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Album Review: Horse Feathers

Cynic’s New Year (Kill Rock Stars)


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[SUBDUED CRAFTSMANSHIP] Horse Feathers is a band of subtleties. Creating a rich sonic space using soft arrangements and minimalist instrumentation is quite a feat. Yet, the Portland band’s fou   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Serge Severe and Terminill

Service Without A Smile (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] We’re used to Serge Severe being the Sharon Jones of boom-bap (boom-Baptone?). On his last two records, the Portland MC has branded himself as a throwback, flowing over jazz and funk   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Radiation City

Cool Nightmare (Tender Loving Empire)


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[FUTURE POP] I don’t think the members of Radiation City are perfectionists, but together they make some perfect pop music. The Portland quintet’s live shows sound like elaborately produced st   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Leigh Marble

Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows (Laughing Stock)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] It has been more than four years since Leigh Marble recorded critically acclaimed sophomore album Red Tornado, and during the elongated gestation of latest offering Where the Knive   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Tope

Until the Next Time We Meet (Amigo/Amiga)


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[PO-HOP] When I first heard Portland rapper Tope five years ago as a member of Living Proof, I immediately fell in love with, above all else, how fun the music sounded. In an era when many Portl   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Wizard Rifle

Speak Loud Say Nothing (Seventh Rule Records)


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[SCRAP METAL] Sam Ford and Max Dameron, better known to Northwest metalheads as Wizard Rifle, create more noise than two human beings have any conceivable right to make. Composed of merely guitar,   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Y La Bamba

Court The Storm (Tender Loving Empire)


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[CULTURES CLASHING] The idea of mashing together the disparate worlds of conjuntos from south of the border and modern, rain-soaked pop is a great one. But Y La Bamba has never really been able to   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Trio Subtonic

I’ll Meet You There Tomorrow (Self-Released)


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[JAZZ] If the kids pried jazz from the old institutions that keep the music on life support and reinvented it for themselves—could this music be cool again? And what would a generation of new    More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Let it Rain

Portland artists cover classic Portland songs for PDX Pop Now!


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[PORTLAND MUSIC] Why shouldn’t the navel-gazingest city in the country have a compilation of its current bands covering important bands from its past? We’ve got our own TV show, after all.&nbs   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pheasant

Self-Titled (Self-Released)


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[INDIE ROCK] Somewhere between And And And’s carefree, swaggering basement pop and Typhoon’s controlled and confessional rock operettas, Pheasant is holding its ground. The local quintet’s s   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
 

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