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Album Review: Colossal Yes

Loosen the Lead and Spoil the Dogs (Jackpot)


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[NEW CLASSIC ROCK] Utrillo Kushner is at his best when he’s hung-over. Loosen the Lead and Spoil the Dogs, the Comets on Fire drummer’s third more-or-less solo album under the name Colossal Ye   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Black Prairie

A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart (Sugar Hill)


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[WORLDLY ACOUSTIC] For the five members of Black Prairie—all of whom come from well-established acts such as the Decemberists and Dolorean—the band is an experimental melting pot. Letting lo   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Pictorials

Learning EP (Deja View)


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[PACIFIC NORTHWEST BRITPOP] One of the bona fides touted by the trio Pictorials in its bio is how the head of Badman Recording Co., Dylan Magierek, asked the band to record an EP after the group h   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Chasing Away The Dots (Fluff and Gravy)


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[GIVE THE SIDEMAN SOME] The latest solo effort by Mike Coykendall is probably going to be the one that finally gets this erstwhile backup musician some long overdue attention. Unfortunately, tha   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Gaytheist

Stealth Beats (Good To Die)


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[PUNK METAL] A name like Gaytheist is meant to antagonize, and on Stealth Beats, the new full-length from this pulverizing trio, that is precisely what the band does. Armed with a rumbling low end   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Onuinu

Mirror Gazer (Bladen County Records)


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[DISCO-HOP] While similarities between Onuinu (aka Dorian Duvall) and such electro-pop luminaries as Youth Lagoon, oOoOO and Washed Out can be easily established, Mirror Gazer, Onuinu’s debut    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Ben Mason

Acapulco: Volume 2—Pdx (Self-Released)


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[VOX HUMANA] I don’t envy any new artist trying to get themselves noticed these days. Unless they’re packing some major-label heat, the only way to crack the full-to-bursting head and hard-dri   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Wax Fingers

Tender (Self-Released)


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[MATH POP] Tender, the four-song sophomore release from Portland trio Wax Fingers, finds the group growing further accustomed to life within its oddly colored shell. A group of psychedelic day   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Incredible Yacht Control

Amateur Hypnotist (Self-Released)


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[HEAVY POP] Amateur Hypnotist opens with 3½ minutes of queasy, warped-tape instrumental fare. That shaky stretch of sound serves as fair warning to ye brave souls who dare venture beyond. Thoug   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Cassow

Future Classic (Frsh Slcts)


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[PO-HOP] Portland rapper Cassow (pronounced KAH-so, as in Picasso) has fast become known for his ability to rap thought-provoking lyrics, but it was one of his recent tweets that had a big effect    More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REED JACKSON
 

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