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Album Review: Sun Angle

Diamond Junk (New Moss)


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[PSYCH-PUNK] One does not simply record Sun Angle. Feeding psychedelic guitars and pan-global rhythms through punk tempos delivered with free-jazz abandon, the band—a collaboration between thr   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Eluvium

Nightmare Ending (Temporary Residence)


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[INSTRUMENTAL MINIMALISM] Ambient music is a dangerous proposition for even the most studied of musicians. The combination of elongated drones, stillness and washes of synth has to be measured p   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Serge Severe

Boom Bap & Bars Vol. 1 (Focused Noise)


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[HIP-HOP] Portland MC Serge Severe has always had an appreciation for the “golden age” of hip-hop. He released a tape of himself rapping over DJ Premier beats. He refers to  himself as    More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Aina Haina

Aina Haina (Badman Recording Co.)


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[REHEATED ROCK] Every review of the eponymous EP recently released by Aina Haina seems obligated to first mention the day job of Dylan Magierek—producer, engineer and co-founder of globally reno   More
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Old Light

Time (Self-Released)


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[CABBIE TUNES] Portland’s Old Light has been on one hell of a weird trajectory. The project started as a series of autoharp-intensive recordings frontman Garth Klippert played for passengers i   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AP KRYZA

Album Review: Foreign Talks

Foreign Talks (Expunged)


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[FOREIGNERS] To argue the merits of teenage bands means punting lyrics from the outset. Rare are the artists as young men who articulate their passions with any degree of complexity or perspecti   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: The Shivas

Whiteout! (K Records)


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[GARAGE POP] True fans of the Shivas have already heard the songs on their second album a dozen times over, either through seeing the quartet’s sensational live show or by purchasing a copy of W   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Electric Ill

Twisted Light (Amore!Phonics)


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[ELECTRO-POP] Kevin Robinson has already made his name as one half of dream-pop duo Viva Voce and the countrified Blue Giant, and he’s got enough cultural currency saved up to indulge in whateve   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: The We Shared Milk

Lame Sunset (Self-Released)


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[PSYCH-POP] Boone Howard is bummed. On the second album from Portland trio the We Shared Milk, the singer-guitarist sings and plays like he’s trying to navigate through the fog of a particularly   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Nick Jaina

Primary Perception (Fluff & Gravy Records)


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[FOLK] Portland folk-pop singer-songwriter Nick Jaina’s latest record asks you to take a walk with him in search of meaning—whether in regard to relationships, God or the everyday choices we   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 BRIAN PALMER
 

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