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Album Review: The Minus 5

Dungeon Golds (Yep Roc)


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[PSYCH ADJACENT] If the Minus 5 wants to count this as its 10th album, fine. But the dozen tracks on Dungeon Golds originate from Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror, a 2014 Record Store Day b   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Show Us Your Mind (New Moss)


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[POLISHED DISTORTION] Anyone who’s ever walked through the streets with music blaring through headphones has experienced how whatever you’re listening to affects the way you move. If you’r   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Cool Nutz

#BRUH (Self-Released)


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[ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have always had a penchant for crowning themselves the “king” or “queen” of whatever town they happen to lord over, but few actually have the track r   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 TJ LOVE

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)


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[EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)


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[FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one    More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Grand Lake Islands

Song From Far (Good Mountain)


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[RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting experimen   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)


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[SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)


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[FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

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
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