your serious chicken every night this week!

Doom Not to Repeat History

Samothrace Survive Drug Addiction and Lineup Changes to Keep Reinventing Themselves

What's Crappening?

News, Reviews, and Puke

My Philosophy

Art Vandelay's Breaking Bad Tribute, Eighty4 Fly, and More

Data Breaker

Maga Bo, Amon Tobin's ISAM, Holy Other, Freaky Flow

The Homosexual Agenda

Solomon "Coco-Nips" Georgio Returns, One Night Only


Divine Fits, Yeasayer, Daughn Gibson

Poster of the Week

Flatstock at Bumbershoot


Lo-Fi Lepers

Art vs. Nature: Round Six

Free Will Astrology

For the Week of August 29

Visual Art

You Design the Top of the Space Needle (Really)

Plus, the Epic Search for the 1962 Orange


Jonathan Wakuda Fischer's Shape-Shifting Digital Superstitions

Loose Lips

Chinese Cadavers at Internment Sites, Street Fights, and Tiny Spaces


The Little Prince

Nicholson Baker's Microscope Is Telescopic

Food & Drink

Bee-Attracting Sandwiches and PCP Cookies in the U-District

Fat Ducks Offers One-Stop Shopping for Both These Things

Now Open

New Places for Stuffing Faces


He's Back!


Presto Change-o!

Is One Tim Eyman Campaign Secretly Funding Another?

Stuck in a Room with Mitt Romney

What It’s Like to Be Trapped with 50,000 Republicans at the RNC

What Would Jesus Say About Election-Law Violations?

A Catholic Bishop's Attempt to Fund an Anti-Gay Election PAC Goes Too Far, the State Says

Sources Say

Where the Best News Goes to See and Be Seen



Worn Out

Drunk of the Week

What Do You Do?

Public Editor

A Critical Overview of The Stranger

I Love Television

Self-Induced Comas: Give 'Em a Chance!


Savage Love Episode 306

Last Days

The Week in Review

Bumbershoot Guide

The Stranger's 2012 Bumbershoot Guide!

Here's What We Think of Every Damn Thing Happening at This Year's Festival (BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!)

Touch Me, I'm Sub Pop's Warehouse Manager

Mudhoney's Mark Arm Hurt His Left One Fulfilling Record Store Orders

I'm More Than Hair

An Interview with Skrillex's Haircut

Ask a Musicologist

Why Is That Gotye Song So Catchy?

Listening to the Pharmacy After Having Taken a Pharmacy's Worth of Drugs

It's a Little Discursive, But We Get There Eventually

Are You Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino?

Take This Quiz and Find Out!

Face Dances

The Head-Bending Pleasures of Cherdonna and Lou

Brought to You by Jane's Addiction

A Brief History of the Band That Is Responsible for Everything

Meet Christopher Martin Hoff

He Painted the City Where You Live

El Diablo in Disguise

Robert "El Vez" Lopez and His Journey from Punker to Elvis Impersonator

Mistakes Were Made

A (Probably Partial) List of Corrigenda for How to Be a Person

The Fall and Fall of a Great Band

Why Aren't Fishbone as Big as Red Hot Chili Peppers?

Fast, Loose Radio Theater

Opening the Throttle at Sandbox Radio Live!

Happiness Is All the Rage

The Promise Ring and I Finally Meet After Several Years Filled with Boys, Breakups, and Misunderstandings

The Vaselines Are Back Together

Now Let's Get Them Back Together

Never Heard of 'Em: Tony Bennett

Worn Out

Beauty Marks and Dirty Bath Mats: The Fashions of John Waters