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Album Review: Neo Boys

Sooner or Later (K)

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[REDISCOVERED PUNK] Ninety seconds into this excavation of the deceptively named late-’70s proto-riot grrrls the Neo Boys, the band flubs a part, stops, and starts the song over, as a live crowd   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grails

Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence)

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[AVANT-GARDE EPHEMERA] For those unfamiliar with the mythology of Portland experimental rock troupe Grails, Black Tar is the catchall name for the various limited-edition releases that the band co   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Epp

Chrome Plated Chronicles (1210 Music)

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[HIP-HOP] On “Heart of Gold,” the airy opener to Epp’s proper solo debut, Chrome Plated Chronicles, the Portland MC matter-of-factly proclaims, “You can’t tell us that we ain’t working   More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Just Lions

Paper Cage (Self-Released)

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[AUGHT ROCK] Just Lions’ new EP, Paper Cage, conjures a sense of alt-rock playfulness harking back to the early 2000s. In Cake-like fashion, frontman Chandler Strutz speaks more than sings on    More
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)

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[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Vice Device/Void Vision

Split EP (Accident Prone)

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[DARKWAVE] If Vice Device has any musical vice, it’s dissonance. The dark synth-pop group employs it as much as any Neue Deutsche Welle-loving band should. The real energy on “Fractured Desi   More
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Lovers

A Friend in the World (Badman)

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[SYNTH-POP CONFESSIONALS] By the time Portland discovered Lovers, singer-songwriter Carolyn Berk had already begun shedding the “female Conor Oberst” tag that dogged her early days as a teenag   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Blouse

Imperium (Captured Tracks)

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[EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium, Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from the tail end of the New Wave era, whose    More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Magic Mouth

Devil May Care (Fast Weapons)

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[SOUL PUNK] Magic Mouth frontman Stephfon Bartee blasts off this four-song EP with a shout of, “Ain’t you got no shame?!” and the answer to that is embedded in the quaking, rockabilly-ish rave-u   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Plankton Wat

Drifter’s Temple (Thrill Jockey)

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Guitarist Dewey Mahood’s departure from Eternal Tapestry, the free-range psych band of which he was a member for a decade, happened quietly. There were no big blowups, no residual ill will. Un   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 ROBERT HAM
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