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Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)


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[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: And And And, The Failure

The Failure (Party Damage)


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[THE NEW WORKING CLASS] Technically, The Failure is billed as And And And’s official debut full-length, but anyone following the local music scene since 2010 has probably heard at least a fe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)


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[PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fifteen For ’15

Ranking the most-anticipated local albums of the coming year.


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If there were a Geiger counter to subjectively measure the year in music, the results would say that 2014 was not a particularly great one. Outside of D’Angelo finally emerging from the wild   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Best Portland Albums of 2014


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Aan, Amor ad Nauseum (pictured above) It took the better part of a decade, but Aan’s long-awaited debut is a genuine triumph—nine spiraling tracks of nuanced, neo-rock ’n’ roll. Agalloc   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Albums We Overlooked in 2014


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Bearcubbin’ Girls With Fun Haircuts (Self-Released)(pictured above) [BUBBLE PROG] To relegate Bearcubbin’ to the ghetto of “math rock” is a big mistake: Odd meters and frenetic rigging as   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)


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[AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams from Portland’s former mayor-turned-DJ. But as the frontman for his almost eponymous band, Sama Dams, the other Adams has don   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)


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[GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Usnea

Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse)


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[DOOM METAL] On its self-released debut, Usnea offered a psychedelic nightmare of twisted riffage and effects abuse that set the band a comfortable parsec apart from the Portland metal pack. Sop   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


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[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK
 

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