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Album Review: Albatross

Albatross (Self-Released)

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[SOLLEE WITH STRINGS] Being a distinct frontman is a double-edged sword for Ryan Sollee. The Portlander’s primary outfit, the Builders and the Butchers, delivered yet another album of brooding,    More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Liv Warfield

The Unexpected (Kobalt)

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[GROWN-UP SOUL] Attention, Sir Paul: Liv Warfield questions your ornithological knowledge. “Paul McCartney got it wrong/ I ain’t never want no song,” the Portland-based belter sings on “   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Broken Bells

After the Disco (Columbia)

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[VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco, you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his P   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Dirtclodfight

The Main Sequence (Cavity Search)

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[SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back in 2004. Te   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Make You Better EP (New Moss)

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[MOSS ROCK] When Summer Cannibals released their first full-length, No Makeup, last summer, it was clear the quartet had high ambitions. While the album had plenty of skuzzy guitars, powerful drum   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 GEOFF NUDELMAN

Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)

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[ROUNDBALL ROCK] On a recent Grantland podcast, Stephen Malkmus let his guard down on the secrets behind the awesomely titled Wig Out at Jagbags, his new record with the Jicks. “There’s one song   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Bombs Into You

Shake (Self-Released)

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[HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party mus   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Various Artists

George Jones (Tribute Album) (Deer Lodge)

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[JONESIN’ FOR GEORGE] The late George Jones was a troubled man. By the 1970s, the country great was known as much for his crippling addictions, visits to the psych ward, occasional high-speed    More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Genders

Get Lost (Self-Release)

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[CLOUDY GUITAR POP] On its previous EPs, the spirit of Portland’s Genders lived on the border of Oregon and California, its ’90s-gazing guitar pop drifting from sunshine to shadow. For debut full-length Get Los   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Fanno Creek

Monuments (SoHiTek)

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[INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.     More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 KAITIE TODD
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