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Album Review: Brainstorm

Heat Waves (Tender Loving Empire)


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[WORLD PARTY] Well, you don’t say: A rock band mixing pop melodies with worldly rhythms and West African guitars? How au courant! While the novelty of that particular formula wore off the moment   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Ocean Floor

Falling Star Castle (Single Girl Married Girl)


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[EXPERIMENTAL POP] Lane Barrington’s last album was full of questions. Literally. It’s called Pop Quiz, and every track title ends in a question mark. The frontman of the Ocean Floor, which st   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Federale

The Blood Flowed Like Wine (Federale)


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[SPAGHETTI NORTHWESTERN] Conceived as a living tribute to the Westerns of Sergio Leone and the dusty Ennio Morricone soundtracks that accompanied them, Federale has one of the best gimmicks of a   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Slants

The Yellow Album (Self-Released)


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[DANCE ROCK] However constant and far-flung their touring—last year’s breakneck schedule capped by a New Year’s Eve jaunt through Kosovo entertaining the troops—the Slants remain Portland�   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Genders

Genders EP (Self-Released)


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[MULTIFACETED POP] When it placed fifth in WW’s Best New Band poll this year, Portland quartet Youth also earned another, more dubious distinction: It became the only act in the poll’s histo   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Nucular Aminals

Start From an End (Self-Released)


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[MISSPELLED BUT UNBOWED] The path Nucular Aminals took to get their third album out was a fraught one. The quartet had planned to travel to Chicago to work with illustrious recording engineer Stev   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Litanic Mask

Litanic Mask (Fast Weapons)


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[NIGHTPLAY] Litanic Mask certainly knows how to create and sustain a mood throughout an album. I put the duo’s self-titled record on repeat for a few hours and was surprised at how often it move   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Weinland

Los Processaur (Woodphone/Jealous Butcher)


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[FOLK ROCK] Forget the quiet, rainy-day Weinland of yesteryear. Within the first few measures of opening track “Bones Cracking In,” the Portland band’s fourth album, Los Processaur, deviat   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Cars & Trains

We Are All Fire (Circle Into Square)


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[ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC] Even if the press materials for We Are All Fire didn’t explicitly talk about how the album centers on the theme of family, and even if Tom Filepp, the man behind Cars & Tr   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Death Songs

Sung Inside a House (Post-Consumer)


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[SOUL FOR REAL] The Shaky Hands were never known for dynamism. The band’s four albums had a strangely flat quality that Nick Delffs and company only ever surmounted when playing live. But hear   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 ROBERT HAM
 

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