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Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)


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[HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard from Vursatyl, in the form of his group Lifesavas’ sprawling blaxploitation hip-hopera, Gutterfly. If Vurs were to put out a    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Satan’s Pilgrims

Frankenstomp (Self-Released)


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[SURFIN’ NW] Working primarily with Northwest imprints for more than 20 years has still allowed for Satan’s Pilgrims’ grab bag of surf and garage instrumentals to attain a sort of cultish    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)


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[INTERNET ROCK] Like a proud father, Portland has watched the Helio Sequence grow over the years, from Beaverton startups playing the 24-hour Starbucks to Sub Pop darlings. Throughout, the duo o   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Poison Idea

Confuse & Conquer (Southern Lord)


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[HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: The Earnest Lovers

The Earnest Lovers (Self-Released)


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[HOMEGROWN HONKY-TONK] The Earnest Lovers are aptly named, and not just for the pun on seminal Opry star Ernest Tubb. There’s no ironic remove in their material, just sincere love for traditio   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Copy

Chalice Agenda (Audio Dregs)


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[SYNTHETIC POP] Copy entered the Portland music landscape in an era when indie-rock bands and laptop artists seemed to be facing off like two lame gangs from West Side Story. Then here was this    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Guantanamo Baywatch

Darling…It’s Too Late (Suicide Squeeze)


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[GOLDEN OLDIES] On 2012’s Chest Crawl, Guantanamo Baywatch pushed its surf-punk deep into the murk and stayed there, reveling in the pleasures of getting filthy with bygone sounds. It might    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Mackintosh Braun

Arcadia (Chop Shop/Island)


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[PASSION PIT PANDORA] Portland synth-pop duo Mackintosh Braun just want you to love them. Playing together since 2006, the pair are well known to television execs—they’ve placed songs on Gre   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Michael Dean Damron

When the Darkness Come (Sad Crow)


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[SOMBER SONGWRITER] His much-loved country-punk band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House may not be entirely a thing of the past, but as he closes in on one year of sobriety, Michael Dean Da   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: 1939 Ensemble

Black Diamond Pearl (Jealous Butcher)


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[SOUNDTRACK SANS FILM] Like Talkdemonic before it, 1939 Ensemble is a minimal instrumental outfit that is slowly loosening its internal set of rules. The former drums-and-vibes duo of Jose Medel   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN
 

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