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Dustin Krcatovich

freelance music/film/culture writer

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Dustin Krcatovich is a writer, musician, DJ, and insufferable contrarian based in Portland, Oregon. He is a journalist and critic with nearly two decades in the field, with bylines for Esquire, the Quietus, DownBeat, FLOOD, Riot Fest, Kerrang!, Under The Radar, Tiny Mix Tapes, and several other outlets. Reportedly, his writing once deeply offended a member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers.

Dustin's specialties include jazz, myriad underground musics, films both wildly experimental and unabashedly mainstream, and trashy nostalgia.

Never Forget the Day Fabio Killed a Bird With His Face and Changed the World

Steve Eearly, The Virginian-Pilot Seventeen years ago today, everything changed. For those of us who came of age in the late 1990s, it was our Shot Heard 'Round The World, our Day The Music Died, our Secret Handjob At The First Lollapalooza. In an era rife with divisiveness and scandal-Whitewater, the O.

Riot Fest
Andrew W.K.'s Philosophy of American Pizza - Riot Fest

It should go without saying to most Riot Fest readers that Andrew W.K. is passionate about a lot of things: the party, music, kindness, the Party Party. However, few things stir his considerable well of passion more than pizza, and on that subject as much as any, Andrew's approach is radically inclusive and judgment-free.

The Rock 'n' Roll Legacy of Penelope Spheeris, Director of 'Wayne's World'

Courtesy of Penelope Spheeris Above: Spheeris on the set of Wayne's World with Rob Lowe and Mike Myers. Penelope Spheeris likes to say that, had she not become a film director, she would have ended up in jail or dead. Born into a traveling carnival family, Spheeris spent her formative years in various trailer parks with an unstable alcoholic mother.

Tiny Mix Tapes
Interview: Neil Hamburger

If not for Neil Hamburger, America's Funnyman, we likely would have never made it through the horrors of 9/11. If you need proof: Well, we're still here, right?

Good Boys: Rating Dogs with Portland Experimentalists Golden Retriever

Portland, Oregon, duo Brenna Murphy Golden Retriever initially got their name from a dream that their friend, the multimedia artist , had about them, wherein the two were together in a field surrounded by puppies of the breed from whence they borrow their moniker.

Joe McPhee/John Butcher: At The Hill of James Magee

At The Hill Of James Magee (Trost) By Dustin Krcatovich   |   Published April 2019 Given the respective reputations of saxophonists Joe McPhee and John Butcher in the field of outer limits sound exploration, it's fitting that At The Hill Of James Magee, a 2010 recording just now seeing release, finds the duo collaborating-for the first time-not just on the edges of sound, but near the edge of civilization.

The Quietus
The Quietus | Features | A Quietus Interview | Semi-Incongruous Morass: The Past, Present and...

There are precious few cultural institutions in Portland, Oregon nowadays that one might call sacred. Once something of a rock & roll never-never land, the city in recent years has become a haven for more-norm-than-normcore tech workers and other bourgeois refugees from around the world, and with that "progress" has inevitably come the bulldozing of a glorious, unscrubbed history.

Under The Radar
Album of the Week: Algiers

The Underside of Power Out Now via Matador When it comes to good rock and roll music, the best combos out there are the ones for whom the subcategories don't mean a thing. Really, though: how much rote emo, electroclash, chamber-pop, gangsta rap, witchhouse, garage rock (the '00s revival, I mean, not the actual thing), whatever, has ever held up past its sell-by date?

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