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Album Review: Gaytheist and Rabbits

Gay*Bits (Good to Die)


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[BRUTAL BROMANCE] As musical couplings go, Gaytheist and Rabbits are a match made in a center for tinnitus research. Beyond sheer volume, the Portland punk-metal agitators also share a common distaste   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Still Caves

Gnarly For Days (Broken Press)


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[GARAGE PSYCH] It’s been almost three years since Still Caves released its promising debut EP, Static Lips, and while the group’s first full-length is just as raw and raucous as its predecessor, t   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: The Fourth Wall

Lovely Violence (Bug Hunt)


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[SHOEGAZE] For a band that’s been around only five years, Portland-via-Hawaii noise-pop group the Fourth Wall has its craft surprisingly well-honed. Its second album,Lovely Violence, is impressively   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 CASEY HARDMEYER.

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

While Sleeping Stay Awake (Riding Easy)


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[GATEWAY METAL] Sons of Huns’ sophomore album has significantly upped the ante from their 2013 debut, Banishment Ritual. In nine songs, the trio kicks down the garage door and blasts out onto a high   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)


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[PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Vacilando

While They Were Dancing (Fluff & Gravy)


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[STONED ROOTS] It should maybe fall under the full-disclosure category that I’m a huge fan of sleepy, atmospheric, low-tempo, vaguely Midwestern pop tunes that feature the pedal steel guitar. The mo   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Half Past, Present Pending (Fluff And Gravy)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Coykendall is known primarily for his role as a producer and engineer who helps build robust soundscapes for some of Portland’s best bands, from M. Ward to Blitzen Tra   More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)


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[FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Joel Magid

Pyramids (Self-Released)


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[LYSERGIC LOVESICKNESS] Even psychedelic troubadours get the blues. On his second album, Joel Magid sounds heartsick and hung over, his head hanging heavy with shame, as he ponders the bodies left to    More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1

Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1 (Good Cheer)


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[PORTLAND POP PRIDE] With a year in its rearview mirror, Portland’s Good Cheer Records formally introduces itself with Sounds Like…Good Cheer Vol. 1, which gives 16 bands a few minutes each to be    More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CHRIS STAMM
 

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